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Pub marquees could become permanent fixtures

September 6, 2021

Marquees set up by pubs and restaurants during the Covid pandemic could become permanent on-site fixtures, under government proposals. Ministers are consulting on plans to allow some of extra seating introduced by outdoor hospitality to continue.   Street markets may also be allowed to open all year but a continuation of al fresco dining on Read More…


UK hospitality hit by severe staff shortages after lockdown, industry chiefs warn

July 21, 2021

  The UK’s hospitality venues are suffering from a “severe” shortage of staff, as industry chiefs warn many businesses are struggling to re-adjust to the lifting of Covid lockdown curbs. Many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs yet to reopen after the lengthy winter shutdown are desperately seeking staff to take advantage of the surge in demand this summer. Read More…


Whitbread: Premier Inn owner braces for UK holiday boom

April 27, 2021

  Premier Inn owner Whitbread has said it expects strong demand for holidays in the UK throughout the summer as Covid restrictions ease further from mid-May. The hotel and restaurant firm forecasts “a significant bounce in leisure demand in our tourist locations”. At the same time, Whitbread laid bare the impact of the pandemic on Read More…


Covid: Cornwall ‘faces losing £1bn of visitor spending’

January 18, 2021

  Cornwall faces losing £1bn of spending by visitors over 14 months because of coronavirus, tourism bosses say. Visit Cornwall head Malcolm Bell said the projected loss, estimated for March 2020 to April 2021, would have a “major impact on business viability”. Mr Bell said he wanted to urge potential visitors to make bookings to Read More…


Greene King to rename pubs over ‘links to racism’

January 18, 2021

  Greene King is to rename four of its pubs over possible links to racism. The UK pub chain announced it would rebrand three venues currently called The Black Boy – in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury in Suffolk, and Shinfield in Berkshire – as well as the Black’s Head in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, due to their Read More…



Coronavirus: Some restaurants extend Eat Out to September

August 27, 2020

  Some restaurants say they will continue to offer the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in September, funding it themselves, because it has been so successful. The government scheme offers customers 50% off their meal, up to a maximum of £10 during August. But chains such as Pizza Pilgrims now say they will offer Read More…


Coca-Cola suspends social media advertising despite Facebook changes

June 29, 2020

  Coca-Cola will suspend advertising on social media globally for at least 30 days, as pressure builds on platforms to crack down on hate speech. “There is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for racism on social media,” the drinks maker’s chairman and CEO James Quincey said. He demanded “greater Read More…


Coronavirus: Restaurant bosses in plea to PM for help

June 29, 2020

  Bosses at restaurant and food chains including Wagamama and Pizza Hut have warned the prime minister the sector faces mass job cuts without more help. In a letter to Boris Johnson backed by 90 firms, they say that if social distancing remains they will need action on tax, rents and other support. Without more Read More…


US threatens tariffs on EU beer, gin and olives

June 25, 2020

  The US has threatened new trade tariffs on beer, chocolate and olives from the European Union, as part of a long-running row over subsidies to planemaker Airbus. The US Trade Representative said it was considering duties on 30 products worth $3.1bn (£2.5bn) in trade every year. It has already put 15% to 25% tariffs Read More…