Pub industry calls for reopening of the sector as sales halve

Prominent figures within the beer and pub industry are calling upon the Government to reopen pubs with non-essential shops when lockdown ends, as they are an indispensable contributor to the economy. 

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Government urged to extend COVID business support measures

The Government is being urged to extend emergency coronavirus support in the upcoming Budget with a recent study warning that businesses face a £50 billion shortfall when the support measures end in April 2021.

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Online sales tax proposal for Autumn Budget

The UK Treasury is considering online sales tax for retailers such as Amazon, Asos and Ocado, after a drastic increase in online shopping and the current “uneven system”, has caused many in-store retailers to be at a disadvantage.

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COVID-19: Payment holidays on credit cards, car finance and personal loans extended

Payment holidays on credit cards, car finance, personal loans and pawned goods have been extended following the Government’s announcement of a second lockdown from Thursday 5 November.

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Commercial property: Retail rental arrears could rise to £2 billion after third-quarter payment deadline

According to research, retail rent arrears could total over £2 billion following the third-quarter payment deadline this week.  

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Empty high street shops reach highest level for more than six years

According to the new figures, the number of empty high street shops has risen to the highest level for more than six years following a wave of store closures as a result of the pandemic.

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More businesses given green light to reopen as lockdown restrictions relax

Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers will be allowed to offer all “close contact” services from Saturday as lockdown measures relax, it has been announced.

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Chancellor considers online sales tax for e-commerce retail sector

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is considering the introduction of a new sales tax for the online retail sector in a bid to help the struggling high street compete with the e-commerce sector.

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Only a quarter of eligible businesses registered for ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme

According to the latest figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), only a quarter of eligible businesses in the hospitality sector have signed up to the new ‘Eat out to help out scheme’.

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High Streets Task Force launches to provide “invaluable advice” to businesses affected by COVID-19

A new package of support will help high street businesses “get back on their feet” following the coronavirus lockdown, the Government has said.

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One in 10 firms unable to reopen safely under current guidance, study reveals

One in 10 firms are unable to open safely under the Government’s current health and safety guidance, a major study has revealed.

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