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UK Hospitality welcomes amended licensing regulations

The new regulations allow businesses to apply for 20 temporary event notices for 2022 and 2023, up from 15, and extend automatic off-licence flexibility until the end of September 2022. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “These amended regulations are positive news for businesses that have been hard hit over the course of the pandemic. UKHospitality has pushed hard for these extensions so we are grateful that the Home Office has listened and acted. All and any support for the sector will be vital on the long road to…

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Over 330,000 hospitality jobs at risk due to rent debt

The £2.5b rent debt hanging over the hospitality industry poses a threat to the future of thousands of businesses and over 330,000 jobs, according to analysis by UKHospitality The current moratorium on evictions from commercial premises has been extended until 30 June and a government call for evidence on a solution to the issue ended on 4 May. Without further action it is feared many hospitality operators could face bills for hundreds of thousands of pounds of rent arrears, despite being unable to trade for much of the past year. A…

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Insurance: ‘light at end of tunnel’ for UK hospitality businesses

The high court ruling on business interruption insurance policies suggests Covid-19 claims should be paid in most cases where policies had pandemic or notifiable disease clauses. The 162-page ruling published this morning has been welcomed by industry bodies, although it is anticipated that insurers will appeal the judgement. UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The confusion around business interruption insurance policies came at the worst possible time for businesses. They found themselves being denied support they thought they were entitled to in the middle of the worst crisis they have…

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