Kate Nicholls

Furlough costs: UKHospitality's chief executive  Kate Nicholls has said while Government job support has helped some businesses, operators are still struggling to meet costs with Covid restrictions in place

Furlough 'still a cost to businesses'

By Emily Hawkins

UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls has defended pub bosses who have had to lay off staff since the start of the pandemic despite job support schemes.

Employment stats: data from the Office of National Statistics showed hospitality had more than 350,000 fewer workers than the previous year (image: Getty/RyanKing999)

Unemployment figures ‘show fragility of sector’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The latest jobs data highlights how fragile the hospitality sector is alongside the importance it has to the country’s economic recovery off the back of the pandemic, according to one trade body.

Part played: a report from UKHospitality urged that the sector be central to reopening plans after the third lockdown

Why is hospitality safe to reopen?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Rigorous cleaning regimes, adequate ventilation and the use of Test & Trace are just three examples of why the hospitality sector is safe to reopen, a report from trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has claimed.

Trade data: the statistics found 9,930 sites permanently closed last year with 3,955 opening for the first time

2020 cost trade 6,000 licensed venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The UK lost in the region of 6,000 licensed premises in 2020 - almost three times the number closed in 2019, new figures have revealed.

Government orders: all pubs apart from those on the Isles of Scilly will have to close their doors again

All pubs except in Isles of Scilly to shut

By Nikkie Thatcher

Every pub in the nation will be closed as of New Year’s Eve, with the exception of those in the Isles of Scilly, the Government has announced.

Aid needed: there have been calls for the rate relief paid back by the supermarkets should be given to hospitality

£2bn supermarket rate payback ‘should go to pubs’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The nearly £2bn worth of rate relief supermarkets are paying back should be handed to the hospitality and tourism sector, in a bid to help the trade survive the coronavirus pandemic, a trade body has said.

Trade impact: excluding hospitality businesses from the 'Christmas bubble' plan demonstrates 'muddled thinking and will cause the sector yet more harm,' UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls said

Christmas bubble plan ‘makes mockery’ of trade

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s proposed plans to ease restrictions and allow people to form a “Christmas bubble” makes a mockery of the additional measures on pubs, one trade body has stated.