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    Chancellor unveils 100% state-backed loan scheme for small businesses

    2020-04-28T06:36:00Z

    Small firms will be able to borrow up to £50,000 in 100% state-backed loans, chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.

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    Shepherd Neame reopens online store

    2020-04-27T15:27:00Z

    Shepherd Neame has reopened its online store, with beers, ciders and wines available for consumers to order by the case.

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    St Austell launches ‘hero pint’ campaign

    2020-04-27T11:54:00Z

    St Austell Brewery has launched a ‘Hero Pint,’ campaign, encouraging consumers to gift a pint to NHS staff, key workers “and hundreds of heroes in-between.”

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    ​Everards: Too early to charge tenants rent

    2020-04-27T09:56:00Z

    Everards has cancelled rent for tenants for April and May in recognition that government support for the pub sector is only just starting to come through.

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    Shake Shack to reopen two restaurants

    2020-04-27T08:29:00Z

    Shake Shack will re-open its Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf locations for takeaway and delivery this week.

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    Peter Martin: How to make friends, and influence the right people

    2020-04-27T07:45:00Z

    The prime minister is safely back in Downing Street, and there are more signs of life in the out-of-home market as the likes of Burger King, Pret a Manger and KFC take tentative steps to reopen sites. But for much of the hospitality and leisure sector the outlook remains uncertain and confusing. Last week’s pronouncement by chief medical officer Chris Whitty that “disruptive” social distancing is likely to be a feature of day-to-day life even until the end of the year, did nothing to calm the nerves of an already under pressure industry.

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    Prezzo offers staff ‘income streaming’

    2020-04-27T07:29:00Z

    Prezzo has teamed up with Wagestream so its 3,000 employees can access their furlough pay early. Wagestream offers workers early access to their accrued pay when they need it, allowing them to withdraw a percentage of their earned wages for a flat £1.75 fee. Prezzo said offering staff the income streaming service would help them cope with additional pressures bought on by the coronavirus.

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    Yumpingo makes its ‘Everywhere’ review platform free

    2020-04-27T07:21:00Z

    Yumpingo is giving away its ‘Everywhere’ one-minute review platform for free to restaurants offering delivery and takeaway. It said it was the first of a new range of products it’s launching to help the industry “come back better”. “With such uncertainty as to when and how to get back to market, getting real time feedback from your customers to adapt and optimise your service model and menu has never been more important,” said Yumpingo founder and CEO Gary Goodman.

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    Government support not enough, says UK Hospitality

    2020-04-27T07:10:00Z

    UK Hospitality has highlighted issues with the government support for operators during the coronavirus crisis, after surveying businesses on their experience of applying for loans, insurance claims, the speed of grant payments and workforce issues. It said around half (48%) of businesses had applied for loans, but 57% had their applications denied. Government-imposed State Aid rules made up 26% of those rejections, while 28% were denied with banks insisting businesses had to exhaust their own capital first.

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    Greggs to re-open 20 sites on 4 May

    2020-04-27T07:07:00Z

    Greggs is planning to re-open 20 sites in Newcastle on 4 May, and hopes to have 700 sites open by 1 July. In a letter to staff, CEO Roger Whiteside said the business would carry out a “controlled trial” in 20 shops in the Newcastle area staffed by “retail volunteers” from the business. The trial re-opening will see stores offering a limited range and shorter opening hours. Greggs plans to open for two weeks before assessing how it went, but it plans for the shops to remain open.

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    Watson: Pubs must act responsibly to re-emerge ‘with as little pain as possible’

    2020-04-24T15:01:00Z

    The pub industry will have act responsibly and ensure the safety of its staff and customers if it wants to prevent a sporadic reopening period, Clive Watson, City Pub Group executive chairman has told MCA.

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    Admiral to ask tenants for rent contribution

    2020-04-24T10:44:00Z

    Admiral Taverns will ask some pub operators to contribute towards rent for May and June, as it seeks to balance “short-term and long-term needs”.

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    Tronc not part of JRS: ‘This is disastrous’

    2020-04-24T09:54:00Z

    Employers cannot include tronc when claiming under jobs retention scheme, in what will be a major blow to furloughed hospitality staff, the government has clarified.

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    Consumers will avoid touch-screens post-lockdown

    2020-04-24T07:36:00Z

    The use of touch-screen kiosks in QSR and casual dining restaurants are likely to fall after lockdown ends, new research by mobile order and pay provider Wi5 has found.

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    What does the future look like?

    2020-04-24T07:27:00Z

    Once the lockdown is lifted, and consumers re-emerge to eat and drink, they will find a different environment to the one they left behind. No-one knows when that will be, the government is understandably non-committal, but it’s likely to be many months not weeks, and it may not be until there is a vaccine available that all restrictions vanish.

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    Meal delivery up 10% with British cuisine most popular

    2020-04-24T07:27:00Z

    Meal delivery frequency has grown 10% week on week, with consumers now ordering it on average 2.3 times a week.

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    Just Eat Takeaway.com raises €700m

    2020-04-24T07:25:00Z

    Just Eat Takeaway.com has raised €700m through an accelerated bookbuild offering of new shares and convertible bonds.

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    Wahaca appoints PwC to explore finance options

    2020-04-24T07:23:00Z

    Wahaca has appointed advisors at PwC to review its finances, Sky News reports.

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    Eight in ten staff furloughed

    2020-04-24T07:19:00Z

    Eight in 10 workers in the UK hospitality industry have now been furloughed, according to a survey from the Office for National Statistics.

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    State-backed loans for small businesses

    2020-04-24T07:16:00Z

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering offering 100% state-backed guarantees on loans to smallest businesses of up to £25,000, the Financial Times reports.