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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Scotland’s reopening plan will ‘destroy’ hospitality

The Scottish government’s plans to reopen hospitality businesses “will do serious harm” to the sector resulting in closures and job losses, trade body UK Hospitality has warned. The Scottish government has outlined a road map to ease lockdown restrictions across the country through four flexible phases, which will be reviewed every three weeks. The plan states hospitality businesses with outdoor spaces will be able to reopen during phase two of the plan, but those without…

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Nearly half of consumers return to China’s bars

Since on-trade venues reopened across China following the coronavirus lockdown there has been an almost even split between consumers who have visited bars and those who have stayed away in four of the country’s most developed cities, according to CGA research. CGA’s China On Premise Recovery Report conducted research in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Wuhan – China’s most developed bar and restaurant markets – between 7 and 11 May. CGA said the research showed a…

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Consumers hesitant to return to bars reopening in US

One in 10 consumers surveyed across four US states have visited a bar since the on-trade started reopening following the relaxation of lockdown measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The most recent On Premise Impact Report by Nielsen CGA surveyed 1,600 consumers from Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Georgia between 9-11 May. The results showed 10% of those questioned had visited a bar or restaurant for a drink during this period. The results also showed one…

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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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