Prince Charles tells on-trade ‘we need you badly’

The Prince of Wales recorded a message of support for the UK hospitality industry, stressing the “invaluable service” the sector provides and that “we need you all badly” following months of on-trade closures. Prince Charles delivered his support for the hospitality industry, paying tribute to the “immense contribution” the sector makes to the UK, both economically and socially. His speech was delivered during the Master Innholders’ Hoteliers – Battered but not Beaten event yesterday (18…

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Spirits Europe unveils #WeStandReady campaign

Trade body Spirits Europe has launched a campaign calling for coordinated action to help hospitality businesses reopen safely and ensure the long-term recovery of the sector. The #WeStandReady campaign urges ‘clear and coordinated’ action from governments, hospitality operators and other trade bodies to aid the sector’s recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. Spirits Europe is calling for the establishment of an EU task force and recovery fund to bring together cross-sector representatives, plus national ministers and…

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UK govt faces lawsuit over hospitality reopening

Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, has threatened the UK government with legal action over its plans to reopen hospitality venues after non-essential retailers. On Twitter, Lord said the government has until Wednesday (17 March) to respond to his legal challenge. Lord believes there is a lack of evidence for delaying the reopening of hospitality. He said: “Hospitality needs time to reorder, staff up etc. We need decent advance notice about re-opening.…

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Scottish government admits no evidence for bar closures

The Scottish government has failed to produce evidence to support Covid-19 restrictions on the country’s hospitality sector, a trade group has found. Trade body the Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to the government in November, asking for any evidence to back up restrictions placed on the on-trade from 1 March 2020. The SHG said the aim of the FOI request was to find out exactly what information the government…

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Budget: UK freezes alcohol duty and gives grants to hospitality firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak cancelled the planned duty increase for spirits for the second year in a row during the UK budget today, and pledged grants of up to £18,000 (US$25,118) for hospitality businesses. In today’s budget (3 March), the second from Sunak, duty for all alcoholic drinks was frozen. Sunak said: “All alcohol duties are cancelled for the second year in a row. Only the third time in two decades.” Furthermore, hospitality and leisure businesses…

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