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Saturday 27th February 2021
UKHospitality welcomes new grants package but more must be provided from the Budget
UKHospitality welcomes new grants package but more must be provided from the Budget: UKHospitality has welcomed a new grants package for sector businesses but said more help must be provided through the Budget announcement on Wednesday (3 … view
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Friday 26th February 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Steering clear of overly cautious mindsets, kind regards, supporting teams in managing change and building resilience
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott, Jill Whittaker
 

Steering clear of ove … view

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Friday 26th February 2021
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Sector leaders write to chancellor pleading for emergency support to stop more businesses failing before they have chance to reopen: More than 200 industry leaders along with sector trade bodies have written to the government warning it t … view
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Friday 26th February 2021
Sector leaders write to chancellor pleading for emergency support
Sector leaders write to chancellor pleading for emergency support to stop more businesses failing before they have chance to reopen: More than 200 industry leaders along with sector trade bodies have written to the government warning it t … view
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Thursday 25th February 2021
Boris Johnson confirms lower alcohol duty in pubs and restaurants is being considered
Boris Johnson confirms lower alcohol duty in pubs and restaurants is being considered: Boris Johnson has revealed chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering rolling out lower rates of alcohol duty for pubs and restaurants than for supermarkets … view
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Thursday 25th February 2021
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Selby – chancellor needs to go beyond extensions including a scheme to kick-start the industry again: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has to go further than simply extending support schemes, including considering a similar Eat Out To Help Out in … view
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Wednesday 24th February 2021
Reilley – We need to see measures that go beyond just simply extending what has already been provided in terms of support
Reilley – We need to see measures that go beyond just simply extending what has already been provided in terms of support: Loungers chairman Alex Reilley has said that if the chancellor Rishi Sunak does nothing more than extend the supp … view
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Wednesday 24th February 2021
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Sector blasts Scottish government over ‘lack of clarity’ on reopening: Sector bosses have blasted the Scottish government for a “lack of clarity” over its reopening plans for hospitality. Pubs and restaurants are set to reopen in … view
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Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Opinion Special: When the levee breaks

When the levee breaks by Mark Wingett

So, act one of the two-act play that will determine the shape and size of the UK’s hospitality sector for years to come is over. The prime minister dutifully read out his lines, all of which we had … view
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Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Operators criticise delay until May for indoor dining
Operators criticise delay until May for indoor dining: More operators have expressed frustration that the government has delayed the re-opening of indoor dining until May. Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “We a … view
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Tuesday 23rd February 2021
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Government has ‘nine days to save thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs’, warns UKHospitality: The government has “nine days to save thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs that simply will not … view
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Monday 22nd February 2021
More operators condemn government over sector reopening plans
More operators condemn government over sector reopening plans: More industry operators have condemned the government over its plans for reopening the sector. Prime minister Boris Johnson said pubs and restaurants in England could be allowed to … view
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Monday 22nd February 2021
Operators lambast government after being told they won’t open indoors until mid-May at earliest
Operators lambast government after being told they won’t open indoors until mid-May at earliest: Operators have lambasted the government after being told they won’t open indoors until at least mid-May – without any announcement of furthe … view
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Monday 22nd February 2021
Sector fears mid-May reopening for indoor hospitality
Sector fears mid-May reopening for indoor hospitality: Leaks in the national press over what Boris Johnson’s reopening roadmap will include, have increased fears that indoor hospitality will not be allowed to open until mid-May. Johnson … view
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Monday 22nd February 2021
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Luke Johnson – I would rather PM gave himself wiggle room on reopening: Serial sector investor Luke Johnson has said he would rather see prime minister Boris Johnson give himself “a lot of wiggle room” when it came to his roadmap fo … view
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Saturday 20th February 2021
Update: Sector bosses speak out ahead of PM announcing reopening roadmap
Vincent – Leon losing circa £200,000 a week, extending lockdowns will ‘cost lives’: Natural fast food brand Leon has been losing about £200,000 a week and it was "quite possible" the company could fold if lockdown “drags on”, … view
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Saturday 20th February 2021
Sector bosses urge PM to consider essential community role of pubs ahead of announcing reopening roadmap
Sector bosses urge PM to consider essential community role of pubs ahead of announcing reopening roadmap: Prime minister Boris Johnson has been urged by sector bosses to consider the essential community role of pubs ahead of announcing his reo … view
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Friday 19th February 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: It’s story time, the tech-led drive for delivery, no experience necessary, restaurants and leisure – building anew 
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Abi Dunn, Rupert Bentley Smith
 

