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Westminster focus: Matt Hancock was asked about helping pubs with rateable values above the current grant scheme threshold

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Matt Hancock signals support for increasing grant scheme

By Emily Hawkins

Secretary of State for Health & Social Care Matt Hancock has said he will ask Chancellor Rishi Sunak about the possibility of extending the hospitality grant scheme to businesses with high rateable values.

Takeover wanted: ‘we are hopeful we can find a buyer,’ says administrators of 16 Hospitality

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16 Hospitality enters administration

By Stuart Stone

Administrators are seeking a buyer for Cheshire-based multiple operator 16 Hospitality after it fell into administration amid Covid-19 trading restrictions.

Unknown quantity: Wireless Social CEO Julian Ross has voiced his thoughts on pubs reopening

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Support needed for pubs to survive a soft reopening

By Ed Bedington

Pubs and the wider hospitality industry will continue to need financial support if they are allowed to reopen with social distancing, according to one industry supplier.

Employment terms: furloughed workers will continue to accrue annual leave in accordance with their contract

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Can you take holiday while on furlough?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Full holiday pay must still be paid to workers on furlough, should they take annual leave while on the scheme, the Government has stated.

Government statement: PM Boris Johnson apologised for being “away from my desk for longer than I would have liked”

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PM tight lipped on when lockdown will be eased

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government couldn’t say when lockdown restrictions will begin to be lifted in his first statement back after he contracted coronavirus.

Coronavirus update for pubs - weekend of 25/26 April

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Weekend new bulletin for pubs - 25 and 26 April

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 25 and 26 April.

Voices aired: trade bodies call for further Government support to help hospitality businesses when they reopen

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1m jobs at risk without reopening plan

By Nikkie Thatcher

The hospitality industry could see one million jobs lost due to an extended period of social distancing, unless more measures to protect these businesses are put in place, UKHospitality (UKH) has warned.

Testing circumstances: Deltic boss Peter Marks says customer behaviour will change post-Covid-19

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Deltic: let’s focus on the bigger picture

By Finn Scott-Delany, MCA

Deltic CEO Peter Marks has likened the focus on furlough details, such as tronc, to “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic” and urged operators to see the bigger picture.

Emotional night: operator Kevin Shepherdson has described last orders at his pub, the Old Horse

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Shutdown is ‘a strange new experience for us all’

By Emily Hawkins

Operator Kevin Shepherdson is usually the one asking customers how they are doing, however, in this uncertain time for pubs, roles have reversed and his regulars have been calling up to check in.

Help prolonged: the scheme was originally set to run until the end of May

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Trade body welcomes furlough scheme one-month extension

By Nikkie Thatcher

A month-long extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – to the end of June – has been met with support from industry organisation the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Heart of the village: the Anchor is the linchpin for great food delivered from the pub

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How the Anchor launched a popular food delivery service

By Gary Lloyd

When pubs were shut down in March, licensees Matthew Crisp and partner Lee Hughes had to act fast, so they set up a food delivery service that is proving hugely popular with locals, who have responded by doing all they can to support the business. Here,...

Lockdown: the country remains under strict measures

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Operators lament 3-week lockdown extension

By Nicholas Robinson

Following the extension of the UK lockdown, preventing non-essential businesses such as pubs from reopening and limiting the public’s activities, operators have raised concerns about the immediate future of their businesses.

Challenging: Unitas boss Darren Goldney pleas for supplier credit to be paid

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Opinion: wholesalers make plea for bills to be paid

By Darren Goldney

Wholesalers across the UK are asking for operators to pay outstanding credit to “help us help you when your doors open again”, as outlined by managing director of Unitas Wholesale Darren Goldney.

Fair play: brewing bodies demand parity with pubs on grants and an allowance to make off-sales

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54% of independent brewers unable to access Government support

By Stuart Stone

Both the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have called on the Government to offer brewers the same level of support as pubs after a majority of beer makers revealed they’ve been unable to access state support.

Lockdown: a further three weeks of strict measures has been announced

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Lockdown extended by 3 weeks

By Nicholas Robinson

The Government has announced a three-week extension of lockdown in a bid to help slow and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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.

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