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East’s businesses back Boris over pace of lockdown easing

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The majority of East of England businesses are behind the government when it comes to the pace at which lockdown restrictions are being eased, a survey suggests.

More than two thirds of the region’s firms (68%) backs prime minister Boris Johnson’s ‘easy does it’ approach and feels government should act neither faster nor more slowly, according to a study by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

It polled 101 businesses in the east between March 1 and 15 of this year and found that 66% felt they could operate at close to full capacity (80% or more) once restrictions are lifted.

However, a sizeable minority — a net balance of 23% — favoured a faster route out of lockdown while 9% preferred a slower easing of restrictions.

Other data gathered by the........

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