It always comes back to the economy

The Government is preparing a major overhaul of the planning system in England to speed up approvals for new developments. It’s all part of its strategy for kick-starting the economy, or so we read in the press. We are now used to ministers testing out the popularity of ideas in the media before either pushing ahead or simply denying they were ever being considered in the first place.
     

Hospitality responsible for a quarter of Britain’s GDP fall, says sector Tracker

Britain’s hospitality sector was responsible for nearly a quarter of the GDP losses felt by UK business in April, highlighting the urgent need for the sector to be allowed to re-open. Total GDP in the UK fell by 20.4% in April, according to ONS figures released yesterday, while new figures from the UKHospitality Tracker reveal how badly the hospitality sector was hit, with turnovers down nearly 90% in the same month. Taken with data from March, with hospitality being first into the downturn, the sector has been responsible for some 32.7% of lost GDP for the country since the crisis began, with figures for trading in May and June being no better.
     

Bars and restaurants are not just a business: supporting the industry

COVID-19 has been an extremely challenging time for our industry, with hospitality businesses and their staff impacted beyond what any of us could have imagined. At their core, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and clubs (and many other on-premise businesses) are the result of organically grown passion projects. As a frequent visitor to many of them, and as someone who has developed a strong working relationship with many key brands and businesses in this industry, it’s hard to even contemplate that some of these establishments may never open their doors again. Read Amy Warren’s latest commentary.
     

Ten takeaways from CGA’s Course to Recovery webinar

As the out-of-home sector works towards a potential reopening from early July, this CGA webinar focused on the key factors that will influence how plans for rebooting hospitality will evolve and adapt to a changing trading landscape. The ‘Resetting the Course to Recovery’ session, run with insight partner Wireless Social, set out the on-trade, consumer and economic dynamics that all operators and suppliers will need to react to and track—and explored what the ‘new normal’ might look like. Download the presentation or watch the recording.
     

Time for some serious gardening

Some good may yet come out of the Dominic Cummings chaos. In a move that could be interpreted as a way to win back public popularity, the Prime Minister has hinted tantalizingly that pubs and restaurants may be allowed to reopen earlier than first suggested – with pub gardens and restaurant terraces earlier still. Read Peter Martin’s latest commentary.