Here’s a round-up of the what’s caught our eye in the news this week.

Government offer further financial lifeline to hospitality

This week saw the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announce the doubling of the government’s wage subsidies in all sectors for workers forced to go part time under the new Job Support Scheme, which is set to replace furlough next week.

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KFC to hire 5,400 new workers

KFC has signalled confidence in its future by pledging to increase its workforce by 5,400 in the UK and Ireland by the end of the year. The fast food chain, which has already taken on 4,300 team members since lockdown, will be supported by the government’s Kickstart scheme – launched to create work for 16 to 24 year olds who are at risk of long term employment due to the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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Drinks Trust launches end of furlough grants

The Drinks Trust is offering 500 emergency grants of £250 to those in the trade experiencing financial hardship due to the end of the government’s furlough scheme. Depending on demand and donations to the charity, more may be made available in the coming weeks. To find out more about how to apply for the grant, click here. Businesses can support the scheme by emailing:

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Meetings in pubs allowed – or are they?

Calls have been made to get clarification from government and local authorities on whether or not people in Tier 2 are permitted to meet inside a pub, bar or restaurant for working lunches of up to 30 people. In Tier 2, groups of six from different households are still allowed to meet outdoors and gatherings of larger groups is illegal. However, Downing Street and local authorities last night suggested the rules can be bent if the meetings are for ‘work purposes’.

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