Hospo Demo urges UK government to ‘save hospitality’

Hundreds of hospitality workers gathered in Parliament Square, London, yesterday (19 October) to protest the UK government’s restrictions on the sector, as the industry warns thousands of jobs are at risk. Protestors brought pots, pans, cocktail shakers and more to create as much noise as possible and make sure the industry was heard. Those in attendance included Sly Augustin, owner of London bar Trailer Happiness; Alex Kratena, co-founder of London bar Tayēr + Elementary; Jillian…

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Covid-19 restrictions ‘strangulating’ bars

A leading bar owner has described the recent Covid-19 restrictions on the hospitality sector as akin to “starving a person to death rather than pulling the trigger”, as data shows the sector is not responsible for rising cases. Speaking to The Spirits Business last week, Sly Augustin, owner of Trailer Happiness in London, discussed the detrimental effects the new three-tier local lockdown restrictions would have on the hospitality sector. New measures were introduced across England…

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What’s on this weekend

Whisky Fest in a Box The Whisky Lounge will host its Whisky Festival in a Box this weekend. Running from today (16 October) until Sunday (18 October), the festival will bring together brands and distillers from across the industry for a variety of live-streamed tastings and masterclasses. The festival comprises seven themed tasting sessions, covering Scotch, world, Asian, English, independent and peated whiskies. Distillers set to take part include Kavalan, Nikka, Mackmyra, The Lakes Distillery…

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Third of Irish pubs could close for good

A third of Irish publicans believe there is a moderate chance their businesses will close for good, while half of venues have reduced their staff numbers permanently, a new study has found. The research was conducted by trade group the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI), which surveyed 1,085 business owners in the country’s drinks and hospitality sector from 1 to 5 October 2020. To date, half of Irish pubs have cut their staff numbers…

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UK Hospitality urges more financial support

Trade group UK Hospitality is calling for the government to reintroduce the full furlough scheme for workers in areas under local lockdown to save jobs and businesses, as new coronavirus restrictions are due to be announced in England next week. Speaking during a number of media interviews, UK Hospitality’s CEO Kate Nicholls urged the return of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereby 80% of employees’ wages were paid by the government. The scheme ended in…

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