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Blackburn: eight-screen cinema to replace leisure centre by end 2020

Reel aims for December opening in Blackburn The cinema operator, which now hopes to open in the town this December, is seeking to extend its lease from 20 years to 25. Barnfield Construction started work in autumn 2018 on the project, on the former Waves leisure centre site in Nab Lane. Along with an eight-screen cinema, the scheme includes a café, dessert bar and undercroft parking as well as public realm works to improve links between nearby key areas. Blackburn with Darwen Council took the scheme through planning early in…

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What next for UK hospitality after Eat Out to Help Out ends? 

The arrival of September signals the end of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The initiative, designed to boost restaurants’ revenues at a time of reduced footfall, has been widely praised by commentators, although there are still concerns over the future of the sector amid the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.  Announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July as part of a plan to help the ailing hospitality sector, Eat Out to Help Out ran throughout August, providing customers with 50% off meals from Monday to Wednesday with…

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Two Manchester live music venues saved, to “lift economy”

The founder of Tokyo Industries, which acquired the leases of two popular Manchester venues that would have closed, told Place North West the live music industry will survive because there is no replacement for it, but urged the Government to support the sector following Covid-19.  “You can’t replace live music. You can stream it but it is not the same as being in front of a stage,” Aaron Mellor said. “It is vitally important that Government gets behind hospitality and music venues because, ultimately, we will be the rebirth of the economy.”  Last weekend,…

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