Saturday’s announcement, though not wholly unexpected, has further devastated our already fragile pub sector. The Job Support Scheme, which had already been altered several times before its launch, has now been put on hold as we head into the second lockdown, from Thursday 5th November.

The work that we have done as part of the One Voice group of trade and industry bodies will continue in earnest, as we collectively do everything we can to ensure Government is in no doubt about the urgent requirement for further financial support for pubs and the wider hospitality sector and supply chain.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken your voices to Government, showcasing not only the huge levels of employment and revenue that pubs generate, but also the incredible social value that they bring as the hubs of our communities.

We must, and will do everything in our power to protect the unique heritage of our pubs and your livelihoods.

We have today written to the Chancellor with the essential asks to ensure, not only our survival over the next 4 weeks, but also for a clear and comprehensive roadmap for the recovery of our sector and the country over the next 6 months and beyond.

Your BII Team have been working hard to ensure we have help and guidance in place for you over this further period of uncertainty. The Coronavirus Advice section on our website has been updated with a Winter Lockdown page, which we will continue to develop, as and when more information becomes available.
As part of this, we have created a step-by-step guide to the furlough scheme extension which you can access below, including an updated Furlough Template, updated our Positivity Posters to reflect your takeaway and delivery services, and will be collating expert advice from our Trusted Partners to help you navigate the many challenges that the rest of 2020 will bring.
Your BII Team are moving back into remote working once more, but will all be on hand throughout the lockdown period, answering queries, providing access to our expert helplines and getting clear, actionable information to you when you need it.

We know how desperate times are for you, the people at the heart of pubs, and whilst all of the support we provide is at the core of why the BII exists, we also believe wholeheartedly that it is our duty and privilege to share the best practice from across our industry.

Our Heart of the Community Award is our way of sharing the incredible spirit of pubs and you, the people who make them so special.

We had already made the decision to extend this recognition programme until the end of 2020, and our focus will be on celebrating the good deeds of as many pubs as possible, showing the whole of the UK just what our industry does for their local communities and how lost they would be without the pub at the heart of them.

You have had to adapt and overcome so much for your businesses, customers, teams and families and we know that for some licensees, the latest lockdown without additional financial support could be the last straw. We will continue to fight for you, to ensure that you can make it through to Spring to be able to see the green shoots of recovery after the bleakest of winters.

Steven Alton


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