The Chancellor said he knew that many businesses were “hurting now” because of the coronavirus crisis as he unveiled another injection of cash to help employers.
Businesses have demanded clarity and called for friction in trade with the EU to be kept to a minimum after the UK set out its blueprint for talks with Brussels.
Exporters are still struggling with the impact of Brexit uncertainty and weaker global trade, a business group has warned.
The prolonged shortage of skilled workers faced by companies is “not sustainable” amid fresh evidence of problems in hiring suitably qualified staff, according to a new report.
Car giant Nissan has said it is still looking for clarity over the Brexit trade deal.