Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave as a result of coronavirus will be extended by four months, to October. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500, but the Government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost from August. …

Grey Goose

Grey Goose vodka has announced the launch of House Pour, a new global video series featuring out-of-work bartenders from around the globe making cocktails that are close to their hearts. House Pour is designed to lend a voice to bartenders who have been impacted by Covid-19 closures, and help shine a light on the individuals …

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation yesterday to unveil Government plans to lift the UK out of Covid-19 lockdown. Phase three outlined that some parts of the hospitality sector could reopen as early as July 1. During his speech, Johnson set out the basic requirements, approach and potential timescale for the return to work …

Ve Day toast

Pubs and bars across the UK are calling on their local communities to raise a glass on Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, as part of a nationwide toast at 3pm. It comes after the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) called on its members, who represent over 20,000 pubs and 90% …

50 Best for Recovery

The organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is replacing its annual ranking, awards and related events with a three-pronged campaign, entitled 50 Best for Recovery, supporting restaurants worldwide. The aim of 50 Best for Recovery is to provide tangible financial relief where possible, as well as create and collate helpful resources for restaurant businesses …

Sky AdSmart SME100

Sky Media, the advertising sales arm of Sky, has unveiled the SME100, a £1 million AdSmart SME support scheme, to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. The £1 million fund will provide 100 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with TV advertising campaigns via AdSmart to support them during these difficult times. SME100 is open to …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is urging faster delivery of Government-backed loans and grants, as new research reveals pubs and brewers aren’t getting the help they have been promised. 75% of pubs and brewery businesses are still desperately waiting a decision on whether they will receive the much-needed Government-backed loan they have applied …

Insurance specialist NDML and the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) are calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to release PoolRe funds to “break the insurer deadlock and save the hospitality and leisure industries”. NDML claims to have identified a unique opportunity that will help the hospitality and leisure industries survive, without crippling insurers with unmanageable business …

CGA survey

Confidence is at rock bottom among the bosses of Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants, with securing a moratorium on debt payments now their main business objective, latest research shows. With cashflow concerns topping their agendas, rent has become the number one specific issue, the latest CGA Business Confidence Survey confirms. Although immediate survival is the …

The Drinks Trust

Following a request for support through the ‘Your Round, Help Your Trade’ campaign, The Drinks Trust has raised just over £1 million to support individuals of the drinks industry, many of whom have been affected by Covid-19. This amount has been made up of over £650,000 in generous donations and fundraising initiatives and a further …