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Takeaway Fatigue and Christmas Uncertainty

Lockdown one saw us grabbing a takeaway from our favourite cafes and restaurants, setting up camp in a park with people in our Covid bubble and enjoying a warm British summer. This lockdown feels a little different. With the weather far colder and wetter, people are opting to spend their time wrapped up indoors. And with job losses on the rise, we just don’t have that extra cash for a takeaway meal, when we could cook one ourselves at home.

This is becoming a big problem for businesses in the Hospitality Sector, particularly when many of them have spent time and money creating and marketing new lockdown takeaway menus and cook at home kits.

The Jersey Hospitality Association has come up with it’s own suggestion to combat the loss of income for the Hospitality Sector on the run up to Christmas. It’s asking businesses to give their staff vouchers, to be used at restaurants in the new year, in replacement of a Christmas party, in the hope that this creates income for local venues.

“This has been a devastating year for trading in our sector. We are conscious that it has also been a painful year for other sections of the economy, and this gives corporate businesses an opportunity to offer vouchers to their staff as a reward after a difficult year.” Simon Soar, Chief Executive of the JHA told ITV.

Whilst the novelty of the takeaway seems to have worn off, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Since the end of the Welsh firebreak lockdown, venues there have been fully booked since opening, and we can hope that this will be the case across England also. The problem comes as we get closer to Christmas. By now, venues would be well on their way to being booked up for Christmas Eve, Christmas day and of course, New years Eve, but with so much uncertainty over restrictions, people have been unable to make plans.  Some people have begun to get creative however, I recently spoke to a venue in Wales, planning to have a theme each hour as countries around the world welcome in the new year.

It’s clear that the UK Hospitality industry is a resilient one and it will not be going down with out a fight. A huge part of Christmas is spending it with friends and families, in the venues that we know and love. I am sure we will all be doing our bit to support them and booking a table as soon as we get some clarity from the Government on what we can and can’t do this festive season.

 


Mitchells & Butlers to close 20 sites across UK

44,000 people are employed by the Pub, Bar and Restaurant group Mitchells and Butlers, and it looks like some of those employees are going to become the latest victims of Covid job cuts.

It’s hard to walk around a city centre without seeing a venue owned by Mitchells and Butlers, names include Toby Carvery, All Bar One, Harvester and Miller and Carter and many more. These are all big favourites for many people, but that isn’t enough to secure their place in the post covid world. In September, the company announced a 35% fall in sales over the previous 6 months, this leading to their shares falling by a half.

Whilst 95% of their venues have already reopened post lockdown, the remaining venues are being reviewed on a case by case basis, and this week announced that twenty of its sites will not be reopening.

A spokesman for the firm said: “As announced in September, Mitchells and Butlers re-opened the vast majority of its estate, approximately 95%, after the first lockdown ended.

The remaining sites have been under review on a case-by-case basis since, taking into account factors such as expected footfall and business layout. We have taken the difficult decision not to reopen some of these sites and are working with leaseholders on next steps.”

 

How is the rest of the Hospitality Sector doing?

Not great. According to a study by software provider Forth, approximately half a million jobs have been lost in hospitality alone since January. People are keen to get out and support their local businesses, but with talk of lockdown extensions, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to do so.

One thing we can be certain of, is that we will all be looking at a very different hospitality industry as we move into the new year.


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