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


‘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.

LoveHouse launch: Bed & Bars CEO Keith Knowles says the company has a responsibility to protect and support its people


Beds & Bars to house stranded staff at UK hostels

By Stuart Stone

Operator of hostels, bars and pubs across 10 cities in seven countries – Beds & Bars – has launched LoveHouse, a scheme guaranteeing staff a roof over their head during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pubco is adapting: Chestnut founder Philip Turner wants to plough revenue from its takeaway offer into charitable causes


Chestnut to donate takeaway revenue to the NHS

By Stuart Stone

The founder of East Anglia-based operator Chestnut, Philip Turner, has vowed to donate takeaway revenue from its 11-strong pub estate to the NHS during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Peachy outlook: directors will take no salary until Peach Pubs sites reopen and all staff will keep their jobs, says MD Hamish Stoddart


Peach rules out staff cuts as directors forgo salary

By Stuart Stone

Peach Pub Company has assured staff there will be no job cuts across its 19 sites during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – with company directors surrendering their salaries until pubs reopen.

Company goals: looking after its people is a key priority for North


‘People and cash flow will get us through’

By Nikkie Thatcher

A focus on the team and cash flow is how North Bar/North Brewing Co is weathering the storm of Covid-19, co-founder Christian Townsley told The Morning Advertiser.

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