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Chancellor unveils £4.6bn in new lockdown grants

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the chancellor has announced. The news comes after the prime minister’s announcement that businesses will be closed until at least February half-term in order to help control the spread of Covid-19. This comes in addition to the £1.1bn in further discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities, Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and the extension of the furlough scheme The cash is provided on a per-property basis to support…

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UK hospitality trade bodies outline ‘road to recovery’

Sector must use industry collaboration and government support to boost recovery, according to UKH and CGA A new report from UKHospitality and CGA has revealed the scale of impact Covid has had on the hospitality sector, and outlines what the industry can do to recover both sales and consumer confidence. According to the trade bodies, “rigorous” safety measures, industry collaboration and government support can “speed the sector along the road to recovery”. The latest Future Shock series of reports from both groups provides the “most detailed picture yet” of the…

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UKHospitality reacts to conditional plan to ease lockdown

The hospitality industry has reacted to the prime minister’s announcement last night that outlined a ‘conditional’ plan to ease lockdown with stores possibly reopening sometime in July. Last night (10 May), Boris Johnson gave a prospective outline for a series of phased reopenings if certain conditions of a new “Covid alert system” are met. The new system will be put in place in England to track the virus and will use a scale of one to five with the alert level determined primarily by the ‘R number’ and the number…

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