“At the upcoming Budget we’ll outline the next stages of our plan for jobs to support businesses and families across the UK. That has been our priority throughout the past year and it will be the priority for the year to come.”
Re-opening Is Just The Start of Challenges
This is all well and good, but apart from the heartbreaking, (it is for me as a frequenter of many pubs, bars and clubs in 46 years), waste of drink, the continuing daily changes of ‘if, when, maybe’ you’ll re-open at this point is leaving many landlords who are also small business owners effectively, dangerously close to collapsing because of income versus overheads.
Undoubtedly the British public will flock back to UK hospitality when it’s allowed to do so, but it will also have ‘newer’ challenges to deal with and could only be a short-term boost to the industry. As a public we have bought 40% MORE alcohol from Supermarkets, as well as an increase in take-aways, home cooking and entertaining at home, (when we were allowed to). As unemployment increases and the economy rises out of it’s slumber, the cost of ‘going out’ will begin to play a part. Add to that social-distancing measures, capacity, empty towns and cities because of High Street collapses, the industry will have to learn and overcome fast to avoid a catastrophic collapse for many hard working small business owners.