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Friday 19th February 2021
Sunak to extend rates relief and furlough
Sunak to extend rates relief and furlough: The chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to extend two crucial lifelines to companies battered by ongoing covid restrictions by keeping the furlough scheme going until the summer and prolonging the busi … view
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Friday 19th February 2021
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London mayor announces £5m plan to support safe reopening of central London and attract visitors back to hospitality venues: Proposals to invest £5m to support the eventual reopening of central London, including a new drive to attract v … view
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Thursday 18th February 2021
UKHospitality calls on government to provide re-opening roadmap
UKHospitality calls on government to provide re-opening roadmap: UKHospitality is urging the government to provide businesses with certainty and clarity in its reopening announcement next week as it presents its own roadmap for the h … view
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Thursday 18th February 2021
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UKHospitality calls on sector to join video campaign to send message to government ahead of Budget: UKHospitality is calling on the sector to lend its support to a campaign to secure further vital support for businesses. Leaders from acro … view
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Thursday 18th February 2021
MPs tell government to act now or see ‘extinction’ of UK nightlife, Camile Thai expansion
MPs tell government to act now or see ‘extinction’ of UK nightlife: A cross-party group of more than 40 MPs has warned the night-time economy is at risk of “extinction” unless the government takes further action. The All Party Par … view
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Wednesday 17th February 2021
Exclusive: Emeny – pub sector chief executives keen to have meaningful engagement with government
Exclusive – pub sector chief executives keen to have meaningful engagement with government, says Emeny: Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fuller’s, has told Propel chief executives from the UK’s leading pub companies are keen to re-engage … view
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Wednesday 17th February 2021
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open in May under government roadmap
Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open in May under government roadmap – The Daily Mail: Leisure businesses may not return to ‘broadly normal’ until July under a roadmap out of lockdown, The Daily Mail has reported. The newspa … view
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Wednesday 17th February 2021
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New report confirms hospitality not significant area of covid transmission: A new report on the safe reopening of hospitality, commissioned by UKHospitality from analysts CGA, showed businesses in the sector were not significant areas of … view
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Tuesday 16th February 2021
Boris Johnson – rapid tests could re-open nightclubs
Boris Johnson – rapid tests could re-open nightclubs: Quick coronavirus testing could enable nightclubs and theatres to reopen, Boris Johnson has suggested. The PM said ‘rapid’ lateral flow tests could be used by “those parts of t … view
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Tuesday 16th February 2021
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Cut VAT to boost tourism as sector sinks, says UKHospitality: UKHospitality has urged the government to extended and expand the VAT cut for sector businesses in order to stimulate demand and help support the tourism and hospitality sector … view
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Monday 15th February 2021
JDW’s Tim Martin – pubs must be allowed to re-open at the same time as non-essential shops
JDW’s Tim Martin – pubs must be allowed to re-open at the same time as non-essential shops: Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin is calling on the government to open pubs at the same time as non-essential shops reopen. He says that the pub indu … view
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Monday 15th February 2021
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Sector bosses call on chancellor to back hospitality industry in 2021: More than 160 sector bosses from the UK’s leading hospitality businesses have written to the chancellor ahead of next month’s Budget. The letter – which has been … view
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Monday 15th February 2021
Sector bosses call on chancellor to back hospitality industry in 2021
Sector bosses call on chancellor to back hospitality industry in 2021: More than 160 sector bosses from the UK’s leading hospitality businesses have written to the chancellor ahead of next month’s Budget. The letter – which has been sign … view
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Sunday 14th February 2021
Update: Deliveroo and restaurant partners write to PM, Boris’ hospitality hint, Alex Reilley
Deliveroo and 330 partners urge PM to take five steps to support restaurants’ survival: Deliveroo, alongside 330 restaurant partners, has written to prime minister Boris Johnson to call for further support in enabling restaurants across … view
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Saturday 13th February 2021
Pub sector chief executives set to step back from government talks over ‘lack of respect’
Pub sector chief executives set to step back from government talks over ‘lack of respect’: Chief executives from the UK’s leading pub companies have written to the government saying they are stepping back from talks with business mi … view
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Friday 12th February 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Alliance to bring insurance duo to task, tense times as we await roadmap to reopening, the need to market our sector, the drive for delivery and adapting to the challenge
Authors: Jeremy Roberts, Kate Nicholls, Ann … view
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Friday 12th February 2021
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Living Ventures co-founder launches alliance to bring insurance companies to task: Jeremy Roberts, co-founder and chairman of Living Ventures, has launched a new alliance as he looks to bring selected insurance companies to task over refu … view
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Thursday 11th February 2021
Platinum ends interest in buying Marston’s
Platinum ends interest in buying Marston’s: Private equity firm Platinum has decided to end its attempt to buy Marston’s It stated: “Platinum today announces that, after careful consideration, it does not intend to submit a revised … view
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Thursday 11th February 2021
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Summer staycation market set for 22% increase versus 2019, could reach ten-year high: The value of the UK summer domestic holiday market is set to increase by an estimated 22% compared with 2019, according to research by Mintel. It has al … view
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Wednesday 10th February 2021
Legal Briefing

