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UK Hospitality welcomes progress on business rates reform

Published:  22 July, 2020

The government has launched a fundamental review of business rates, beginning with a call for evidence. 

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London Cocktail Week readies for 2020

Published:  22 July, 2020

London Cocktail Week, the world’s biggest city-wide cocktail festival, will go ahead this year, its organisers have announced.

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Emphasis on reservations fuels wave of ‘no shows’

Published:  20 July, 2020

The Covid-led fresh emphasis on reservations is hitting the beleaguered on-trade with a wave a ‘no shows’ recorded since the reopening of the industry.   

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Armit becomes first merchant to support The Court of Master Sommeliers

Published:  20 July, 2020

Armit Wines has been named as the first wine merchant to support The Court of Master Sommeliers.

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On-trade reports 40% drop in weekly sales

Published:  17 July, 2020

Sales across on-trade sites open in England in the first week after lockdown was lifted were down 39.8% compared to the same week last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data released today.  

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Ireland pushes back reopening of bars

Published:  16 July, 2020

Ireland has pushed back the planned reopening of bars and nightclubs by three weeks. 

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Pandemic weighs down on Gen Z

Published:  15 July, 2020

The generation of youngest drinkers are the most difficult age group to entice back through the bar, restaurant or shop door, Wine Intelligence has suggested, with the fallout from Covid-19 likely to have the most detrimental impact on their buying behaviours. 

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Hospitality Action launches fundraising campaign

Published:  13 July, 2020

Hospitality Action (HA) has launched an innovative fundraising campaign in support of the beleaguered industry. 

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Alcohol sales outperform soft drinks on first weekend back

Published:  13 July, 2020

Sales of alcohol in managed pubs and bars outstripped non-alcoholic drinks on the 4 July weekend, it has been revealed, with beer becoming the celebratory lockdown-breaker of choice among punters.

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Takings down 45% for 4 July weekend as managed outlets feel the squeeze

Published:  10 July, 2020

New figures have put a sobering picture on ‘Super Saturday’ and Sunday, with takings for group-operated pub, bar and restaurant outlets down 44.5% compared to the closest 4 July weekend last year.

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“Kickstart scheme” for young people to lift up hospitality sector

Published:  08 July, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed plans to subsidise work placements for young people in a move that is believed to be aimed at stimulating the hospitality and tourism industries while tackling unemployment post-Covid.

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Six-month VAT cut to 5% for hospitality and tourism

Published:  08 July, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a major cut to VAT for the hospitality and tourism sectors as they emerge from lockdown, as well as a first of its kind government-backed discount to help encourage customers to get back to the nation's bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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On-trade re-emerges with professional calm and strong bookings

Published:  06 July, 2020

Early indications from those on-trade operators that chose to reopen over the weekend suggest good numbers of customers and both guests and staff taking safety guidelines in their stride.

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UK-wide bars and restaurants gear up to unveil new look on-trade this weekend

Published:  03 July, 2020

Bars, restaurants and pubs are expected to re-open in droves this weekend, with a complete overhaul of safety procedures set to establish a new normal for the British on-trade.

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On-trade ‘test and trace’ guidance published

Published:  03 July, 2020

As pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés re-boot from 4 July, the new NHS Test and Trace guidance will mean that venues should maintain records of staff, customers and visitors, and share these with the health service if requested.

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Casual Dining Group to close 91 restaurants

Published:  03 July, 2020

Casual Dining Group (CDG), the company that owns Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and Belgo, has announced 91 of its 250 sites will remain closed permanently, resulting in the loss of 1,900 jobs to the on-trade sector.

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Targeted reopening key to successfully rebuilding custom

Published:  02 July, 2020

On-trade operators are advised to target the customers most keen to remerge post-lockdown to ensure a more successful reopening.

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Major brands “reallocating” funds away from on-trade into e-commerce and DTC

Published:  02 July, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is facilitating a long-term shift among many of the world’s leading drinks brands’ strategies, it has been suggested, as owners begin to adopt a more “nuanced” approach to channel distribution.

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One million hospitality staff due back to work in July

Published:  30 June, 2020

Almost 1 million hospitality staff are expected to be back in work before the end of July, according to a new survey by UK Hospitality (UKH).

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Restaurateurs call on govt for London specific support

Published:  29 June, 2020

A group of high-profile London chefs and restaurateurs, including St John owners Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, has signed an open letter to the government calling for London-specific “support and action now”.   

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