By M&C Report team2010-04-29T09:37:00+01:00
Hospitality and retail businesses will benefit from a freeze to the business rates multiplier, though the move announced in chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review falls short of wider relief of the controversial levy.
The proposed tightened tiered system is a “straitjacket” on hospitality businesses and will destroy the sector if they go ahead, industry trade bodies have warned.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak suggested the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be lifted after lockdown, but warned that areas should prepare for tougher local restrictions.
Slim Chickens, the Boparan Restaurant Group-owned fast causal concept, has entered into its second franchise agreement. The new deal between Boparan and franchisee KK Restaurants SW will see the brand open five restaurants across the south west of England, with the first due to open in Exeter next month. The Exeter restaurant will be Slim Chickens’ tenth UK site, and second franchise-operated location following its Manchester Trafford Centre opening last month with partner JRK Restaurants.
Five Guys will push on with its expansion plans despite the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, with at least three new openings set before the end of the year.
Indian restaurant concept Dishoom has expanded its at-home range with the addition of a vegan sausage naan roll kit. The business launched its first at-home offer – the bacon naan roll kit – during the March lockdown, but following calls from plant-based consumers has created a second kit for its online store. The vegan sausage naan roll kit will include ingredients for two rolls with masala chai, alongside cooking instructions, for £16 including delivery.
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