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    Over 50% pubs yet to receive government grants


    The British Beer and Pubs Association has urged for faster delivery of Government backed loans and grants as it finds 75% of pubs and brewery businesses are yet to hear back on their application, and over 50% are yet to receive their entitled funds.

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    David Read: A new era of supply


    “Re-opening supply will not be easy” warns David Read, Prestige Purchasing’s Chairman.

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    Restaurants relaunch delivery options


    Bone Daddies, Meatliquor and The Coconut Tree are among the latest restaurant operators to reopen select sites on a takeaway only basis.

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    Rural hospitality faces ‘toxic recipe’ of challenges


    The rural economy faces devastation and rural hospitality collapse without longer term support, an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned.

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    Prezzo appoints advisors


    Prezzo is the latest casual dining name to appoint in advisors to consider its post-coronavirus funding options.

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    Azzurri appoints KPMG


    The Azzurri Group has turned to KPMG as it looks to find a way out of the coronavirus crisis, according to the Sunday Times. It also said the business was still waiting to find out if it was eligible for a business interruption loan. Last year Azzurri, which operates Ask, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, made a pre-tax loss of £16m on sales of £299m.

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    McDonald’s to offer limited delivery from 13 May


    McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy has announced a “slow but safe” gradual return to operations - but its breakfast menu will temporarily be unavailable. On May 13th it will reopen 15 of its 1,350 UK restaurants on a delivery only basis, working with Uber Eats and Just Eat and offering a limited menu. The locations will be announced next week as the business assesses employee availability.

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    Greggs has done the right thing


    It’s extremely quiet out there. So quiet that although I live down South I could hear the groans of disappointment from Newcastle this morning. If Horkos was a Geordie he’d be winging his way over to Roger Whiteside’s house today, but of course these are nothing like normal circumstances, so Greggs could and should be forgiven for reneging on its plans to fire up its ovens again. Particularly because behind its decision will be valid concerns for the safety of its staff and its devoted customers.

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    Confidence in industry plummets to 5%


    Confidence is at rock bottom among the directors of Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants, with a time out on rent now a key business priority.

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    Operators warn over damaging distancing restrictions


    Three quarters of restaurant and bar operators have warned they do not expect their businesses to survive with social distancing measures in place. 

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    Shelley Sandzer: A bright future in the ‘burbs?


    The Covid-19 lockdown has forced a massive change in working practices for everyone. Whether we like it or not, we have had to make working from home produce results. We have all had to make it work. And with many predicting social distancing measures lasting for 12 months, we are looking at a new way of life for millions of workers across the country.

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    Steve Gotham: Lesson One in leveraging delivery – appraise the competition


    With the fast diminishing prospects of restaurants being able to re-open sooner rather than later, there is increasing importance on leveraging delivery as a business revenue stream. MCA’s Menu Tracker insights have recently been augmented with some delivery menu analysis. This has extended to 38 operators across four channels, comprising chain restaurants, fast food – traditional and contemporary, as well as the delivery specialists (the raft of pizza purveyors that include the likes of Domino’s, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut delivery).

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    What it’s like to operate in lockdown part four: Creams


    When the advice came through we realised we were kind of in a unique position, in that we typically operate with a very long counter divided into very secure and distinct sections, hot, cold, waffles, crepes, etc. So, when the original news came through we spoke to every store and every franchisee, and we had 23 that remained open for delivery.

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    Caffe Nero to reopen eight cafes


    Caffè Nero has announced it will be re-opening eight stores next week on a trial basis for takeaway.

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    Greggs backtracks on public trial over crowd fears


    Greggs has reversed a trial to reopen 20 of its bakery shops to the public over fears they could become overcrowded with customers.

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    Wolstencroft: ‘Without certainty on rent and social distancing we can’t move forward’


    The industry urgently needs some clarity from Government on rent and social distancing measures before it can consider moving forward, Martin Wolstencroft has told MCA.

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    Pret to open another 20 shops in London on Friday


    Pret will reopen 20 more shops in London on Friday, following a successful trial where it reopened ten shops in the capital. As before, all the outlets will be open for collection and delivery only. Pret said since reopening ten shops on 16 April it had “found a way to operate shops safely and in line with government guidance”.

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    Rent payments biggest industry challenge with ‘no one route forward’


    Rent payments are the biggest immediate challenge facing the industry, but operators are split in their view of the most viable solution, CGA’s latest Business Confidence Survey has suggested. 

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    Seven Dials launches online initiative and delivery service


    Seven Dials landlord, Shaftesbury, has launched an online initiative to keep consumers connected to the site through the lockdown period.

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    Industry sees 21.3% sales drop in first quarter


    The hospitality industry saw sales decline by 21.3% in the first quarter of 2020, new figures from the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker reveal.