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Winter Economy Plan will not stop jobs being lost in hospitality

Sales have continued to decline following the 10pm curfew with like-for-likes down 21.2% compared with the week before it was introduced,

According to S4labour, the online labour-scheduling management system from Catton Hospitality, like for like sales are down 21.2% on trade before curfews were put in place for the hospitality sector.  Food sales fell 19.1% and drink by 23.2% on the fortnight before. London has been the worse hit with a 38.4% decrease in sales when compared with last year, whereas there has only been a 5.2% decrease in the rest of the country. S4labour also said it was worth noting roughly 10% of sites are still yet to open after lock-down measures were introduced. Chief product officer Richard Hartley said: “This level of decline is unprecedented and worrying for the industry, although the weather may have played a part. As the curfew has been introduced, diners and drinkers will start to head out earlier, as a closer look at sales shows a larger proportion of sales came in earlier.”

Not surprisingly more than 50% of late-night businesses, such as night clubs and bars have seen a further 60% drop in revenue since the curfew was implemented, The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said that 60% of businesses have started to make people redundant.

The Winter Economy Plan is not enough to support the sector according to the research with just under 50% of businesses saying that they will be making more than 60% of their workforce redundant due to reduced support and the current restrictions. NTIA chief executive Michael Kill said: “Our sector must not be under-valued, we need to challenge the government when restrictions result in the systematic closure of an entire Industry. In the coming weeks, without further support, we are facing a catastrophic collapse, which will see thousands of businesses and jobs lost.”

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Once a proposal is made and the creditors agree to have some of their debt paid back over time then the mechanism can allow big costs to be cut. 

  • Employees can be made redundant at no cost to the company
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In addition, the directors have full control of the company, unlike in administration, which almost always results in less return to creditors and a much smaller business if it is sold.

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