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A Manifesto for Resilience with East End Trades Guild

By Sarah Henderson

*From our mailout to the Echo Community, Friday 27th March*

In the light of new support offered to the self-employed by the UK government yesterday (we found this summary from The Guardian quite helpful), we urgently want to hear from self-employed people in the Echo network about how this situation is directly affecting you, and whether you think these new measures are adequate.

Times like these call for collaboration, so we’re delighted to be joining forces with our friends at East End Trades Guild to support their Manifesto for Resilience, and work together to demand better support from local and national government for the UK’s small businesses, freelancers and self-employed people – see a short summary below.

Krissie and the team at East End Trades Guild are collating information from businesses, freelancers and self-employed people to be included in the manifesto, in order to make the case for the immediate support you really need at this time.

If you’re self-employed and your business has been directly affected by the current crisis, we’d be really grateful if you could share a few thoughts that we can use to help build the case to local and national government.

You can submit your views here (it should take 5 minutes max).

What is the Manifesto for Resilience?

East End Trades Guild are developing this manifesto, with the support of New Economics FoundationGuardians of the ArchesEcho and other partners.

Our message: Small businesses account for 60% of all employment and yet the offer to them is nowhere near adequate for the immediate or long-term impacts of this crisis. The debt finance the Government has proposed will never allow businesses to recover unless bold and radical action is taken now.

The manifesto is calling for a number of immediate actions regarding rent reductions, a freeze on taxes and other bills, and government grants.

It also calls for a number of medium-term actions, in order to support the development of a genuinely sustainable local economy to ensure that we never find ourselves in this situation again.

You can read the full manifesto here.


Echo has worked with East End Trades Guild on a number of initiatives since 2016. You can learn more about their work here. We love their motto “Together we are stronger” – and couldn’t agree more, especially during a time like this.