Drinks Trust: 31% of grant recipients already redundant

Nearly a third of recipients of The Drinks Trust Covid-19 Emergency Grant had already been made redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has revealed. The Drinks Trust Covid-19 Emergency Grant was established in April this year to help those within the drinks trade in financial hardship due to the pandemic. The charity raised more than £400,000 (US$498,000) and to date has been able to help 1,750 beneficiaries with a £250 (US$312)…

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Ryan Reynolds brings #TipYourBartenders to UK

Actor and Aviation Gin owner Ryan Reynolds has extended the brand’s #TipYourBartenders initiative to the UK, which will see 30% of online sales donated to The Drinks Trust charity. Until 31 May, 30% of all bottles of Aviation Gin sold online through new UK distributor Proof Drinks, and retailer The Whisky Exchange, will go to The Drinks Trust. Reynolds said: “The UK is not only home to the world’s most discerning gin drinkers, but also…

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Drinks Trust raises £400,000 for industry workers

The Drinks Trust charity has launched the Covid-19 Emergency Fund after raising more than £400,000 (US$498,000) to help people in the industry who have been left in financial hardship during the pandemic. The emergency fund will be used to help people who work on zero-hours contracts or who have been made redundant, despite the UK government’s job retention scheme. The Drinks Trust said priority would be given to those facing “significant” financial hardship. To be…

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Whisky.Auction seeks bottles for covid-19 charity sale

Online auctioneer Whisky.Auction is seeking donations from drinks companies and industry professionals for its April sale, which will see all proceeds go to The Drinks Trust charity. The April auction will go live on Sunday 5 April and will run until 14 April. It is a collaboration between Whisky.Auction, The Whisky Exchange, Speciality Drinks and Speciality Brands. All money made from the auction, including buyers’ commission, will be donated to The Drinks Trust charity in…

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Hospitality sector unites in face of pandemic

The drinks industry has acutely felt the impact of covid-19 on its workforce. But while these are undeniably testing and troublesome times for thousands of industry members, acts of kindness and camaraderie have spilled out across our brilliant sector. The speed at which the coronavirus pandemic has evolved has hit everyone hard. Countries have been forced into lockdowns, job losses have sky rocketed and in the most tragic cases, death tolls are rising. There is…

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