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    Editorial - The PM has offered a glimpse of positivity


    If you watched a collection of MPs question the PM on his handling of the coronavirus crisis yesterday, you may have heard a snippet relating to hospitality that will have cheered you up. “We are really trying to go as fast as we can,” said Boris Johnson. “It’s very difficult to bring [back] hospitality with social distancing but I’m much more optimistic than I was, and we may be able to do things faster than I thought.”

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    AlixPartners: Thoughts turn to a new world order


    “With social-distancing measures still in place, reopening the hospitality sector without a plan would be catastrophic,” was the recent stark warning from Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality. It is a sentiment echoed by many operators across the sector over the past few weeks, and a reminder of the few days before the lockdown when like-for-like sales declined by 50% or more.

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    Luke Johnson: “Paid idleness is good for no one”


    The government’s furlough scheme is “encouraging idleness,” and should have been cut off sooner, Luke Johnson told attendees at MCA’s The Conversation.

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    Two-metre distancing needs ‘flexible interpretation’


    If the Government refuses to re-evaluate its two-metre physical distancing guideline, it will be up to the industry to interpret the rule “as flexibly as we can,” Jeremy Roberts, Living Ventures co-founder has said.

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    Trade bodies call for extended flexible furlough


    Hospitality trade bodies have called on the Government to extend the Jobs Retention Scheme to October and increase its flexibility for the sector.

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    Johnson “more optimistic” about reopening of hospitality


    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he is “more optimistic” than he once was about getting hospitality up and running again.

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    Greggs to reopen 800 stores next month


    Greggs is set to reopen 800 stores across the UK next month.

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    McDonald’s to reopen all drive-thru restaurants next week


    McDonald’s has announced it will open all its drive-thru stores next week.

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    Sunak to announce furlough cut-off this week


    The chancellor is set to announce a series of changes to the government’s coronavirus support schemes later this week, with a focus on phasing out the Jobs Retention Scheme.

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    Gail’s to open new Windsor site


    Bakery chain Gail’s is set to open a new site in Windsor this week, pushing on with expansion plans despite the coronavirus lockdown.

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    Deliveroo releases restaurant recovery guidance


    Deliveroo has brought together legal, property and restaurant industry specialists in a new initiative to support restaurants in the recovery period.

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    Nando’s reopens a further 40 sites


    Nando’s has announced it will reopen a further 40 sites for delivery and collection this week, taking its total open estate to 94.

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    City Pub Group plans for outside-only reopening


    The City Pub Group has outlined a series of measures to ensure its beer gardens are ready to reopen as soon as possible.

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    What happens to a premises licence following insolvency?


    It is an exceptionally difficult time for the licensed trade. Government measures during the outbreak of the coronavirus have hit businesses hard and its plans for the industry as we emerge from that lockdown will be as equally challenging. Many remain closed and through no fault of their own will not survive.

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    Revolution secures funding for the future


    Revolution has extended its debt facilities, which it says will provide it with “sufficient liquidity for the foreseeable future”. Revolution, which operates 74 bars under the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands, said NatWest had increased its Revolving Credit Facility from £21.0m to £30.0m until 31 August 2020, at which point it will step down to £24.0m. NatWest has also waived all financial covenant tests at March 2020 and June 2020.

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    Marston’s and Carlsberg UK form joint venture partnership


    Marston’s and Carlsberg UK have formed a new joint venture partnership, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC).

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    Sector sees another week of reopenings


    MCA rounds up the latest reopenings in the hospitality sector. 

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    Inn Collection hires new CFO


    The Inn Collection Group has appointed Paul Edwards as its Chief Financial Officer.

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    Wetherspoon announces comprehensive safety measures


    JD Wetherspoon has announced a raft of safety measures to safeguard employees and customers when it reopens its pubs, which is currently forecast for the 4th of July. Costing an intitial £11m, the 875-strong pub chain said it will employ two full time cleaners for every pub who will constantly clean surfaces and touch points like door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails, throughout the day.

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    Editor’s Opinion: The industry needs support, not another bill


    At last count, the JRS was supporting ten million people, or around 17% of the UK. It’s a mammoth amount that highlights the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the necessity of the JRS, and, unfortunately, its unsustainability. To put it in perspective, former PM Gordon Brown popped up on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, in lieu of anyone from the actual government who are all fed up of getting their face chewed off by a rabid Piers Morgan.