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THE ROADMAP TO WHERE: Could a reduction in beer duty help hospitality get back on it’s feet?

Sam from ‘The Pineapple Club’ in Birmingham explains how he’s preparing his business to re-open once lockdown eases

Many businesses, especially in the hospitality sector - are still figuring out how they will be allowed to open post lockdown -From 12th April in England, the rule of six will come into place in outdoor settings to enjoy a cool pint - but what about those who simply have no outdoor space at all? Meet Sam...

Speculation continues ahead of the budget on the third, with the prospect of Beer duty being cut in pubs whilst raised in supermarkets to encourage people to go out after the lockdown ends is something Boris Johnson has hinted at.

The prime minister said that the proposal was an “extremely good” one and suggested that the government was “looking closely” at its options.

Like so many independents, Sam and his team haven’t been alone in the problems they faced - they’ve collaborated with a number of other in the area to find new ways of operating during the pandemic.

Last year, over 84,000 businesses signed up to reap the rewards of the treasury’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, whilst more than 130,000 subsidised meals claimed.

This was at a cost of over £522m - and there’s talk of its return.


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