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Wedding blues for UK's small businesses

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Wedding blues for UK's small businesses

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As millions celebrate the royal wedding, Britain’s small businesses say they are paying a steep price having to give workers a day off.

Economists estimate each public holiday costs the British economy around 6.75 billion euros in lost productivity and Andrew Cave of the Federation of Small Businesses said it is his members who are suffering most: “I think the kind of businesses that will be most hit will be small manufacturers and transport companies that find they may only employ four or five or six people and they may have to shut down for the best part of a week and just as we’re coming out of a recession now is not a good time to have to down tools and stop operation for that length of time.”

Individual workers could also lose out depending on the wording of their contract of employment, which may or may not entitle them to time off.

A survey of British employers showed that one in ten are not giving their workers a paid day off, which trade unions have criticised.