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Rushed reopening: 'There has been a big push to get pubs opened as soon as possible again. I understand that, I just urge a little bit of caution,' Stuart Bateman says

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'False dawn' pub reopenings would be absolutely catastrophic

By Stuart Stone

Like everyone else in the on-trade, Stuart Bateman of Lincolnshire-based Batemans wants to see pubs open ‘as soon as possible’ – however the Salem Bridge brewer isn’t buying into the idea of a Government witch hunt.

Large operator: Whitbread stated the job losses were less than previously feared

Whitbread cuts 1,500 jobs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The parent company of Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn confirmed 1,500 job losses in its latest trading update – just over 4% of its 36,000 staff.

Incredible support: 'As we sit in tier three and unable to open for the foreseeable, we’re grateful that we’re still in business'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘This certainly wasn’t in the business plan we presented last Christmas’

By Marc Hornby, co-founder, the Virgins & Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Publicans Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby received the keys to their new pub on 9 March – less than a fortnight before the UK’s first national lockdown. Here Marc reflects on taking on a site during a pandemic.

Tricky year: 'I've had to pay a lot of people out of my own pocket to make sure they have money for Christmas'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

'We've served 450,000 customers since July and are unaware of any Covid cases'

By Patrick Frawley, owner, East London Pub Company

Patrick Frawley, who owns and operates five pubs and bars in central London as well as five restaurants and bars in Ireland via the East London Pub Company, believes hospitality has been 'thrown to the wolves' in 2020.

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