A new hospitality sector-wide action group has been established to hold insurance companies to account for policy pay-outs arising from lockdown and Covid-19-related losses. Hospitality Insurance Group Action (HIGA) is open to businesses that have been forced to close within the sector, including hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs and leisure businesses, if their insurance company …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has said that Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Bounce Back Loans’ programme will only help a minority of pubs, with far more being left with no support at all from the Government. The ‘Bounce Back Loans’ will be for businesses with a turnover of up to £200,000 and for up …

The Pub Collective

Heineken has developed a new website that provides the on-trade with advice, guidance and inspirational stories to support them through lockdown. The website, The Pub Collective, which is available to everyone, includes all the latest Government advice, support and how to access it. It also guides pubs on how to hibernate their business and how …

An extended period of social distancing could cost one million jobs unless measures to protect hospitality businesses are put in place, according to trade body UKHospitality. On the day that Professor Chris Whitty warned that social distancing measures could last beyond 2020, UKHospitality wrote to Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove MP, recommending a six-point plan …

Bartenders create Quarantine Margarita

Several famous bartenders from around the world who are currently working from home have come together to create virtual cocktail, the Quarantine Margarita, to reinforce the self-isolation message in a light-hearted, uplifting way. The bartenders responded to a call by Ansis Ancovs, a global cocktail champion and Rooster Rojo tequila global brand ambassador. The video, …

DeliverMyNight

UK nightlife comparison site DesignMyNight has launched a new platform to showcase and support the best in online events and deliveries taking place across the UK during Covid-19. DesignMyNight is known as the go-to for tickets to unique events, and a reliable source to book tables for the country’s best bars, restaurants and pubs. In …

Industry leaders, political figures and Business Improvement Districts are calling on the UK Government to support businesses within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that have a rateable value of more than £51,000. Croydon BID is leading the #RaiseTheBar campaign, asking the Government to expand the rateable value threshold for all retail, hospitality and leisure …

A new campaign called Keep Britain Working sees business leaders and politicians from across the UK join forces to lead an economic fightback against Covid-19. Keep Britain Working will help redeploy workers from struggling sectors to in-demand ones, help people who have lost their jobs find new ones, share and implement the best ideas to …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is pressing the Government to announce extra support for pubs, to ensure they can survive an extended Covid-19 lockdown. The trade body’s plea comes after cabinet minister Michael Gove warned that the nation’s pubs would be “among the last” to see restrictions placed upon them relaxed. The BBPA …

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 …