Surreal scenario: online meetings can be difficult and time consuming


Top tips: thoughts on Covid-19

By Poppleston Allen

It is difficult to even think of ‘tips’ let alone ‘top’ ones in a world that is now completely tip-less.

Grant scheme: self-employed publicans can receive up to 80% of their average monthly trading profits in a single instalment covering a three-month period


How to get ready to claim self-employed income support

By Nikkie Thatcher

Self-employed publicans can claim the income support grant from the Government this week (online service available from Wednesday 13 May) and we take a look at exactly how to receive the funds.

Televised address: the Prime Minister has revealed plans for a phased reopening of businesses


PM’s announcement ‘leaves sector in limbo’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Boris Johnson’s announcement about a phased reopening of businesses yesterday (Sunday 10 May) means the pub sector remains in limbo, one trade association has said.

End of weekend announcement: Boris Johnson is set to make a statement to the nation on Sunday 10 May


PM to review lockdown restrictions

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to review the restrictions on lockdown with cabinet members before issuing a statement this weekend (Sunday 10 May).

Raise the bar: MPs have put their support behind a campaign to help out more pubs with grants


​Tory MPs back Raise the Bar campaign

By Finn Scott-Delany

A group of 86 Conservative MPs have written to the Chancellor calling for hospitality businesses with a rateable value above £51,000 to be included in a grant scheme.

State aid: the Government is looking to wind down the furlough scheme


Sunak: no cliff-edge to furlough scheme

By Nikkie Thatcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has issued reassurances that there wouldn’t be a “cliff-edge” to the furlough scheme as he starts planning to wind the initiative down.

Waiting game: some pubs still haven’t received the loans and grants to help them weather the coronavirus crisis


Three quarters of pubs waiting on loan decisions

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 75% of pubs and breweries are still waiting for banks to decide on if they will receive the Government-backed loan they have applied for, new research has found.

Late-night levy: councils cannot refund or reduce payments but can defer the annual licence payment


Councils consider future late-night levy rebates

By Emily Hawkins

Councils across the country are considering issuing rebates or discounts on late-night levy payments next year but are still unable to refund or reduce current payments.

James Cuthbertson the Lockhart Tavern Haywards Heath


‘We’re not all in the same boat’

By Ed Bedington

It’s been more than five weeks since the Prime Minister told UK pubs to close. The Morning Advertiser went back to visit James Cuthbertson, operator of the Lockhart Tavern in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, to see how it was adapting to the ongoing situation.

Support given: the self-employed help will be provided within days of application


Self-employed help ‘will be paid within six days’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Self-employed publicans are being invited to get their claims ready for coronavirus support as HMRC will begin to contact those eligible for the help from today (Monday 4 May).

New officeholder: Fiona Dickie has taken the reins from Paul Newby as the pubs code adjudicator


New PCA demands pubco accountability during Covid-19

By Fiona Dickie

On her first day in office, new pubs code adjudicator Fiona Dickie explains, in her own words, that an intelligent approach to regulation can see a strong tenanted sector emerge from coronavirus lockdown.

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