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£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses


£20 million new funding to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of…

The Codfather Reels in Top Prize for Sarson’s’ Community Initiative


Sarson’s has announced The Codfather in Aylesbury as the big winner in its ‘Proud To Serve Our Community’ campaign, scooping £500 towards its next wholesaler order. The deserving chippy won…

Food delivery platform Foodhub plans to double size of business


Food delivery platform Foodhub has announced it aims to deliver 20 million meals across the country in 2020 as part of plans to double the size of its business.

More than 53,000 outlets sign up for Eat Out To Help Out scheme


The government has said more than 53,000 outlets have signed up for its Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

The update comes as Eat Out To Help Out stickers…

JJ Launches Biodegradable Fish and Chip boxes


JJ Foodservice has launched biodegradable fish and chip boxes to help businesses to be eco-friendly.

“As a key supplier to UK fish and chip shops – we have a responsibility to…

Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday


- Face coverings will be mandatory in additional enclosed public spaces from Friday - including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs

- New measure an important step in lifting lockdown, as the public…

Government publishes call for evidence over business rates reform, trade bodies want holiday period extension


The government has published a call for evidence for a fundamental review of business rates.

The government is seeking views on the current business rates system, issues that need to…

HSE is checking COVID compliance in Bradford businesses


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is out conducting spot inspections on businesses in Bradford checking they are working right and are COVID-secure. HSE is checking that businesses are aware…



In a new initiative - ‘Heinz Food Heroes’ – Heinz, in collaboration with Arena – the hospitality networking association, is launching a new awards programme to recognise ‘foodies’ who have…

FCA begins business interruption insurance test case


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has started a test case on behalf of thousands of businesses that claim they should have been paid by insurers to cover closures during the…

Consumers hesitant over return to normal habits but strong backing for Eat Out To Help Out scheme


Consumers are hesitant about returning to pre-lockdown eating-out habits but there are signs take-up of the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme may be strong, according to research by…

British foodservice industry shows early signs of recovery


Spend for week ending Sunday July 12th reaches 50% of pre-lockdown levels

Global information company The NPD Group says there is clear evidence of a slow but encouraging recovery in…

New plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options


People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an amendment tabled today to legislation in Parliament.

People using pubs, restaurants and…

Pre-bookings in pubs and restaurants soar but so do no-shows


Consumers are putting much more planning into their eating and drinking out since lockdown eased, CGA’s new Consumer Pulse survey showed – but the fresh emphasis on reservations is hitting…

Domino’s tells CMA revised findings on Amazon and Deliveroo deal suffer ‘critical flaw’


Domino’s Pizza Group has told the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) its revised provisional findings into Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo “suffer from a critical flaw in logic” and has called…

Sarson’s Helping Supercharge Social Distancing Signage with Free Support Kit


Sarson’s is unveiling yet more support for its beloved chippy community in the shape of exclusive, completely free signage support kits that operators can use to urge customers to keep…

JJ Offers Digital Guides to Support Hospitality Sector


Wholesaler JJ Foodservice has launched a digital support campaign to help restaurants take advantage of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

This week a…

World’s Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands Could Lose up to US$33 Billion of Brand Value from COVID-19


The world’s top 25 most valuable restaurant brands could lose up to US$33 billion worth of brand value as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest…

Meadow Vale Foods expands its Homestyle delivery range with the launch of new Buttermilk Fillet


The highly successful Homestyle brand from Meadow Vale Foods has a tasty new addition in the form of the Homestyle 150g Buttermilk Fillet.  A chicken breast fillet, marinated in buttermilk…

UK economy shrinks 19.1% in three months to May


The UK economy shrank 19.1% in the three months to May and a record 20.4% in April, according to new data produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out


Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to…

Government unveils more details of points-based immigration system


The government has unveiled further details of its points-based immigration system that will come into force when freedom of movement with the European Union ends in January.

Home secretary Priti…

Almost a quarter of restaurants have struggled with staff shortages, new data reveals


Almost a quarter (24%) of restaurants have struggled due to staff absences and an increase in online orders, while a further 13% are concerned about providing their staff with PPE. 

PCRRG calls for greater recognition that paper cups can be recycled


The PCRRG (Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group) has published its latest Report, demonstrating real momentum behind paper cup recycling in the UK and that the greater majority of the…

Thousands of business advisers to offer free services to small firms


Thousands of expert professional and business services advisers have signed up to offer free online advice to help small businesses bounce back from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Recovery Advice for Business…

Summer Economic Update: summary of policies announced


This afternoon the Chancellor announced his next package of support for the UK economy, signalling a shift into phase two of the Government’s economic response, focused on protecting, supporting and…

HMRC Updates on ‘Job retention bonus’ and ‘Updates on CJRS scheme’


Job retention bonus

This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until…

Cut in VAT and Eat Out to Help Out Guidance


Cut in VAT

The Government has published further guidance on the cut in VAT from 20% to 5% for hospitality businesses. It outlines that the cut will apply to:

  • hot and…

Deliveroo adds tipping feature to support independent restaurants


Deliveroo has boosted its support of independent restaurants by launching a direct-tipping function on its app as part of a new campaign.

The Love Your Local campaign will see Deliveroo…

Welsh hospitality warns at least 30,000 jobs at risk


At least 30,000 job losses are expected in the Welsh hospitality sector and almost half of those have already happened, according to a survey of over 100 businesses.

The survey…

Rishi's Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back


The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today set out a ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will spur the UK’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak.

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor…

Coronavirus to cost small businesses operating in food and beverage over £21,000 each – with over half at risk of permanently closing


The impact of coronavirus to small businesses operating in food and beverage will exceed £21,586 each in lost work, earnings and loan repayments, with well over half (55%) at risk…

Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses


Over a million Bounce Back Loans approved.

On the eve of the Chancellor’s summer economic update in Parliament, new figures reveal today that the number of Bounce Back loans approved…

NFFF Training Academy - Update


To help shops desperately in need of training the NFFF Training team have been working hard to get our Training Academy open and Covid Secure, and in a position to…

Government guidance on NHS Test and Trace


Who the guidance applies to

The guidance applies to hospitality businesses, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés. Importantly, the guidance does not apply to takeaway-only businesses. Where businesses offer a mix…

Hospitality businesses reopen in Northern Ireland


Hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland will reopen from today (Friday, 3 July) following the coronavirus lock-down.

Indoors, pubs and bars will have to primarily function as restaurants and offer substantial…

Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19


Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses…

Government announces £10 million for small businesses to kickstart tourism


Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package.

Communities that depend on tourism will receive a major boost from a…

Deliveroo riders will learn how to spot child abuse


Deliveroo riders will be trained to spot signs of child abuse to help identify those at risk who may be hidden due to lock-down.

The NSPCC will provide training for…

VITO UK introduced new hygiene steriliser to keeps air and surfaces germ-free


Vito UK is helping fish and chip shops stay safe with the new HyGenikx air and surface steriliser system.

The HyGenikx is an advanced and compact, wall mounted air and surface hygiene…

Energy Builds for the World’s Biggest Fish Finger Sandwich Zoom Call


With one week to go until the Fishermen’s Mission gather the most amount of people eating a Fish Finger Sandwich via a Zoom call, the energy and excitement is building.…

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