As part of a weekend of commemorations, people will be invited to put a light in their windows on the evening of Saturday, July 4 in remembrance of those we have lost during the pandemic. Public buildings will be lit up in NHS blue, including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.

The letter reads: “As businesses we will be part of that moment because we too have many people to thank. Our colleagues, our suppliers, our customers and our communities. These have been difficult times for us all and we have only survived because of them.

Insisting that the applause is “only the start”, it adds: “We know that this crisis will have long lasting and widespread ramifications with the potential impact on livelihoods as profound as the crisis itself. We know too that the only way we will get through this is if we build on the connections and community spirit we have nurtured in the last few months to build a kinder, compassionate, considerate world that can support each other through the years ahead.

“Businesses have a key role to play and as business leaders we are committing ourselves to doing all that we can to be part of building closer communities to build broader prosperity for all.”

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