All MCA Insight articles in June 2020 – Page 4

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    Star invests in pub reopening support package


    Star Pubs & Bars has invested £250,000 in a reopening support package for its pub partners. Available to its 2,500 pubs, the package will include safety point-of sale material, alongside in-depth guidance on reopening and a risk assessment template.

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    More openings for McDonald’s this week


    McDonald’s is launching a walk-in takeaway service across 250 of its restaurants this week.

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    Soho House secures £81m injection from Burkle


    Soho House has secured a $100m (£81m) equity injection to shore up its finances across its global network of venues.

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    ‘Bleak outlook’ for operators facing recovery


    Hospitality businesses are preparing for a lengthy and painful recovery, with levels of trade expected to be significantly supressed for many months to come, a survey of UK Hospitality reveals.

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    Two metre reduction announcement due tomorrow


    Boris Johnson is expected announce a reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule tomorrow, Sky News reports.

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    Hospitality Union founder Jonathan Downey: The Government will follow where we go


    As the industry waits in a state of limbo for some clarity from the Government on reopening, Hospitality Union founder Jonathan Downey has urged operators to take things into their own hands. Speaking as part of The Manchester Hospitality Network’s Hospitality Returns Webinar, a virtual event discussing the future of hospitality in the city, Downey said that the Government were determined to ease restrictions slowly in order to “bring the public with them,” but that there is a clear role to be played by operators in leading the way for reopening.

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    Lease forfeiture and debt enforcement moratorium extended


    The lease forfeiture and debt enforcement moratorium has been extended to 30 Sept. It includes a ban on commercial rent arrears recovery, statutory demands and winding up petitions. A new Code of Practice to facilitate rent negotiations has also been released. The code encourages tenants to pay rent in full where they can but also acknowledges that landlords should provide support to those businesses unable to do so. The code has been developed with input from businesses leaders including UKHospitality.

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    Peter Martin: Cutting the distance with customers


    Last week’s YouGov poll that showed a majority of the British public still in favour of retaining two-metre distancing should not have come as any surprise.

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    Shelley Sandzer: Leaving lockdown behind – FOGO vs FOMO


    With the pressure on to get pubs and restaurants with large enough outdoor areas or pub gardens open sooner rather than later, the nation must be rejoicing? Or is it? What if fear-of-going-out is more prevalent in society than we initially thought? Are hospitality operators able to provide enough flair, fun and innovation to turn that fear-of-going-out into a fear-of-missing-out?

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    Comptoir Libanais, Fuel Juice Bars and D&D London latest in sector reopenings


    Comptoir Libanais, Fuel Juice Bars and D&D London are among the latest operators to reopen sites for delivery and takeaway this week.

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    Hawthorn Leisure CEO Mark Davies: The business will be stronger than ever


    Positives have been in short supply during lockdown, with even the prospect of reopening failing to raise many spirits, as the government dithers and delays over a definitive date.

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    Scottish government confirms 15 July reopening, pushes back outdoor and distancing guidance


    The Scottish government has confirmed its hospitality industry reopening date, but has pushed back the announcement of any change in the outdoor service or distancing guidelines.

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    Operators opt for mobile order and pay solution


    Mobile order and pay app Wi5 has seen an upsurge in new hospitality partners as operators plan for reopening. Multi-site operators including Pho, Pizza Pilgrims, Boxpark, Drake & Morgan, Puttshack, Ole & Steen and Aubaine have all signed up to the service, which will allow consumers to order and pay at table when sites reopen, limiting contact and therefore potentially making sites more ‘covid-secure.’

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    D&D plans to open 17 restaurants on 4 July


    D&D has revealed details of 17 restaurants it will reopen on the 4 July, on the basis the government lifts the existing restrictions as it currently plans to. The restaurants, based in London, Manchester and Leeds, will commence a phased programme of reopening across the full D&D estate, which totals 43. The rest of its UK restaurants, plus its venues in New York and Paris, will reopen through August and September.

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    Blackhouse enters administration


    Living Ventures has placed its Blackhouse and Newgate businesses into administration, affecting four restaurants.

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    Oakman Inns “will be opening on 4 July,” challenges PM to tell it otherwise


    Oakman Inns has said it will reopen all of its pubs on 4 July, and has challenged the Prime Minister to tell it otherwise.In a statement on its website, the 28-strong pub operator has said that despite the lack of clarity given to the hospitality sector by the government, its 1,000 employees are preparing to serve drinks and food again by the proposed reopening date.

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    Bandura joins Gusto Italian


    Former Carluccio’s and Gaucho chief financial officer Frank Bandura has joined Gusto Italian as interim CFO.

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    ​Costa plans big reopening


    Costa Coffee will reopen over 1,100 sites by the end of June, with “heightened safety measures in place for extra reassurance”. Each outlet will feature PPE, hand sanitiser stations and contactless payments. Perspex screens have been installed at counters, with designated pick-up points for delivery and mobile order collections. Two-meter floor signs have been placed inside and outside the stores to reflect current social distancing guidelines.

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    Greene King apologises for slave trade role


    Greene King has apologised for its historic links to the slave trade and pledged to donate money to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

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    Hawthorn Leisure: Most pubs ready to open on 4 July


    Hawthorn Leisure says 75% of its tenants and 99% of its pub partners have indicated they plan to reopen when the Government gives the green light for 4 July.