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 …

UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have written to the Chancellor and Health Secretary, urging the government to ensure that any new lockdown measures are targeted, proportional and are accompanied by a credible financial support package. The request comes following the announcement of closures and restrictions …

Hospitality sector vacancies have fallen sharply since the introduction of the UK’s 10pm curfew, new analysis by global job site Indeed reveals. Indeed’s data shows that new job postings in the hospitality and tourism sector have dropped 61% since the end of August and are down 9% since the curfew came into effect on September …

Drink + Dine from LWC Drinks

Independent drinks wholesaler LWC Drinks has launched a full-service hospitality app and web-based solution, to support its customers and the wider industry in navigating the ‘new normal’. Drink + Dine provides operators with the technical capabilities required to offer table ordering and payment, as well as collection and delivery services. Venues will be given their …

Edinburgh Cocktail Week Sip & Support campaign

Edinburgh Cocktail Week (ECW) has launched a campaign to support the city’s hospitality sector and help protect jobs as venues face tighter restrictions. The ‘Sip & Support’ campaign, which runs between 1 October and 30 November, will champion what’s happening in Edinburgh’s bars, with the ECW social media channels and website becoming a beacon of …

Matt Guest, director of on-trade at WAA Chosen and Diageo Bar Academy European head trainer, provides insight and advice to operators, following the latest government regulations. The new restrictions imposing early closing and mandatory table service are the latest blows to an already hard-hit hospitality sector. The 10pm closure could mean the loss of up …