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Hospitality biggest casualty as record UK recession confirmed

Published:  12 August, 2020

Britain’s economy shrank by 20.4% in the three months to June 2020, marking the deepest contraction currently of any major economy, with the Accommodation & Food sectors among the hardest hit, slumping by 86.7%.

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Eat out to help out totals 10.5m claims in its first week

Published:  12 August, 2020

UK diners have been quick to adopt the Treasury’s plan to boost the hospitality industry by taking advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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Berkmann winds up successful Help 4 Hospitality scheme

Published:  11 August, 2020

Berkmann Wine Cellars has called time on its Help 4 Hospitality lockdown initiative, which has raised some £75,000 to help businesses in the hospitality sector weather the crisis.

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UK hospitality takes a £30bn tumble

Published:  28 July, 2020

The closure of the hospitality industry between April to June left a £30bn hole in the British economy, it has emerged.

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Hospitality needs customers if it's to stop going hungry

Published:  28 July, 2020

The hospitality sector is beginning to reopen, but it needs many more customers if its future is to be secured. By Andrew Catchpole

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On-trade trading at near 70% of pre-Covid norms

Published:  24 July, 2020

Managed pub, bar and restaurant groups in England have reported improving sales in the second week after shut-down was lifted, boosted by the reopening of more sites, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data.

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Government releases details of temporary alcohol off-sales extension

Published:  22 July, 2020

The government has released details of its temporary alcohol off-sales permissions. 

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Restaurant Rescue project launched by Cape winemakers

Published:  17 July, 2020

A new initiative urging wine estates to adopt a restaurant has been launched in Cape Town in response to the blow of the renewed government ban on drinking.

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On-trade reports 40% drop in weekly sales

Published:  17 July, 2020

Sales across on-trade sites open in England in the first week after lockdown was lifted were down 39.8% compared to the same week last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data released today.  

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“Kickstart scheme” for young people to lift up hospitality sector

Published:  08 July, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed plans to subsidise work placements for young people in a move that is believed to be aimed at stimulating the hospitality and tourism industries while tackling unemployment post-Covid.

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Six-month VAT cut to 5% for hospitality and tourism

Published:  08 July, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a major cut to VAT for the hospitality and tourism sectors as they emerge from lockdown, as well as a first of its kind government-backed discount to help encourage customers to get back to the nation's bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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Hospitality reopening weekend spend down 45% on previous year

Published:  08 July, 2020

Despite a big bounce in transactions as many pubs, bars and restaurants reopened their doors on the weekend, overall spend was down across the hospitality, leisure and entertainment sector by 45% compared with the same weekend in 2019.

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Covid-19 estimated to cost food and drink SMEs £21k each

Published:  07 July, 2020

New research has estimated that small hospitality businesses operating in food and drink will on average lose £21,586 in lost work, earnings and loan repayments as a result of Covid-19.

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One million hospitality staff due back to work in July

Published:  30 June, 2020

Almost 1 million hospitality staff are expected to be back in work before the end of July, according to a new survey by UK Hospitality (UKH).

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Berkmann research suggests 71% of diners plan to spend the same or more

Published:  29 June, 2020

New research by Berkmann Wine Cellars suggests that 71% of those who used to visit restaurants more than once a week will spend the same or more post lockdown.

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FMV in consultation with staff over future of business

Published:  24 June, 2020

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) is understood to be in consultation with its staff over the future of the company.

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Diageo launches $100m on-trade recovery fund

Published:  24 June, 2020

Diageo has unveiled a new global programme to support pubs and bars to welcome customers back and recover following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Government publishes re-opening guide

Published:  24 June, 2020

The government has this morning published the re-opening guide for the hospitality industry.

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Quarterly rent day dampens relief over 2 metre relaxation

Published:  23 June, 2020

The quarterly rent due 24 June, just a day after PM Boris Johnson relaxed the 2 metre rule while confirming 4 July reopening for hospitality, comes as a sobering reminder that the on-trade’s woes are far from over.

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PM confirms on-trade reopening as 4 July and reduces ‘distancing’ to 1 metre

Published:  23 June, 2020

PM Boris Johnson has confirmed the reopening date for the hospitality sector as 4 July, while also reducing the current social distancing rule from 2 metres to 1 metre. 

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