Bars given further protection from eviction

The UK government has extended measures to prevent landlords from evicting bar owners if they are unable to pay their rent due to the Covid-19 pandemic, offering tenants protection until 30 September 2020. In March, the government ordered all on-trade businesses in the UK to close due to the spread of coronavirus, but said no businesses would be forced to vacate their premises if they missed rent payments by 30 June. The hospitality industry has…

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Hospitality venues anticipate permanent closure

Almost a third (32%) of business leaders in Great Britain’s pub, bar and restaurant industry are anticipating the need to permanently close sites, according to CGA’s most recent Business Confidence survey. The UK hospitality industry was ordered to close on the evening of 20 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Phil Tate, CGA group CEO, said: “Industry estimates the scale of closures vary widely, from below 10% to as high as 30% of total sites.…

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Furlough extension welcome but rent must be new priority

Leading industry figures have welcomed UK chancellor Rishi Sunak’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but warned two million jobs remain at risk without a solution to rent payments. The UK government’s furlough scheme was due to end in July, but has now been extended to October. The founder of Milk & Honey in Soho, London, and Hospitality Union, Jonathan Downey, took to Twitter to reiterate the message of his #NationalTimeOut initiative. In a…

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Hospitality Union calls for nine-month rent break

Jonathan Downey, founder of Hospitality Union, has written to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak asking for a non-government-funded nine-month rent holiday to save more than two million jobs. Proposed and written by Downey, the National Time Out initiative has been endorsed by other CEOs and senior figures in the UK hospitality sector, including CEOs from Hawksmoor and The Alchemist. It has also been backed by landlords, including the Canary Wharf Group. The idea would see the…

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