This is a shorter special edition of the podcast looking at how Kate and UK Hospitality are working hard to represent the UK hospitality industry, with a direct ear to the UK Government.
Kate and I have a wide ranging chat covering their early involvement in keeping the government abreast of how quickly the hospitality sector was being impacted as the coronavirus travelled at pace around the world. The sector was an early warning barometer of what was about to come to others, as occupancy rates and visitors to bars and restaurants dropped, long before they were told to close.
We also chat about the benefits of grants over loans speeding up the potential recovery once this is over, but how the lifting of a lockdown is not likely to be instantaneous, but a staggered release and what the impact of that may look like.
The potential impact of landlords working better with tenants to share responsibility for our recovery also crops up, and a of course a celebration of the incredible response of the hospitality sector in trying to help the NHS and local communities on a national level.