Byron to go into administration in attempt to sell parts of burger chain

The private equity owners of the burger chain Byron are preparing to place the company into administration in the hope of attracting a bidder to buy parts of the business in a so-called pre-pack administration. Byron, which is majority-owned by Three Hills Capital Partners, filed a notice of intention on Monday to formally appoint administrators, […]

UK’s largest pubs group agrees lockdown ‘rent credit’ for tenants

The UK’s largest pubs group has agreed to help tenants pay rents following widespread criticism that the industry is leaving publicans in the lurch during the Covid-19 lockdown. Ei Group – formerly known as Enterprise Inns – has said that any of its more than 4,000 pubs that are not receiving government grants will get […]

Pubs fear disaster after being left out of plans to ease lockdown

Pubs face “devastation” after they were excluded from proposals to allow the hospitality industry to reopen in July, fuelling concern that nearly half could be driven out of business by Covid-19. In a speech outlining his roadmap for easing lockdown, Boris Johnson said “at least some of the hospitality industry” could be open again within […]

Brewers say failure to cancel beer duty threatens their survival

Brewers have been dealt a “devastating” blow after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, refused to cancel monthly beer duty payments, prompting warnings that thousands of jobs are at risk. Small breweries and trade bodies said the requirement for them to pay thousands of pounds in beer duty this month threatened their survival, given that off-licences and […]

BrewDog begins making hand sanitiser amid shortages in UK

The independent brewer BrewDog has begun making hand sanitiser at its distillery in Aberdeenshire amid shortages driven by coronavirus fears. The firm said it would be giving away the “punk sanitiser” for free to those that need it. BrewDog’s founder, James Watt, announced on social media that the company had started producing sanitiser to help […]