All news articles for April 2020

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Top 50 Cocktail Bars launches online speakeasy

By Nicholas Robinson

Top 50 Cocktail Bars has launched an online, invite-only, speakeasy bar with partner Kuckoo and is set to open the virtual doors for the first time this Thursday evening (23 April).

Help prolonged: the scheme was originally set to run until the end of May


Trade body welcomes furlough scheme one-month extension

By Nikkie Thatcher

A month-long extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – to the end of June – has been met with support from industry organisation the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Heart of the village: the Anchor is the linchpin for great food delivered from the pub

My Pub

How the Anchor launched a popular food delivery service

By Gary Lloyd

When pubs were shut down in March, licensees Matthew Crisp and partner Lee Hughes had to act fast, so they set up a food delivery service that is proving hugely popular with locals, who have responded by doing all they can to support the business. Here,...

Stressful situation: licensees of pubs with higher rateable values are worried about the lack of grant availability


‘It’s about a level playing field’

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have said being omitted from the Government’s grant system has left them with daunting questions about how they will be able to reopen their pubs.

Lockdown: the country remains under strict measures


Operators lament 3-week lockdown extension

By Nicholas Robinson

Following the extension of the UK lockdown, preventing non-essential businesses such as pubs from reopening and limiting the public’s activities, operators have raised concerns about the immediate future of their businesses.

New support: the Government has revealed information about a loan scheme designed for larger businesses


Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses

By Nikkie Thatcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has revealed details of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan scheme to help businesses with a turnover of more than £250m.

Challenging: Unitas boss Darren Goldney pleas for supplier credit to be paid


Opinion: wholesalers make plea for bills to be paid

By Darren Goldney

Wholesalers across the UK are asking for operators to pay outstanding credit to “help us help you when your doors open again”, as outlined by managing director of Unitas Wholesale Darren Goldney.

Fair play: brewing bodies demand parity with pubs on grants and an allowance to make off-sales


54% of independent brewers unable to access Government support

By Stuart Stone

Both the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have called on the Government to offer brewers the same level of support as pubs after a majority of beer makers revealed they’ve been unable to access state support.

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