Who needs ‘wow’ in post-COVID Britain?

Experience used to be everything. Going out at the weekend was all about finding something new and different – somewhere that would impress your mates. But, no longer it seems. When Britain’s pubs and restaurants start to reopen in July, consumers say they’ll be looking for something more sedate – and safe. Familiarity, reliability and trust will be the watchwords, says Peter Martin.
     

Peter Martin: How to make friends, and influence the right people

The prime minister is safely back in Downing Street, and there are more signs of life in the out-of-home market as the likes of Burger King, Pret a Manger and KFC take tentative steps to reopen sites.But for much of the hospitality and leisure sector, the outlook remains uncertain and confusing. Last week’s pronouncement by chief medical officer Chris Whitty that “disruptive” social distancing is likely to be a feature of day-to-day life even until the end of the year, did nothing to calm the nerves of an already under pressure industry. Read what Peter Martin thinks about the latest news around COVID-19.
     

Peter Martin: Speculation and confusion, but still no government plan

So when will business – and pubs, bars and restaurant in particular – be able to open up again? It’s the question more people are beginning to ask, and the issue that has consumed much of this weekend’s media.The short answer seems to be ‘no time soon’. The press has been full of speculation, not to say confusion, about the Government’s supposed ‘three-point plan’ to start-up the economy, with talk of traffic-light systems, schools the first to open their doors as early as May 11, and even hope for the eating-out market.Then came Sunday morning, and senior cabinet member Michael Gove appearing on the Andrew Marr Show to put a dampener on everything. Read what Peter Martin says on the latest news around COVID-19.
     

COVID-19: a message to partners from CGA CEO Phil Tate

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, read what our Group Chief Executive Phil Tate has to share. We’ve now launched a section on our website containing our most up-to-date data on COVID-19’s impact on the out-of-home industry. This site will be an ever-developing resource for you to call upon, providing you with accurate, measured insights, analytics and thought leadership from our team of experts across the UK and U.S. 
     

April 29: a day for inspiring teams

Legendary industry guru Jim Sullivan back in London for his unique UK Leadership Masterclass. Bookings are now being taken, with market-leading companies already taking up places. The much-anticipated event will be held in the auditorium at 30 Euston Square on Wednesday April 29, 2020.
     

Business optimism improving across UK eating and drinking-out market

Optimism in the eating and drinking-out market has risen to its highest point for 18 months, the latest Business Confidence Survey reveals—but senior executives remain wary of squeezed consumer spending and rising costs as 2020 nears. The exclusive quarterly survey of business leaders across the UK pub, bar and restaurant market indicates that 44% are optimistic about prospects for the eating and drinking-out sector over the next 12 months. That figure is substantially up on 30% in the last survey three months ago, and is at the highest point since May 2018.