Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which gives consumers a discount of up to 50% when eating or drinking soft drinks at UK hospitality venues, comes into effect today (Monday 3 August). The scheme will be valid on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, throughout the month of August, in an attempt to boost the struggling …

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced significant financial support for the hospitality sector, including VAT cuts and a scheme giving customers up to £10 off each on sit-down meals throughout the month of August. This comes as part of a £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment in the UK as the economy is hit by coronavirus. …

In an announcement today (23 June), prime minster Boris Johnson confirmed that hospitality venues can reopen from 4 July, however the industry still awaits detailed Government guidance. The opportunity for many hospitality businesses to return from 4 July was greeted with relief and praise. For weeks, the sector has been pressing Government for clarity. The …

Trade bodies UKHospitality and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) are demanding that the Government provides a clear date for when hospitality businesses can reopen and start trading. They say that a definitive date will give the sector the confidence and certainty it needs to get ready for reopening. This includes releasing staff from …

Save Summer Six

A group of ministers, dubbed the ‘Save Summer Six’, are working to reopen UK pubs ahead of schedule in a bid to save 3.5 million jobs in the hospitality sector. The group, which is said to include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, is believed to be investigating ways to help venues reopen by 22 June, using beer …

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out more details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will continue to support jobs and business as people return to work, following the announcement of an extension of the scheme on 12 May. From 1 July, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part …

UKHospitality Fair4Hospitality

Government at Westminster, Holyrood and Cardiff must invest in a fair and timely return for hospitality this summer, for the benefit of local communities, peoples’ jobs, national wellbeing and the British economy, says UKHospitality. This is the central message of a new campaign launched by the trade body to highlight that businesses are ready to …

Five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up by Government to develop plans for how and when closed sectors in the UK can reopen safely. Businesses and shops in indoor environments or with closer contact between people, like pubs, hotels and non-essential retail, will likely have a higher risk of transmission, as is the case …

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave as a result of coronavirus will be extended by four months, to October. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500, but the Government will ask companies to “start sharing” the cost from August. …

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation yesterday to unveil Government plans to lift the UK out of Covid-19 lockdown. Phase three outlined that some parts of the hospitality sector could reopen as early as July 1. During his speech, Johnson set out the basic requirements, approach and potential timescale for the return to work …