Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has outlined plans that will support workers on reduced hours, as well as an extension to the VAT cut for hospitality. Speaking at the House of Commons today (24 September), Sunak revealed a number of new financial measures that will protect hundreds of thousands of jobs over the winter. …

All hospitality venues in England have been ordered to close by 10pm from Thursday to help curb the spread of Covid-19 – part of a series of new restrictions outlined by the government. In a television broadcast on Tuesday night (22 September), Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the new measures, which he said, could last …

The government’s plan to impose a hard 10pm close time for all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in England has been labelled a “crushing blow” for the trade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make an official announcement today (22 September), where he is expected to detail the new restrictions, which include …

Global Bar Week

This October, four pockets of the globe – Berlin, Brooklyn, São Paulo and London – come together for the first time to unite Bar Convent and Imbibe Live trade fairs across one virtual platform, Global Bar Week. The free-of-charge week-long programme of events, taking place between 12 and 18 October, will unite professionals from around …

Hospitality Action

Trade charity Hospitality Action is conducting an industry-wide survey into current attitudes towards mental health and stress in the troubled sector. The anonymous survey, which can be found here, is hosted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. It builds up on an initial study first commissioned in 2018, which found a staggering …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the prime minister’s announcement on the changes to social gathering rules that will affect hospitality venues. In his speech on 9 September, PM Boris Johnson confirmed that the maximum number of people who can gather together will reduce from thirty to six, although this will …

Beer Piper BP4 line cleaning system

Automated beer line cleaning company Beer Piper has launched its BP4 system, a new piece of line cleaning technology that links to a mobile app which can control, track and report in real-time. Described as a first of its kind in the UK, the system uses cloud-based technology to log when and who cleans the …

iZettle Food & Drink

Online payment system PayPal has developed iZettle Food & Drink, a simplified point of sale solution designed to provide hospitality businesses with the tools and insights needed to run and grow their business with confidence. The solution aims to support businesses such as cafes, pubs and restaurants who are trading post lockdown, offering an intuitive …

Wi-Fi solutions provider Wireless Social has released the latest data from its footfall tracker, indicating a significant uplift in footfall across UK towns and cities over the August bank holiday. During the bank holiday, people flocked to cafes, pubs and restaurants to make the most of the conclusion of the Eat Out to Help Out …

Arc Inspirations Eat Out to Help Out

Premium bar operator Arc Inspirations is extending the Eat Out to Help Out initiative across its estate throughout September, following its “resounding success” over the past few weeks. Launching on 1 September, the offer will be available on Monday and Tuesday in all its bars and gives customers a flat rate of 50% discount on …