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We can do this: 'tell us how we can help, where you’re having problems and what can be done to resolve them,' MA managing editor Nicholas Robinson says

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'There’s no option other than fight'

By Nicholas Robinson

‘Frustrated’ doesn’t seem to cut the mustard right now, nor does difficult, trying, testing, tough or troubling.

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

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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.

Longer period: Hall & Woodhouse head of business partnerships Chris Chapman said its tenants would be given financial support

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Hall & Woodhouse extends rent cancellation

By Nikkie Thatcher

Dorset brewer and pub operator Hall & Woodhouse will extend its cancellation period of all rent and service charges as well as suspending loan repayments until Saturday 27 June for its tenants.

Support: most pubs would need furlough to be extended

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68% of pubs need furlough beyond June to survive

By Nicholas Robinson

More than two thirds of pub bosses asked in a snapshot poll of hospitality industry leaders have said furlough will need to be in place for longer to ensure the sector’s survival.

Strong support: the Horse & Jockey in Melling has been delivering hot meals and prescriptions to the vulnerable

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Pub volunteer taskforce ‘not going anywhere’

By Emily Hawkins

An operator who was the architect behind his village’s volunteer scheme to help the vulnerable has said he hopes the pub’s presence will secure its future.

Stark findings: almost four in 10 pubs could not cope with losing more than 10% of sales after reopening

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10% sales drop is all most reopened pubs can handle

By Nicholas Robinson

The majority of pubs will be able to handle a maximum of just a 10% drop in sales to remain profitable and continue trading long-term, data from an exclusive snapshot poll of industry leaders has revealed.

Support fund: pub company Greene King has partnered with the sector’s leading support charity to help its staff

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Greene King launches support fund for staff

By Emily Hawkins

Pub operator and brewer Greene King (GK) has launched a support fund in partnership with the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) to help its staff members.

On hold: business rates revaluations will no longer take place next year

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2021 business rates revaluation postponed

By Nikkie Thatcher

A revaluation of business rates will not happen in 2021, in a bid to reduce the uncertainty for companies impacted by coronavirus, the Government has announced.

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

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​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.

Stay social: top tips on how to stay engaged with your customers during lockdown

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Opinion: how to engage with customers while your pub is shut

By Katy Horwood, Fuller's

With your pub doors firmly closed, it may feel like the only thing to do now is sit and wait for further instructions. However, with people currently using social media more than ever, this could be the perfect time to seize the opportunity and digitally...

Food, beer and wine: the Red Lion opens up as a corner shop

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Fuller’s pub reopens as corner shop

By Nicholas Robinson

Fuller’s pub the Red Lion in Ealing has reopened as temporary shop for its surrounding community, selling Italian foods as well as draught beer and wines to takeaway.

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

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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

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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.

French exit: the 18th century French House is hoping to raise £80,000 to keep its doors open (pic: Gideon Wright, Flickr)

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Top 50 Gastropub seeks £80,000 to survive pandemic

By Stuart Stone

A Soho pub that housed France’s government-in-exile after the German occupation during World War II is seeking £80,000 to keep its doors open amid the Covid-19 emergency.

Neil McDonnell, Hickory’s Smokehouse criticises insurance companies amid coronavirus

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‘Insurance companies have been a disgrace’

By Ed Bedington

Insurance has been the biggest headache for operator Neil McDonnell of Hickory’s Smokehouse in Chester. He told The Morning Advertiser how he was dealing with the issue when we visited him.

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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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.

Tuned in: United We Stream has raised more than £250,000. Pictured Andy Burnham (left) and Sacha Lord

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Apply for United We Stream’s £260,000 Covid-19 relief fund

By Stuart Stone

Pubs, bars and music venues in Greater Manchester can now apply for additional Covid-19 funding after the region’s live gig platform, United We Stream, raised more than a quarter of a million pounds in its first month.

Coronavirus update for pubs weekend of 2-3 May

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Weekend news bulletin for pubs - 2 and 3 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 2 and 3 May.

Throw down the gauntlet: top chefs to showcase skills on #TheChefsPass challenge

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#TheChefsPass challenge launched by Top 50 Gastropubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Leading chefs from the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list have accepted the challenge to showcase a series of kitchen skills as part of the #TheChefsPass campaign aimed at helping consumers hone their skills during lockdown.

Top title: the Cott Inn, run by Mark Annear, was crowned Great British Pub of the Year at the 2019 awards

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Keeping the Cott on the landscape

By Ed Bedington

An award-winning operator has seen his year of success derailed because of the coronavirus crisis lockdown but is determined to keep his pub at the heart of its community.

Survey findings: the BII has found operators are worried about loans and desperate for more support

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‘Extend support for pubs beyond June’

By Emily Hawkins

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlining its members’ concerns that many operators have been slow to receive Government support.

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