COVID-19: Where to find advice and support
During these challenging times it is vital that we all pull together and support one another as much as we can. You are not alone. Below are details of a number of organisations that can offer support and advice on a range of issues that may be concerning you at the moment.
The Government has set up a dedicated website that is regularly updated with latest legislation, tips and advice on COVID-19.
The FSB has set up a dedicated blog that has all the up to date information, advice and guidance from the Government that impacts small businesses across the UK.
Diageo has pledged £1m to support the drinks industry to help pubs and bars pay bartender’s wages up to a maximum of £600 per free trade outlet. Pubs and bars wanting to access the new fund should apply here.
Anyone working in the drinks trade will also be given an opportunity to attend a free online Diageo Bar Academy training course.
Pernod Ricard UK has partnered with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to offer free online training for hospitality professionals. 2,000 bartenders over the age of 18 will be able to sign up to take WSET Level 1 Spirits courses which will last approximately four weeks. To apply, click here.
Grant Thornton has set up a dedicated phone line to support licensed business owners on financial and legal matters: 020 7728 2556.
Portman Group has set up a blog that features alcohol charities, partnerships and industry bodies, to chart the experience of COVID-19 for the alcohol industry. They have also created an information hub that pulls together information about how Covid has impacted people’s drinking habits.
Hospitality Trade Associations
UK Hospitality are sending daily and weekly updates to all their members, with the latest Government updates and legislation that is impacting our industry. Don’t worry if you are not a member, the UK Hospitality website comprehensive information on all topics, not just COVID-19.
The BBPA has put together a comprehensive briefing on COVID-19 and how to access Government support.
The BII has just published an easy to understand guide: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQs.
CAMRA has partnered with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to launch #PullingTogether. This campaign aims to publicise innovative ways that pubs, breweries, cider makers and taprooms are staying afloat.
Pubs, brewers and taprooms can submit initiatives here.
Charities in the Hospitality Sector
Licensed Trade Charity (LTC)
The LTC has a free help phone line and online chat that is open 24/7 to help and support all licensed trade people, no matter what their circumstance.
LTC free help line: 0808 801 0550
LTC online chat
Hospitality Action has launched a Covid-19 grant scheme to help hospitality workers who find themselves struggling as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Hospitality workers can apply for a one-off grant of £250 per household to help them at this time of need.
To apply for the grant, you can fill in an online application here.
Other useful sites:
Six Till Six, the company that manages the Best Bar None scheme, can provide a range of tips, advice and suggestions for businesses.
United We Stand is a new campaign created by hospitality titles The Morning Advertiser, BigHospitality and Restaurant magazine. It will provide daily news and advice on a wide range of topics to help operators tackle the Coronavirus crisis. An advisory board of experts are on hand answer questions on aspects of employment law, health and safety, property, PR strategy and licensing. Send your questions to email@example.com.