The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the government to repeat its Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which is set to end after August, to further support the hospitality industry.
The benefit of the scheme to the recovery of the sector has been immeasurable in terms of securing jobs and building consumer confidence, according to the BBPA, and it has boosted many of its member’s Monday to Wednesday trade.
The trade association has said that repeating the scheme, particularly as we approach typically quieter months for the trade post-summer, would significantly help the sector.
The BBPA is also pushing for further government support for ‘wet led’ venues that predominantly only serve drinks and bar snacks.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The government should definitely repeat the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. It has provided a much-needed boost to sales in the early week for some of our sector as it tries to recover.
“That boost to the pub and wider hospitality sector – amongst the largest employers in the UK – is much needed and will help secure jobs and build consumer confidence. Repeating the scheme, particularly as we approach quieter months for trade, would be a significant help.
“However, it still remains the case that ‘wet led’ pubs – those who predominantly just serve drinks and bar snacks – don’t benefit from the scheme and so still need further support from the government elsewhere.
“With the upcoming Autumn Budget and Alcohol Duty Review, as well as the Business Rates Review, this should be in the form of significant cuts to beer duty and business rates.”