All news articles for May 2020

Hands forced: pub operators in Tynemouth doubt a takeaway service will be enough to save them without more Government support

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Operators struggling after grant information error

By Emily Hawkins

A bar operator has said she is struggling to save her business after being told one of her venues is ineligible for a grant after an inaccuracy on the rates register.

Cancellation calls: Unite the union says ‘there needs to be a structured Government-led plan for the industry’

Unite joins calls to cancel pub rent

By Stuart Stone

Unite the union has joined calls for the cancellation of rent on closed pubs as it seeks to prevent mass closures and jobs losses as a consequence of the Covid-19 emergency.

Call for pause on rent payments: the National Time Out campaign is backed by UKHospitality

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Government pushed harder to ‘intervene on rent’

By Nicholas Robinson

Calls for Government to intervene in and broker rent solutions between hospitality businesses and landlords have been stepped up as UKHospitality (UKH) has pressed for a National Time Out.

Safety fears: Chinese cities have opened up bars and restaurants again but many have said they feel hesitant to visit

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Consumer confidence in China highlights challenge for UK pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Insight tracker CGA has revealed the attitudes of Chinese consumers towards eating and drinking out of home, meaning UK pubs can look to their international peers for an idea of how the public will feel about visiting in the months after reopening.

Coronavirus update for pubs weekend of 16-17 May

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Weekend news bulletin for pubs - 16 and 17 May

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington reviews the biggest news stories from the pub sector after another week in lockdown ahead of the weekend of 16 and 17 May.

Further aid: UKH boss Kate Nicholls called for the Government to extend support into next year

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Government needs to evolve support to 2021

By Nikkie Thatcher

Support packages for the hospitality industry must continue and evolve to the end of 2020 and into the beginning of next year, one trade leader has urged.

Critical support: the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme has been an ‘absolute lifesaver’ according to Livelyhood Pub Group's Tom Talbot

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‘The state aid we’ve received has helped us survive’

By Stuart Stone

Tom Talbot of Livelyhood Pub Company and City Pub Group’s Clive Watson dialled in to MA500’s online conference to discuss what Covid-19 financial support they had received and how it had helped their businesses survive shutdown.

Long wait ahead: most operators believe it will take two years to reach ‘normal’ profit levels

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‘Two years to get back to pre-coronavirus profits’

By Nicholas Robinson

Most operators, asked in a snapshot poll of hospitality leaders, have said it will take up to two years to reach pre-coronavirus lockdown profit levels, while 88% of those asked have not agreed favourable rent terms with landlords over the coming months.

No excuse: employers must not attempt to play the furlough system, a trade body executive has warned

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Warning to pub employers on furlough fraud

By Emily Hawkins

The chief executive of one of the UK’s largest trade bodies representing the pub sector has reiterated the Government’s warning that employers should not abuse the furlough system.

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