Simply Business has urged for long-lasting Government help for small businesses, with one in six believing they would never recover from the pandemic, with “crippling” inflation rates worsening the “eye-watering” costs of Covid.
UKHospitality Cymru (UKH) has urged the public to back local businesses and visit Wales’ hospitality sites throughout the holiday season, in light of the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 yesterday (Monday 16 May).
Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 7 May were 3% up on the same week in 2019 in the third best result so far this year, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.
Consumer card spending grew 18.1% in April compared with the same period in 2019, however, inflation and rising living costs impacted the hospitality sector with smaller uplifts than March, data from Barclaycard has shown.
Glasgow has been labelled the most vibrant of the top 10 UK cities as the hospitality trade continues to improve with London the slowest to recover, according to a new report from insights data and Wi-Fi specialists CGA and Wireless Social.
Hospitality needs help bouncing back from its “perilous financial position” in Wednesday’s Spring Statement (23 March), to stave off closures and save thousands of jobs, said night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord.
Trade bodies have lamented the two-year anniversary of the closure of the pub sector and called on the Government to help the sector if it is to stand a better chance of recovering from economic adversity.
The Office of National Statistics’ latest labour market overview, which showed industries continuing to recover from the pandemic, was “positive news” for hospitality, yet the sector was still fragile, according to UKHospitality (UKH).
The UK’s night-time economy faces a “new period of darkness” amid the cost of living crisis, according to the Great Manchester night-time economy adviser Sacha Lord, ahead of the Chancellor’s spring statement next Wednesday (23 March).
More than two thirds of consumers felt a higher level of confidence when visiting pubs, bars, and restaurants, during December 2021 than at the start of 2021, according to the CGA Consumer Pulse Survey.
There were 10,650 more food and drink businesses across the hospitality sector in 2021 than in March 2019 and 3,650 more when compared with March 2020, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) official UK Business Count.
While Britain’s hospitality sector grew modestly in the last quarter of 2021, tough trading conditions now threaten to halt the sector’s upturn, the Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners has revealed.
Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups suffered a double-digit sales drop from pre-Covid levels in December, yet pubs and bars were hit particularly hard over the festive period, the latest CGA Business Tracker revealed.
Hospitality Ulster has called for strict measures to be lifted and nightclubs reopened in Northern Ireland, after data revealed the week commencing 3 January 2022 to be hospitality’s worst week of trading in two months.
Trade over the Christmas period was “pretty dire” at the Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex, with the Government’s support packages doing little to provide sustained support to hospitality, said operator Matthew Devlin.
British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has called for support to safeguard the future of UK pubs after releasing the results of its Christmas Trading survey which showed trade dropping dramatically for many pubs.
Despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) having declared the latest Coronavirus variant, Omicron, as mild, this offered a 'crumb of comfort' to the sector as Christmas bookings were still down 12.4% based on expectations from 2019.
For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, all sectors within hospitality saw staff headcount increase in October, compared to last year, but staffing levels were still down 18% in comparison to the same period two years ago.
The late-night sector, which is “still in recovery mode” from lockdown, is treated with “contempt” and a “lack of support” from Government and local councils, said the co-owner of the Soho-based Phoenix Arts Club.