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Boyle and McQueen call on government to support UK cinema chains

Danny Boyle, Steve McQueen and other leading British film-makers have called on the government to offer financial support to the UK’s big cinema chains. “These companies represent over 80 per cent of the market,” they write in a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak published in the Sunday Times. “Without them the future of the entire UK film industry would look extremely precarious.” Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan are among the other signatories. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Love, Actually director Richard Curtis, Bend It Like Beckham director…

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Pizza Express ‘cuts a deal’ to reduce rent costs by closing sites

Pizza Express is to close 73 of its UK restaurants with the potential loss of 1,100 jobs. The chain, which at the moment has 454 UK outlets, said it had cut a deal to reduce rent costs. It said although most of its restaurants have been profitable over the past three years, earnings had been declining. Pizza Express also confirmed it had hired advisers from Lazard to lead a sale process for the business. It is currently majority owned by Chinese firm Hony Capital. Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express’s managing director…

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CEO warns of post-lockdown “hell” for UK restaurants

“Starting up, it’s going to be hell,” says Mark Selby, chief executive and co-founder of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. “A lot of people are going be nervous about coming out. We’ve all got to do our jobs in making people feel confident, making them feel safe, but also giving them that experience that hospitality is.” Restaurants and pubs across the UK have been hard-hit by lockdown measures that were introduced in March in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In England, the hospitality industry expects to be…

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