Almost 200 hotels have made over 20,000 beds available around the UK for NHS staff and other vital workers, following a call from hospitality trade body UK Hospitality. Beds in hotels across the country have been provided by venues of differing size, from national chains to single sites, to help house key workers being deployed …

A new not-for-profit national scheme has been set up to enable pubs to trade as food shops, providing local communities with access to essential food items. Powered by e-commerce specialist StarStock, mypubshop.com will give pubs nationwide the ability to take and process orders online, providing them with a valuable income stream whilst offering their local …

Caterer.com, UK Hospitality and Hospitality Action have joined forces to create a new hub that will help hospitality workers find short-term roles in other sectors. An estimated 500,000 hospitality workers are expected to be made redundant or temporarily out of work due to Covid-19. While hospitality has been one of the worst affected industries, the …

Camden Town Brewery

Camden Town Brewery is making social distancing a “little more social” with its first virtual venture, Camden Bre.www.ery Bar, which supports Hospitality Action’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The brewer’s ‘Brewery Bar’ has been given a digital makeover, designed to help “keep the community spirit alive” for Britain’s pub lovers. Consumers are invited to join Instagram Live …

Ramsbury Virtual Tip Jar

Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits has created a Virtual Tip Jar, whereby consumers can buy drinks vouchers for their favourite bar, restaurant or pub, with Ramsbury matching every pound spent as a tip for that venue. The initiative, called Ramsbury & Friends, pledges to support the on-trade in both the short term and long term. The …

WSET Spirits Classroom

Pernod Ricard UK has partnered with The Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) to offer the WSET Level 1 Spirits courses online for free. 2,000 hospitality professionals over the age of 18 have already signed up to the programme, which will be run online by the WSET and lasts approximately four weeks. The package also …

Speciality Drinks and Edrington Beam-Suntory wellness packs

Speciality Drinks has partnered with Edrington-Beam Suntory UK to supply wellbeing packs to those working in the UK drinks and hospitality sectors. The initiative has been developed to help ease the pressures caused by the latest Government measures to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. The wellbeing packs, containing food and store-cupboard essentials, are available now via …

Diageo Reserve Drinks at Home

Diageo Reserve World Class GB is launching a series of brand ambassador social media takeovers, designed to educate, inspire and entertain the on-trade and consumers whilst spending time at home. Launching on Wednesday 25 March, 12 brand ambassadors for Diageo’s premium spirits brands will take over the World Class GB and Diageo Bar Academy social …

On Friday (20 March) the Government told UK hospitality venues to close to the public. We’ve provided a short round-up of what some businesses are doing to stay connected, from home deliveries and take-out services through to gift cards and virtual events. Please email zoe@tgmpublishing.co.uk to share your positive news and initatives with us. At …

The prime minister has told pubs, bars and restaurants to close “as soon as they can” tonight (20 March) and not reopen, while the chancellor has announced a new grant that will cover 80% of employees’ wages. Boris Johnson said: “Following agreement between all four nations of the UK, we are collectively telling cafes, pubs, …