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Over 75% of licensed sites traded by the end of May

Published:  21 June, 2021

A total of 76.2% of Britain’s licensed sites were trading by the end of May, with the number more than doubling from April’s 32.9% thanks to the return of inside service, according to the latest Market Recovery Monitor research from CGA and AlixPartners.

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Government extends rent moratorium to March 2022

Published:  17 June, 2021

The government has announced new legislation which will extend the rent moratorium past the former 30 June 2021 deadline, while also introducing a new arbitration system to solve disputes between landlords and commercial tenants affected by the pandemic.

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Investment in hospitality sector slumps 14%

Published:  08 June, 2021

Business investment in the hospitality sector slumped 13.7% last year, trailing UK industry as a whole, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

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Recruitment and retention ‘huge’ concerns for hospitality

Published:  03 June, 2021

Fears of staff shortages after the pandemic and Brexit, plus challenges in keeping post-furlough teams productive have come out as key concerns for hospitality business leaders. 

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UKH: ‘Delay on further relaxation of restrictions will have devastating effect’

Published:  02 June, 2021

Any potential delay on further relaxation of restrictions this month would have a “devastating effect on an already-fragile hospitality sector”, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality (UKH) has said.

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UKH urges English outlets to prepare for new business rates payments

Published:  01 June, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has urged sector businesses in England to fully prepare for new business rates payments that will kick in from 1 July, with new bills expected to land in the coming weeks.

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One in four licensed premises yet to reopen

Published:  01 May, 2021

One in four — just under 25,000 — of Britain's licensed premises have yet to reopen despite the return of inside service, according to the latest snapshot Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. 

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Adam Smith Institute calls out ‘Alice in Wonderland’ thinking on VI-1s

Published:  26 May, 2021

The Adam Smith Institute has added its voice to calls on government to reduce post-Brexit red tape for the wine trade, including scrapping the much derided and wholly unnecessary VI-1 forms.

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Preview: London Wine Fair 2021 heads online

Published:  06 May, 2021

The 40th London Wine Fair (LWF) is set to be a digital event this year, boasting a range of tastings, industry sessions, one-to-one meetings with winemakers and networking opportunities.

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SME Brexit Support Fund opens for applications

Published:  16 March, 2021

The £20m SME Brexit Support Fund, announced last month, is now open for applications. 

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Additional grants for Welsh SMEs

Published:  16 March, 2021

Additional grants that will benefit small and medium-size hospitality businesses in Wales have been announced by the Welsh government’s First Minister Mark Drakeford. 

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UKH urges govt to review roadmap following legal challenge

Published:  15 March, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has urged the government to review the roadmap again following the instigation of legal action by Pizza Express investor Hugh Osmond and night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord.

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Welsh govt extends rent moratorium

Published:  10 March, 2021

The Welsh government has extended the rent moratorium, which was due to end at the end of this month, by three months. 

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Budget: Hospitality relief at raft of support

Published:  10 March, 2021

Industry leaders welcome much of the Chancellor’s aid package but are disappointed it falls short in some vital areas, writes Lisa Riley.

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Budget: Chancellor freezes all alcohol duty

Published:  03 March, 2021

Duty on wines, spirits and beers is to be frozen, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in today’s Budget. 

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New £30m support for Welsh hospitality and leisure

Published:  03 March, 2021

The Welsh government has unveiled a £30m support package for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Virgin Wines announces stock market flotation

Published:  16 February, 2021

Virgin Wines has announced plans for a stock market flotation.

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Trade calls Victoria Prentis out over VI-1 statement

Published:  25 February, 2021

An infuriated wine trade has today delivered an ‘unprecedented’ collective letter to Victoria Prentis MP, calling for the scrapping of VI-1 forms when the easement provision ends on 1 July.

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Hospitality leaders show long-term optimism

Published:  25 February, 2021

Hospitality leaders are optimistic about the long-term future of the sector and its role in the UK’s economic recovery, with many businesses seeking to grow rather than shrink, the latest CGA Business Leaders' Survey has revealed.

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Extension to rent moratorium considered as momentum for UK re-opening builds

Published:  15 February, 2021

Ministers are reportedly drawing up plans to extend the rent moratorium for commercial properties until past the March end date, further curbing landlords’ ability to evict businesses over unpaid rent.

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