The hospitality industry has now suffered a 98% slowdown as the coronavirus shutdown continues to weigh heavily on the sector, according to research from income streaming provider Wagestream. Wagestream used aggregate data from multiple workforce management systems to compare the number of shifts available to staff to calculate a like for like decline in monthly …

By Milly Richie We find ourselves washed up, bleary eyed and dizzy, in the midst of a global crisis. The latest lockdown laws have resulted in the battering down of hatches to all UK hospitality venues. With what seemed like all prospects cancelled until further notice, businesses have had to get creative. Here are a …

Meister Hunter competition 2020

Mast-Jaegermeister UK is rehauling its annual Meister Hunter competition this year, making it one of the first online cocktail competitions to hit the scene following the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition, which is now live, has been developed in efforts to support bartenders who are currently out of work, offering them the opportunity to do what …

Spirits giant Bacardi has launched #RaiseYourSpirits, a multi-point plan to help bars and bartenders in the UK and Ireland combat the coronavirus crisis. Backed by an initial £1.5 million investment by Bacardi, the initiative focuses on smaller, independent bars who have no corporate back-up but do have a “fighting spirit”, providing these venues, and the …

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 …

'Together We Can' campaign

As the hospitality industry temporarily closes its doors in communities across the UK to tackle Covid-19, The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) and Kopparberg are launching the ‘Together We Can’ campaign, to support those in vital need of funding and advice. By pledging £20 or more to LTC, up to 1,250 Kopparberg fans will receive a …

Business support from Government: Information on UK-wide Government schemes and funding available to businesses, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. NHS advice: Important advice from the official NHS website on Covid-19, with information on the virus itself, how to stop infection spreading, looking after your health and wellbeing and …

PPL PRS is implementing some temporary changes to the way it manages The Music Licence for customers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. A spokesperson for PPL PRS said: “In response to Government advice regarding the closure of all businesses which are deemed as non-essential at this time, PPL PRS Ltd is committing to the support …

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 …