Bank holiday Monday was the last day that you could have took part in the government’s incredibly popular ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, which was created to encourage people to go out and support independent businesses. The scheme – offering diners up to 50% off – has been a great success for many business owners with over 64 million meals claimed according to the UK treasury.
The popularity of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme continuously grew throughout August, with bookings increasing on a weekly basis. So far, 87,000 claims have been made by participating businesses, which was announced at the start of June by chancellor Rishi Sunak. If you’re not sure on how to claim, check out our handy guide and five minute video on how to process your claim.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said recently, after questions about prolonging the scheme into September, “The scheme reminded us why we as a nation love dining out and I urge diners to maintain the momentum to help continue our economic recovery.” Around 77% of people who took part in a survey by YouGov would support an extension for the scheme to be continued throughout September. Some operators such as Oakman Inns and Star Pubs and several independents have decided to continue their own version of the scheme, hoping that the increased footfall will result into repeat business throughout the year.
With the Eat Out to Help Out coming to an end, Deliveroo have decided to launch their own discount scheme to support independent businesses. Customers will be able to claim a discount every week from their favourite takeaways. The food delivery platform has launched their new promotion after the government scheme has, giving customers £5 off their bill when spending over £20 on your order. The promotion will continue from Monday to Wednesday again throughout the month of September.
There will be a unique different code for each week of September. It can be claimed by placing orders over £20 between Monday and Wednesday.
2. ‘EATIN2’ between 7 and 9 September
3. ‘EATIN3’ between 14 and 16 September
4. ‘EATIN4’ between 21 and 23 September
5. ‘EATIN5’ between 28 and 30 September
New customers using Deliveroo will also be able to claim free delivery for the first 14 days. Over more than 16,000 restaurants will take part in the discount scheme which has been praised by Rishi Sunak.
Greene King have pledged and signed a new five year contract with the Prince’s Trust to create 1,000 job opportunities for young people from the BAME community. Their aim is to increase diversity on their workforce from currently 24% to 40% people from different ethnic backgrounds. Greene King is increasing their support after already donating £20,000 at the start of the COVID pandemic to the Young Persons’ Relief Fund.
Greene King CEO Mackenzie wants to build towards a more diverse workforce. “The young people we recruit into our business today will be the business leaders of tomorrow and so it is vital that we address the diversity imbalance across our business and create opportunities that encourage young people from BAME communities to join us.”
“We are committed to developing an ambitious programme on diversity, particularly focussing on welcoming colleagues into Greene King from BAME communities and we will be updating with more detailed plans in the coming months.”
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