- 76% of operators want to reopen later with no restrictions, according to survey - Three quarters (76%) of business leaders would prefer to reopen their venues later in the year without any restrictions in place, a trade survey has found.
- Business rates relief extended in Scotland - Business rates relief will be extended for Scottish pubs for an initial three months as Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to enable a further extension for all pubs.
- Third self-employed grant scheme now open - Self-employed licensees can now claim the third income support grant as the service opens from today (Monday 30 November).
- 'No correlation' between Eat Out to Help Out and infection numbers, says Treasury - The Treasury has defended its Eat Out to Help Out scheme to critics who blamed the discount meals initiative for driving up infection rates.
- £200m a day hospitality losses - Britain's pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels lost nearly £200m a day in sales in 2020, according to new figures.
- Chancellor confirms additional support will be announced at Budget - Further economic support will be unveiled at the next Budget in March, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has said.
- 'VAT cut was more helpful than lockdown grants' - The trade has implored the Government to extend a sector-wide VAT reduction following suggestions there are no plans afoot to continue the policy beyond March.
- Chancellor implored to act to save pub jobs - Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been pressed to extend vital support for hospitality, after figures reveal the sector as the hardest hit by job losses once more.