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Free online giftcard tool, support for freelancers & a special Menu Matters
 
 
 
With information on Coronavirus and its implications incoming daily, we want to make sure our members make the most of the guidance in circulation.

We will be sending out our INNfocus newsletter more frequently over the coming weeks so you receive more of our support in these challenging times.
 
The Government is widely expected to release a new package of support measures to help the self-employed by the end of this week. The Money Show’s Martin Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert, has produced a video which looks at how the Government is considering the issue and what is likely to happen next.
 
Gift card platform Toggle has made its service free for operators for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown. Toggle has already been used to set up a free pizza delivery service for NHS workers in London, while restaurants and pubs switching to takeaway operations are setting up gift cards allowing users to ‘Pay it Forward’ for meals and groceries for those needing them. Any business can now access Toggle at usetoggle.com, using the promo code FUTUREFIT, to quickly set up a bespoke, branded gift card webshop free of charge.
 
For as long as Government advice allows, many pubs are now offering a takeaway or delivery service. BII Menu Matters, in partnership with Bidfresh, this month looks at some recipe ideas and advice for sites packaging food for home delivery or takeaway and also some examples of pubs that have successfully converted their operations to off-sales.
 
Following last week’s Government decision to close pubs, bar and restaurants, Cask Marque has issued a checklist for pubs and bars who need to shut down their cellar and bar areas. The checklist outlines the correct hygienic procedure you need to adopt so as not to risk damaging lines, or encouraging bacterial or fungal growth which could prevent you re-opening when the outbreak is over.
 
 
If you are closing your operation down completely there are a number of areas you need to hygienically clean to ensure the systems are not damaged and you don’t encourage an infestation of rodents or insects while you are closed. One such area is your postmix system. Britvic has produced a guide for operators for closures of up to eight weeks, with more guidance to follow if the situation continues beyond this.
 
 
 
 
 
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