Pub company Hall & Woodhouse has cancelled all rent and service charges, and suspended loan repayments for eight weeks across its 180-strong estate.

In response to the Prime Ministers initial advice to avoid pubs and restaurants on 16 March, the company decided to suspend repayments for four weeks, but following Friday’s (20 March) lockdown announcement, has extended the repayment period.

“We are committed to providing our business partners with the financial support and advice needed to help them through this period of uncertainty and felt it was only right to take immediate action,” said Chris Chapman, head of business partnerships.

“We are grateful to the Government for making available employee retention support, as well as providing business interruption loans or grants to our Business Partners, but we feel it is only right that we enhance our help given.”

“We know that the situation is evolving at speed and we are monitoring the situation closely and will adjust our support according to any advancements. We will come through this together, and when we do, we want our Business Partners to have the finances in place to allow them to recover as quickly as possible.”