COVID-19: Business as (un)usual

COVID-19: UK Pubs Are Leading The Way In Adaptation

02 April 2020
2 minute read

Emma McCarthy

With the official closure of pubs around the UK last month, it has been a difficult time for many, during this financially unpredictable period. Adapting to the current situation nationally and worldwide is important for businesses to continue trading. This is why a new initiative in the UK has been introduced allowing pubs to reopen under a new remit, thanks to the recent change in trade licensing and relaxed planning rules as a result of COVID-19.  

Pub groups Greene King, Admiral Taverns and St Austell have granted permission to their tenants and leaseholders to open grocery stores on their premises. Supplying essential food items through a click and collect service, these newly adapted grocery suppliers will reach local communities in a more efficient and accessible way than the larger supermarkets. This allows pubs to trade in a new way and also become champions within their own communities.  

Pubs looking to participate in this can register and avail of ‘food shop start-up kits’ directly from the e-commerce platform - which provides them with all of the essentials to sell.  The platform will operate on a non-profit basis and will donate any surplus revenue post operational costs directly to the NHS.  

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