The government’s plan to impose a hard 10pm close time for all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality businesses in England has been labelled a “crushing blow” for the trade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make an official announcement today (22 September), where he is expected to detail the new restrictions, which include …

Inception Group - Cahoots cocktail for NHS

London-based hospitality company Inception Group has announced a £25,000 bar tab for NHS workers spread across its sites as part of its reopening plans. From 4 July, Inception Group will begin to reopen its collection of bars, restaurants and pubs across London in phases, which include concept-led cocktail bar brands Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots. NHS …

Almost one million hospitality staff members are expected to be back in work and over six in ten outlets open again before the end of July, according to a new survey by UKHospitality. The survey shows that over 960,000 staff are expected to return to work from furlough over the course of July, with another …

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 …

During Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) bartenders, artists and chefs are coming together to raise awareness through the ‘Wrestling Demons’ campaign. Helping to feed the conversation on mental health, London bars that deliver cocktails will be collaborating with artists and icons across the hospitality industry to help express their personal hopes, dreams and fears …

UKGrandOutdoorCafe campaign

Operators are being called upon to support #UKGrandOutdoorCafé, a campaign to safely restart the UK hospitality industry by transforming public spaces and streets into al fresco dining spaces whilst adhering to physical distancing. Led by Alan Lorrimer, founder of live music venues The Piano Works, the campaign proposes that seating on pavements, squares and open …

Healthy Hospo Lockdown Lowdown

Healthy Hospo has collaborated with spirits group Brown-Forman to launch the Lockdown Lowdown, a series of health and wellness webinars aimed at helping bar professionals around the world deal with the current situation and come out of it healthy and happy. The Lockdown Lowdown has been designed in response to the effect the Covid-19 pandemic …

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. …

Cointreau Gratitude campaign

Cointreau has announced the launch of #CointreauGratitude, a fundraising initiative to help support the UK drinks industry, as well as donating an initial £30,000 to The Drinks Trust to kickstart the campaign. The initiative, running until the end of June, has been launched to support the local drinks community within the UK, who have been …

Grey Goose

Grey Goose vodka has announced the launch of House Pour, a new global video series featuring out-of-work bartenders from around the globe making cocktails that are close to their hearts. House Pour is designed to lend a voice to bartenders who have been impacted by Covid-19 closures, and help shine a light on the individuals …