Chestnut and Food4Heroes

East Anglian hospitality group Chestnut has teamed up with Food4Heroes to help provide fresh, nutritious meals for frontline NHS workers. The not-for-profit initiative, which is operated entirely by volunteers, has been launched to initially provide 300 free meals per week to NHS workers at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital CCU, with the aim of …

Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar sector saw collective like-for-like sales drop 57.6% in March as the country moved into lockdown, according to CGA’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker. All parts of the market were hit hard, as the slowdown in sales, which started in February, continued during the first half of the month before the …

Jameson Hosts

Irish whiskey brand Jameson has created an online platform to support, inspire and engage the international bar community through this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Part of Jameson Hosts, Jameson’s trade engagement platform, the new virtual space encourages the bar community to come together to connect, learn and share in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. …

WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is fast-tracking its investment plans for online delivery of all its qualifications in response to Covid-19. WSET currently offers its Levels 1-4 Award in Wines and Levels 1-2 Award in Spirits as online courses. However, in response to the current situation, which forced the vast majority of its …

Music To Make You Happy

Not-for-profit company Healthy Hospo, which works to build a healthier, happier, more sustainable hospitality industry, is offering light relief from Covid-19 by inviting bar professionals to host their own virtual DJ sets. In these testing times, there is mounting pressure from all corners, and especially from within, for everybody to “do things” – to be …

Takeaway the Safe Way

Takeaway delivery platform Foodhub has revealed record figures for online orders over the past couple of weekends and has launched its ‘Takeaway the Safe Way’ scheme to support businesses. During the Covid-19 crisis, many businesses are shutting down and the majority of the country is in isolation, but this hasn’t stopped people from ordering their …

Downing Street

Crucial packages of support announced by the Government are not being delivered quickly enough to help businesses affected by Covid-19, according to leading trade bodies representing the UK’s pub and wider hospitality sectors. The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and UK Hospitality (UKH) have …

Getahead Festival

On Friday 17 April not-for-profit organisation Getahead will be launching its first all-day virtual mental health and wellbeing festival. Accessible to anyone with an internet connection, it will be streaming from 10am to 5pm, encompassing Getahead’s three pillars: health, development and fun. Since its launch in 2018, Getahead has been on a mission to positively …

UK Hospitality and CPL Learning have joined forces to develop a new online training platform for hospitality team members. The platform, entitled UKH Pathway, is free to use while businesses remain closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, and provides access to learning, wellbeing and personal development resources for furloughed employees. E-learning courses tailored by CPL …

Fenjiu

Cheng International, UK distributor of Fenjiu baijiu, is launching an eight-part #AtHomewithFenjiu livestream series on baijiu, aimed at buyers and bartenders. The series, which kicks off on Friday 10 April and runs until early May, is designed to educate people on the popular Chinese spirit. #AtHomewithFenjiu will include an introduction to Fenjiu; a masterclass on …