Diner in London. Photo by Artur Tumasjan on Unsplash

Reopening: UK hospitality trade improving slowly

Sales still remain ‘well below’ pre-Covid levels, with collective like-for-like sales down by 31.6% in the week beginning 13 July Managed pubs, bars and restaurants that have reopened in England reported lifted sales in their second week of trading.  According to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker data from CGA, sales remain “well below” pre-Covid levels, with collective like-for-like sales down by 31.6% in the week beginning 13 July. However, this marked an improved performance from the first week of reopening, when trading levels were 39.8% down against the year…

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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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Sports bar concept planned for central Manchester

Arc Inspirations, which owns the Banyan and Manahatta brands, plans to open the fourth branch of its Box Bar concept in an 8,000 sq ft unit in the recently completed 125 Deansgate, a 117,000 sq ft mixed-use building in Manchester.   Spread across the ground and first floor of a unit that fronts Brazennose Street, the city centre site marks the sports bar brand’s first venture outside Leeds, where three of its sites are already operational.  On Deansgate, the main bar will be located on the ground floor, according to the planning application submitted to Manchester City…

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