The pandemic’s complicated relationship with legislation by Michelle Hazelwood

Legislation is a curious thing. It governs everything we do but remains mostly invisible. The public generally believes it is just the acts of parliament th … view
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Wednesday 10th February 2021
Cain International secures future for Prezzo, 22 restaurants to close
Cain International secures future for Prezzo, 22 restaurants to close: Cain International, the privately held investment firm operating in Europe and the US, has acquired Prezzo from its administrators through a pre-pack arrangement. The … view
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Wednesday 10th February 2021
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Pub bosses publish recovery roadmap and press government on reopening date as beer sales plummet 56% in 2020: Pub sector bosses and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have urged the government to give a clear timeline and date for … view
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Wednesday 10th February 2021
Pub bosses publish recovery roadmap and press for reopening date as beer sales plummet 56% in 2020
Pub bosses publish recovery roadmap and press government on reopening date as beer sales plummet 56% in 2020: Pub sector bosses and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have urged the government to give a clear timeline and date for when … view
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Tuesday 9th February 2021
Rooney Anand appoints former NWTC boss Chris Hill as CEO at RedCat Pub Company
Rooney Anand appoints former NWTC boss Chris Hill as CEO at RedCat Pub Company: Former Greene King leader Rooney Anand has appointed Chris Hill, who was chief executive at New World Trading Company (NWTC), to the same position at his new inves … view
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Tuesday 9th February 2021
Luke Johnson lines up acquisition of Chapel Down beer business
Luke Johnson lines up acquisition of Chapel Down beer business: Chapel Down, England’s leading winemaker, is to dispose of its Curious Drinks business and assets, comprising the Curious beer and cider brands and the Curious Brewery and … view
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Tuesday 9th February 2021
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Exclusive – Imbiba invests in retro-arcade bar concept, BrewDog’s McDowall to chair: Hospitality investor Imbiba has invested £1.4m in NQ64, the immersive retro-arcade bar concept, to aid its further growth plans, Propel has learned. … view
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Monday 8th February 2021
Opinion Special: Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before by Mark Wingett

