· Proportion of office Christmas parties hosted in pubs, bars and restaurants has collapsed by 73% compared to 2019 · The Drinks Trust and Campari UK call on companies that can afford it to donate to Shaken Not Broken hospitality worker relief fund · TV Dragon Sarah Willingham has already pledged support to the campaign …

UKHospitality has warned that the new government measures, which will see businesses in tier three permitted to provide takeaway only and those in tier two restricted to substantial meals, will lead to permanent closures and job losses. UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The government is making a point of saying that these measures are …

Giving evidence to the House of Commons BEIS Committee on 17 November, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls highlighted the need for further support for hospitality following the second national lockdown, along with urgent clarity on the tier system businesses will enter upon reopening. Even with the prospect of the end of national lockdown this December, …

The Drinks Community

UK trade charity The Drinks trust is offering skills, peer-to-peer networking and mentoring through a new platform called The Drinks Community. The new initiative is dedicated to creating connection and opportunity, providing a leading networking, upskilling, careers and vocational space for drinks people. The online platform aims to help members grow and develop in their …

Healthy Hospo wellness app

Not-for-profit company Healthy Hospo has turned its platform into a digital web app, available 24/7, to give hospitality professionals the support they deserve and the resources they need for a happier, healthier life. Times are tough for the hospitality industry. Long shifts, short breaks, late nights, poor nutrition, stressful environments, and the newly added Covid-19 …

Trading restrictions led almost a third of Britain’s licensed premises to shut their doors last month, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners indicates—a sign that the sector may be substantially reduced after the end of England’s four-week lockdown. The report indicates that 69.9% of Britain’s total licensed premises were trading at the …

The Connaught Bar team

The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was revealed last night (5 November) via an online awards ceremony, which saw London’s Connaught Bar claim the coveted title. Adapting to a new virtual event, 2020’s ceremony aimed to bring the global hospitality community even closer together and provide positive news for …

Diageo Learning for Life

Diageo Learning for Life has been relaunched to support the UK hospitality sector and its hard-pressed staff, offering Covid safety training and life skills. The £1m-per-year programme, which has traditionally been focused on offering opportunities to young unemployed people in the UK to get into hospitality careers, has been repurposed as a virtual training programme …

Trade bodies representing the UK’s hospitality, pubs and their supply chain businesses have called on the government to provide a six-month investment plan to secure the future of the sectors. In a letter to the Chancellor, UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Society …

Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals at London Cocktail Week 2020

London Cocktail Week 2020 has been deemed a huge success in helping to support the hospitality industry this October, welcoming just under 10,000 wristband wearers and driving much-needed footfall into 250 of London’s best cocktail bars. Anecdotal feedback from the capital’s leading bar owners has confirmed that the festival has had a positive impact in …