Hospitality Ulster reacts to Dodd’s Business Support Scheme

Hospitality Ulster reacts to Dodd’s Business Support Scheme

Hospitality Ulster has reacted to the announcement by  Economy Minister Diane Dodds on the further detail of the Business Support Scheme for non-food serving pubs, Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster said “We welcome that the Economy Minister has now laid out the detail for the support scheme for our non-food serving traditional pubs who have been so severely impacted since the start of the pandemic.”

“The harsh reality is that since March last year, non-food traditional pubs have only been able to open for 23 out of a total of a potential 290 trading days and under severe restrictions at that. Those that have been able to survive this far have been lucky, many will never open their doors again.”

 Offset debt

“This grant funding will be used to offset debt which has accumulated over the months and months of closure. The cost of having the doors shut, no trade, but still having to keep businesses alive has had such a negative financial impact on owners.”

“We now need the department to waste no time in getting in contact with those who are eligible and get money out to as many as possible in the shortest space of time.”

Recovery plan

“The next step is the formulation of a recovery plan for the industry to make sure that those who survive these awful circumstances stand a fighting chance.”

13 March 2019, Mandatory Credit ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd