WSTA: ‘overwhelming support’ for six-month alcohol duty cut

A survey by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has shown “overwhelming support” for a six-month freeze on alcohol duty in the UK, while 84% of respondents also backed a halt on new laws amid the pandemic. Trade body the WSTA surveyed its members to find out what key messages it can deliver to the UK government to support the industry during the covid-19 crisis. Nearly 95% of companies who participated agreed with the WSTA’s…

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UK Hospitality calls for six-month rent break

Trade body UK Hospitality is urging the government to immediately extend the three-month freeze on rent to six months to protect businesses as landlords threaten companies with bailiff action. On 24 March, the UK government introduced emergency legislation to prevent landlords from repossessing commercial properties if businesses were unable to pay their rent during the covid-19 pandemic. Thousands of businesses in the UK were due to pay their quarterly rent last week (25 March). However,…

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