Rachel Dobson, Lynx Purchasing

Hospitality operators working flat out to deal with the challenges of the tightening of Covid restrictions will also have to cope with a series of challenges set to disrupt supply in the coming months, warns buying specialist Lynx Purchasing. Planning for uncertainty could well be the definition of the ‘new normal’ for hospitality, says Lynx, …

Hospitality Gin

A new not-for-profit gin brand called Hospitality Gin has been launched to support the UK hospitality industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic. When Covid-19 began to affect the hospitality industry in the UK, Sheffield-based industry veteran Tom Lord set out to create a spirit to help. To produce the London dry-style gin, Tom teamed up with …

Hospitality trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) report mass redundancies and permanent closure of venues across the UK, without the appropriate package of support from government. The findings, which come from a sector-wide survey of members of all three trade associations, conducted by research …

The Drinks Trust End of Furlough Grant scheme

Trade charity The Drinks Trust has introduced an End of Furlough Grant scheme to help industry professionals whose jobs are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s furlough scheme comes to an end on 31 October and will be replaced by the Job Support Scheme. The Drinks Trust says that, unfortunately, this will not be …

The Prime Minister has detailed a new three-level alert system in England, where local areas will be put into medium, high and very high alerts, to combat the spread of Covid-19. At a press conference held today (12 October), PM Boris Johnson said that the UK is entering a “new and crucial phase” in the …

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 …

Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar sector saw collective like-for-like sales drop 57.6% in March as the country moved into lockdown, according to CGA’s Coffer Peach Business Tracker. All parts of the market were hit hard, as the slowdown in sales, which started in February, continued during the first half of the month before the …

Jameson Hosts

Irish whiskey brand Jameson has created an online platform to support, inspire and engage the international bar community through this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Part of Jameson Hosts, Jameson’s trade engagement platform, the new virtual space encourages the bar community to come together to connect, learn and share in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. …

WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is fast-tracking its investment plans for online delivery of all its qualifications in response to Covid-19. WSET currently offers its Levels 1-4 Award in Wines and Levels 1-2 Award in Spirits as online courses. However, in response to the current situation, which forced the vast majority of its …

Music To Make You Happy

Not-for-profit company Healthy Hospo, which works to build a healthier, happier, more sustainable hospitality industry, is offering light relief from Covid-19 by inviting bar professionals to host their own virtual DJ sets. In these testing times, there is mounting pressure from all corners, and especially from within, for everybody to “do things” – to be …