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in! It was only at the end of last month, that I wrote “it is going to be a long five weeks ahead, but maybe for … view
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Monday 8th February 2021
Prezzo’s new owner explores restructure, Big Table Group agrees six-year Center Parcs deal
Prezzo’s new owner appoints advisors for possible restructuring: Cain International, the privately held investment firm led by Jonathan Goldstein, which acquired the Karen Jones-chaired Prezzo in December last year, is exploring whether … view
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Monday 8th February 2021
Franco Manca operator – we are seeing opportunities to buy sites at much reduced rents
Franco Manca operator – we are seeing opportunities to buy sites at much reduced rents: Franco Manca operator Fulham Shore, which operates 53 Franco Manca sites and 19 The Real Greek venues, has highlighted the property opportunities be … view
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Monday 8th February 2021
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Holmes – crisis has provided an opportunity to expand Coco di Mama brand presence across the UK: Steve Holmes, chief executive of Azzurri Group, the TowerBrook Capital-backed business, has told Propel the crisis has given the business t … view
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Saturday 6th February 2021
Update: Proposals for reopening of pubs
Pubs and restaurants could reopen in April – with no alcohol: Pubs and restaurants could reopen as soon as April if they agree not to sell alcohol under options being discussed to allow the widespread relaxation of coronavirus restricti … view
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Friday 5th February 2021
Darby steps down from SA Brain CEO role as pub deal with Marston’s completes
Darby steps down from SA Brain CEO role as pub deal with Marston’s completes: Alistair Darby has stepped down as chief executive of Welsh brewer and retailer SA Brain following the completion of the deal that sees Marston’s take over … view
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Friday 5th February 2021
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Testing the reliability of covid-19 mortality statistics, the shift in city dynamics, pubs need support not a handout, satisfying the ‘low and no’ market 
Authors: Paul Chase, Glynn Davis, Jon Dale, Katy Moses< … view
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Friday 5th February 2021
Government set to scrap rules making pubs serve ‘substantial meals’ with alcohol when they reopen
Government set to scrap rules making pubs serve ‘substantial meals’ with alcohol when they reopen: Rules forcing pubs to serve a “substantial meal” with alcohol are set to be scrapped when the lockdown is next eased. Boris Johnson want … view
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Friday 5th February 2021
Update: Rooney Anand confirms £500m pub acquisition plan
Rooney Anand confirms £500m pub acquisition plan: One of the world’s biggest investment firms is backing a plan by former Greene King boss Rooney Anand to invest up to £500m on buying pub assets, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Los … view
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Friday 5th February 2021
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Yum! Brands reports KFC UK sales up 14% in fourth quarter, only down 2% for 2020 despite coronavirus: Yum! Brands has reported KFC’s system sales in the UK rose 14% for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2020, compared with the previo … view
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Thursday 4th February 2021
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Sector forking out £542m a month to support furlough, says S4labour: The hospitality sector is forking out £542m a month in support of the furlough scheme, according to analysis from S4labour, the online labour-scheduling management sys … view
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Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Update: Time Out Group and Chipotle
Time Out Group signs to open Time Out Market in Abu Dhabi: Time Out Group has entered into a management agreement with leading real estate developer, Aldar Properties, to open a new Time Out Market in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. Time O … view
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Wednesday 3rd February 2021
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Operators urged to come together to share policy information in business interruption insurance fight: Calum Brazier, finance director at Imbiba-backed Albion and East, is urging operators to come together and share information over their … view
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Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Propel Tuesday News Briefing
Propel Multi Club Conference helping operators ‘thrive and survive’ opens for bookings, two free places for operators: The first Propel Multi Club Conference of 2021 will take place on Wednesday, 10 March, with the day-long event bein … view
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Monday 1st February 2021
Marston’s rejects 105p per share offer from US private equity firm, reveals two previous bids received
Marston’s rejects 105p per share offer from US private equity firm, reveals two previous bids received: Marston's has rejected an offer of 105p per share from Platinum Equity Advisors – and revealed it had received two previous offers from … view
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Monday 1st February 2021
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Findlay – not hearing anything about further support until March is ‘completely unacceptable’: Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has said not hearing about further support for the sector until the budget at the start of Marc … view
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