Friday October 30, 2020

If restaurateurs have to keep jumping through hoops, we simply won’t survive the pandemic

Comment: Though the Budget 2021 supports from the government for the hospitality industry are welcome, there is still a strong sense that more could have been done

18th October, 2020
Grants to erect more permanent outdoor structures would be incredibly positive and would certainly go towards creating a much-needed buzz in our urban centres. Picture: Eamonn Farrell/

Relief, rather than euphoria, was the general post-budget feeling in the hospitality sector last week, even if the usual over-used phrases and words – challenging, unprecedented, you spoke we listened – continued to be bandied about.

There is one cliché, however, that will be especially relevant in the coming weeks, and that is “the devil is in the detail”. Just how quickly and efficiently the supports that have been made available are actually distributed will...

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