VAT cut and Eat Out to Help Out scheme welcomed

Caroline Roylance, owner of The George at Fordingbridge, in Hampshire says:
"We've opened the pub today (8th July) for the first time since 23rd March, so the Chancellor's announcement at lunchtime was timely.
"It's the best news we've had in four months.
"Since we closed our doors we've had no income, no Government support through grants and had to furlough 20 staff. We've tried to offer take away meals but the uptake was not enough to make it a viable option.
"We will definitely be applying for the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme, and the VAT reduction will help us make it through the next few months, because trade is unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels for some time.
"Saying that, it's been surprisingly busy today, which is encouraging, but it's still not July busy. It's a start though.
"People are getting used to the new normal and social distancing measures, and we are doing everything possible to ensure customers will feel safe when they do return.
"I'm hopeful that we will have our bustling local pub back again in a few months, and the VAT cut and discount meals scheme will certainly help get there."


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