1 12, 2020

National Living Wage will be increased and extended from April 2021

By |2020-12-01T13:56:31+01:00December 1st, 2020|

Last week saw another announcement that will be of concern to operators many of whom are struggling to survive in the current climate. The Government announced that the National Living Wage rate is to increase from April 2021. However, acknowledging the stress that businesses are under, the increase will be in line with inflation only [...]

26 11, 2020

Are you ready for post-Brexit immigration?

By |2020-11-26T12:51:34+01:00November 26th, 2020|

For many years now the hospitality and leisure sectors have relied heavily on workers from outside the UK.  High staff turnover, Brexit and the future new immigration system are ongoing concerns for operators. Will I be able to recruit bar and waiting staff under the immigration system? When the future immigration system was first proposed [...]

16 11, 2020

Takeaway – A lifeline for the sector

By |2020-11-16T15:25:17+01:00November 16th, 2020|

Pubs, restaurants and cafes can offer takeaway service The temporary measures introduced in March allowed restaurants, pubs and cafes to provide a food takeaway service without having to apply for planning permission.  These measures have been extended until 23 March 2022. This extension aims to allow businesses to plan ahead and adapt to changes in [...]

10 11, 2020

Did you Click and Collect this weekend?

By |2020-11-10T11:15:18+01:00November 10th, 2020|

New rules for Lockdown 2 During the Spring lockdown pubs, cafes and restaurants were allowed to sell food and drink to takeaway. But this time around the Government initially decided that takeaway alcohol would not be permitted during lockdown 2. Delivery or click and collect permitted However, in a welcome U turn the Government announced [...]

22 10, 2020

Tier 2 and struggling? Additional Government support announced

By |2020-10-22T19:26:21+01:00October 22nd, 2020|

In our recent article “Pub or Restaurant – is your meal substantial enough?” here we outlined the new Government Job Support Scheme (JSS) which is to be introduced from 1 November 2020.  We highlighted the different levels of support available to pubs in tiers 2 and 3. In some cases pubs were more likely to [...]

19 10, 2020

Pub or Restaurant – Is your meal substantial enough?

By |2020-10-19T17:12:52+01:00October 19th, 2020|

The new ‘three-tier traffic light’ system Following the Government’s recent introduction of the new tier restrictions (medium, high and very high), a number of new coronavirus local lockdowns have sprung up across the UK. Pub or restaurant? As part of the new tier 3 rules, restaurants can remain open but pubs must shut. Pubs that [...]