All MCA Insight articles in August 2020 – Page 2

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    JDW scheme ‘cheaper than McDonald’s’


    JD Wetherspoon launches a ‘Stay Out To Help Out’ scheme today (Tuesday September 1).

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    Eat Out to Help Out ends as extension looks unlikely


    The Eat Out to Help Out scheme officially came to an end yesterday, with an extension said to be unlikely.

  • McDonald’s

    McDonald’s brands Easterbrook ‘morally bankrupt’


    McDonald’s has accused former CEO Steve Easterbrook of being “morally bankrupt” in his motion to dismiss its legal action.

  • Seaburn Inn

    Inn Collection Group expands in Lake District


    The Inn Collection Group has expanded its portfolio with the purchase of a fifth site in the Lake District.

  • Hugh Osmond

    Hugh Osmond: ‘Even big chains can’t afford rent backlog’


    If something isn’t done to deal with the rental backlog, hospitality will see a huge number of business closures, Hugh Osmond has warned.

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    Operators call for campaign to save London


    Over 90 London-based hospitality business leaders have warned that unless there is a coordinated campaign to encourage tourists and office workers back to the capital, the sector is at risk of collapse.

  • Waitress

    Hospitality Leaders Poll: Majority not planning to extend EOHO


    The majority of operators have no plans to extend the EOHO scheme past August, according to the latest Hospitality Leaders Poll carried out by Lumina Intelligence for MCA, Big Hospitality and the MA. Despite several operators planning to do so, of the 234 questioned by the poll, just 26% said ...

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    UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls: Test and trace a ‘critical line of defence’


    Test and trace is seen as a critical line of defence by government, and operators must continue to demonstrate their willingness to comply, UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls has said.

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    Eat Out to Help Out a billion pound bonanza


    Eat Out to Help Out has worked better than expected. With four days left of the scheme, 64 million meals have been ‘sold’ with 84,000 restaurants taking part, many of whom are yet to claim their money back meaning the final number of discounted meals will be far higher. Particularly as the scheme has become more popular as the weeks have gone on. Week one hit 10 million meals, in week two the total tripled to over 30 million. So it’s on a trajectory to hit, or even exceed, 100 million meals. If all of those claim back the maximum £10, Rishi could be looking at settling up a billion-pound bill, a bit like when you order lots of sides in Wagamama.

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    Karen Jones: Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace?


    So it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, pay day for many and the last EOTHO on Bank Holiday Monday. Many of our restaurants and pubs across the UK will be very busy and it seems an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the vital importance of all our places fully supporting NHS Test and Trace. Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace? Because hospitality offers safe spaces for people to enjoy being with friends and family. Because we are often at the centre of our communities and high streets. We have a real responsibility to keep our customers, our teams and our communities safe and well. NHS Test and Trace is a powerful way to do just that: collecting and providing the information to help break the chain of transmission and control the virus.

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    Costa launches ‘post-coronavirus’ store


    Costa has launched its debut ‘post-coronavirus’ store on London’s Argyll Street.

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    Michael Caines opens second Cornwall restaurant


    Michael Caines has opened a fourth restaurant in Rick Stein’s former Porthleven site, which he acquired last month.

  • Roger Whiteside, chief executive, Greggs

    Greggs Leeds distribution centre closes after coronavirus outbreak


    Greggs has confirmed a coronavirus outbreak at its Yorkshire distribution depot.

  • Pret Summer Menu

    Pret forced to axe 2,800 jobs


    Pret has been forced to make 2,800 staff redundant as a result of the coronavirus. It said though sales and footfall have begun to recover, the impact of the coronavirus had set sales back ten years, when the business was “considerably smaller” than it is now (it had around 200 sites compared to 367 today). Weekly sales are averaging around £5m – the level they were at in August 2010. It also said trade across the UK estate was down 60% down year on year. As a result, the business said it has had to permanently close 30 shops and let 2,800 employees gothanks to a combination of “shorter opening hours, lower transaction levels, and the losses faced by the business in 2020”.

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    Chilango sold out of administration


    Chilango has been sold out of administration, securing 10 of its 11 restaurants.The burrito brand announced today that administrators RSM had secured a sale of the group to investment firm RD Capital Partners in a deal that will save 130 jobs.Last month, Chilango filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators as a result of pressures caused by the coronavirus lockdown, having already gone through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at the end of 2019.

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    Greene King pledges to create 1000 opportunities for young people and drive diversity in new Princes Trust partnership


    Greene King has pledged to create 1000 opportunities for young people in a new five-year agreement with the Princes Trust.

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    Deliveroo launches “eat in to help out” scheme


    Deliveroo is to offer its customers a discount in September to encourage them to “eat in to help out”.

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    Footfall sees biggest jump since July


    UK footfall has continued to build momentum, seeing the biggest jump in four weeks on Saturday, according to the latest data from Wireless Social.

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    Operators self-fund Eat Out extension


    Several operators are extending the Eat Out to Help Out discount into September, funding the cost themselves.

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    Sector leaders optimistic about winter growth


    Hospitality and leisure operators remain optimistic about the prospects of long-term growth, despite accepting the bleak outlook for Summer 2020, according to Barclays Corporate Banking Survey.