New research published by hospitality and pub trade bodies in the UK shows the scale of the challenges facing these hard-hit businesses as they look to rebuild from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association and the British Institute of Innkeeping are all warning that the long-awaited easing of restrictions this week does not mark an easing of challenges for sector businesses.
Chief among these are major concerns around staffing, the supply chain and tapering of government support.
Furthermore, the current ‘pingdemic’, as a result of the NHS Covid app, means up to as many as a fifth of staff in the sector are isolating at any one time.
This is forcing operators to reduce operating hours or to close venues completely, threatening to derail recovery.
The survey of over 350 businesses operating tens of thousands of venues found that 100 per cent of businesses surveyed currently have vacancies; mainly front-of-house (84 per cent),…