The BII along with the BBPA, UK Hospitality and police and local authority representatives have joined forced on a new guide to help licensees maximise the opportunity presented by this summer’s Euro championships while keeping staff and customers safe.
Called Euro 2020, despite being postponed until 2021, the tournament offers a huge opportunity for pubs to boost trade in the vital first few weeks after re-opening.
Download the guide here.
Trade bodies including BBPA, UKH and BII “bitterly disappointed” by delay which will cost pub sector alone £400 million.
Hospitality and pub industry leaders including the BBPA, UKH, BII and CAMRA have today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding support for their sector, following the delay to the roadmap for reopening which will mean restrictions are not removed until July 19th at the earliest.
The hospitality sector leaders have said they are “bitterly disappointed” by the delay to the full reopening of their sector, which will cost pubs £400 million alone.
As a result, they have urged the Prime Minister to delay the reintroduction of business rates payments, which would cost the sector some £93 million in just July, by at least three months.
They have also called on the Prime Minister to prioritise the additional £1.5 billion business rates support package announced back in March, to ensure eligible businesses such as brewers can apply as soon as possible.
A spokesperson said: “Our sector is facing one of its toughest periods in its history and this latest delay is yet another setback.
“Many pubs cannot break even under current restrictions and around 2,300 still remain closed.
“It is now absolutely critical that the Government provides our sector with further support – else the recovery of our pubs will be over before they’ve even been given a chance.”
The Prime Minister’s announcement today has delivered yet another devastating blow for our nations’ fragile and debt-laden pubs.
Over the course of the pandemic, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has consistently taken the voice of its members to Government, leaving them in no doubt that a delay at any stage of the already cautious roadmap which restricts the ability of pubs to once again trade freely and fully, will be hugely damaging to the recovery of the whole sector.
With rent, business rates for England and loan repayments all becoming due in the next few weeks on top of already heavy staffing costs and mounting losses, any delayed return to full and free trading MUST be met with further short term support.
The BII is urgently continuing to call for:
BII CEO, Steve Alton, said:
“Pubs at the heart of their communities are built on the resilience provided by the summer months, boosted by sporting events, large scale family celebrations and being an essential part of the UK tourism offer. Put simply, every day of critical summer trading lost, is a step closer to business failure.
“Whilst many outside of the hospitality sector may perceive this delay as being a small price to pay, for pubs, with 16 months of severe disruption & closure behind them, any further delay requires further and immediate support.
“Government must now urgently extend short term support to help minimise the effects that these continuing restrictions will have on pubs and the wider hospitality sector. The pressure of the debts that have mounted over the course of the pandemic is now meeting significant costs coming back on line for businesses head on, creating a perfect storm.
“Even without the delay, we know that the recovery for our sector will be prolonged over many years, with pandemic specific debts per site averaging between £40k and £80k. There needs to be a long term plan in place to provide these vital community spaces with the opportunity to rebuild their livelihoods, whilst supporting local employment and contributing to the UK’s overall economic recovery.
“We have seen the pent-up demand from customers desperate to return to their normal lives, but this delay and ongoing uncertainty will have far reaching consequences for every area of the hospitality sector, affecting the confidence of consumers, potential employees uncertain on the stability of jobs and essential investment in our viable businesses.
“Government must now break this perpetual cycle of uncertainty. They must now provide urgent clarity on how this further delay will enable our members to fully reopen their businesses as soon as possible. Critical to the recovery of our sector is the ability to simply trade free of restrictions and be able to plan for the future.”