A survey has highlighted the plight of island businesses dealing with the fall-out of the pandemic.
The research by the Chamber of Commerce has found the private sector needs more government support to recover.
Recruiting and retaining staff is one of the difficulties being faced, as is planning for and navigating the uncertain road ahead.
The survey collected responses from dozens of local companies involved in finance, tourism and farming.
Throughout the pandemic government has offered a number of financial support schemes to businesses impacted by Covid-19.
Chamber CEO Rebecca George said: "The survey results give a valuable insight into the opinions of the business community as we count down the days to the General Election.
"The data it provides builds on the work we have done already around our Business Manifesto which aims to ensure that business and economic concerns are considered by every voter and prospective MHK".