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 …

RedLeg Banana Rum

The RedLeg Rum Company has released a Banana Rum, the second flavour extension for the brand, along with refreshed branding across the entire range. Building on the success of RedLeg Spiced Rum and RedLeg Pineapple Rum, the new addition to the portfolio offers a “smooth, accessible spirit”. It infuses the original RedLeg Rum, which is …

Salcombe Gin Voyager Series 'Restless'

Salcombe Gin and two Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating have unveiled ‘Restless’, the fifth expression in the Voyager Series, which uses kombucha as a liquid botanical. The 46% ABV limited edition gin is inspired by Niall’s passion for Asian cuisine and has been distilled with his very own blood orange kombucha, made at his culinary residence, …

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 …

Mermaid Salt Vodka

The Isle of Wight Distillery has refreshed the image of Mermaid Salt Vodka to coincide with its UK launch. The grain-based spirit is being made available nationally for the first time, following the relaunch of Mermaid Gin and the introduction of its pink expression. The vodka is now packaged in a white version of the …

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 …

Powers Gold Label Distiller’s Cut

Pernod Ricard UK is set to reintroduce Powers Irish Whiskey’s celebrated Gold Label expression to the UK, featuring a new brand identity and higher ABV of 43.2%. First established in 1791 in Dublin’s famed John’s Lane Distillery, Powers is now made at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork. Not only has every drop of the …

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 …

Night-time industry

A consortium of leading night-time operators, including the Night Time Industries Association, is calling on the government to save the UK’s late night sector from collapse. The late night sector, which comprises nightclubs, late night bars, music venues and events spaces, has been “largely forgotten” by the UK government since venues were forced to close …