As operators were forced to close their sites following Friday’s Government instruction, hospitality solutions companies Harri Hospitality and Access Hospitality have launched new services to help the industry adapt to the restrictions.

Supported by UK Hospitality, Harri Hospitality has announced a free-to-use recruitment portal today to help redeploy those out of work into different sectors such as food retail and supply, health care and delivery.

As well as helping those already made redundant or with terminated contracts, the new Hospitality Unite jobs portal will also allow sector companies with under-employed staff to second them to work in other sectors during the COVID-19 crisis.

The scheme already has commitment from companies including Lidl, Amazon, Just Eat and Waitrose, as well as many others, and currently has 4,000 vacancies at Amazon and 2,500 at Lidl available.

“During the current emergency, any hospitality operator will be able to sign up for free resources and courses,” said Pete Willis, Director at Harri.

“These will be available for all hospitality employees on the topics of mental health and well being, in conjunction with Upskill People & the MIND charity. In the future, the Hospitality Unite site will importantly become a resource to attract people back to the sector.”

As many operators have decided to transition to delivery-only models, Access Hospitality has pledged its support to set up a delivery or click and collect ordering service within the next 48 hours.

The service, which will be free for the first two months of a 12 month contract, will be available as either a standalone system or alongside Access EPoS to offer as much flexibility as possible.

“This is providing a vital community service as well as avoiding business failure following compulsory closures,” said Henry Seddon, Managing Director of Access Hospitality.

“While switching operations to focus on collection or delivery will require a concerted effort, Access Hospitality is taking one element off their minds, by working with its partners QikServe and Preoday to provide an online website with order and pay capability and getting operators set up within 48 hours to help them get their new revenue stream up and running.”