Extra help: the Government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme last month (20 March)


Furlough scheme cut-off date extended

By Nikkie Thatcher

The eligibility cut-off date for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended by almost three weeks to 19 March to ensure more staff will receive furlough payments.

Pay out: FCA warns insurers must support customers


Insurers ‘must pay out’ FCA warns

By Nicholas Robinson

Insurance providers have been warned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to pay out on business claims promptly or explain why not to the body.

Brakes pulled: the PGB has called a temporary halt to ongoing and upcoming pub rental negotiations until 30 June


Pub rent review negotiations suspended until 30 June

By Stuart Stone

The Pub Governing Body (PGB) has called a temporary halt to ongoing and upcoming pub rental negotiations while venues remain closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.

Cost-cutting measures: M&B believes its strategy will be ‘sufficient to fund obligations well into the second half of the year’


M&B furloughs more than 45,000 staff members

By Stuart Stone

The operator behind high street stalwarts O’Neill’s and All Bar One has furloughed 99% of its workforce in a bid to weather the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Trade experience: Dave Wall previously worked at Claridge’s, the iconic Bibendum and latterly at Le Talbooth in Dedham


Chef reveals ‘lockdown survival’ guide

By Dave Wall, head chef of the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

Dave Wall, head chef of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk, has laid out seven top tips on how to keep busy amid the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Coronavirus update for pubs easter weekend


Easter weekend news round-up

By Ed Bedington

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

Critical issue: four organisations have urged the Government to make changes to its financial support for pubs


Swift delivery of financial support critical, pub bodies urge Government

By Emily Hawkins

Organisations representing pubs have written to the Chancellor asking for immediate changes to the financial support offered to businesses, including making grants available to pubs with high rateable values and pushing councils to deliver such grants...

Good deeds: chef Sally Abé is giving back to society


Michelin-starred gastropub chef cooks for NHS

By Nicholas Robinson

Cooking meals for the NHS and Age UK at a charitable organisation during the coronavirus lockdown has helped Sally Abé – head chef of the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms – maintain the daily structure that most hospitality workers need. But she has also...

Coronavirus update for pubs 9 April


Daily bulletin - Thursday 9 April

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington rounds up the latest news for pubs during coronavirus lockdown including an update on bespoke support packages from Star Pubs & Bars.

Hygiene help: following Julia Wilson’s advice will mean you are in the best possible position to restart your business


How to keep your pub hygienic during Covid-19 shutdown

By Julia Wilson

Julia Wilson, technical director of food hygiene consultant Food Alert, outlines key steps to keep your pub compliant with health and safety regulations during the ongoing pandemic.

Grants plea: trade adviser Phil Dixon believes all pubs should be treated on an individual basis


Pubs with rateable value above £51k are being penalised

By Phil Dixon, trade adviser

When you have advised and represented publicans for four decades, you think you have experienced difficult times: recessions, floods, foot and mouth, Chernobyl fallout, draymen’s strikes... but a worldwide pandemic that closes all UK pubs is, sadly, just...

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