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Hospitality Ulster calls on banks to provide interim support

Hospitality Ulster calls on banks to provide interim support

Hospitality Ulster Chief Executive Colin Neill has called on all NI banks to provide interest-free overdraft facilities until government money starts to flow, following a conference call with NI Finance Minister Conor Murphy on April 2. Neill painted a grim picture when he spoke to the Finance Minister, saying time... View Article

HU calls for government to expedite furlough payments

HU calls for government to expedite furlough payments

Hospitality Ulster is urgently calling for Government to bring forward the payment for furloughed staff, not due until the end of April, as time and cash runs out for shutdown hospitality businesses. “In normal circumstances, most small hospitality businesses only have two weeks’ cash reserves,” said Colin Neill, chief executive,... View Article

United Wines offers tips on responsible drinking during Covid-19

United Wines offers tips on responsible drinking during Covid-19

There is no doubting that many of us love that Friday feeling and satisfaction of popping open our preferred Pinot Grigio or exciting new craft beer when the working week is over and it’s time to relax. At present though, as we all come together to do what we can... View Article

Diageo pledges more than eight million bottles of sanitiser for frontline healthcare workers

Diageo pledges more than eight million bottles of sanitiser for frontline healthcare workers

World’s largest distiller in unprecedented global response in the UK, Ireland, Italy, the USA, Brazil, Kenya, India and Australia Pledge aimed at overcoming shortages to protect frontline healthcare workers Donation of alcohol is enough to produce more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser Diageo, maker of Johnnie Walker and... View Article

Bacardi helps produce hand sanitizers with change in production

Bacardi helps produce hand sanitizers with change in production

A shift in production by Bacardi at the world’s largest premium rum distillery is helping supply ethanol required to produce the much needed hand sanitizers that are in high demand as a result of COVID-19. The Bacardi Corporation distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico, where more than 80% of the company’s... View Article

Hospitality Ulster launches dedicated hotline for members

Hospitality Ulster launches dedicated hotline for members

Hospitality Ulster, in partnership with legal specialists MTB Solicitors, has established a dedicated hotline for members affected by Covid-19. The hotline, which can be accessed by calling 07736 284764, will provide members affected by Covid-19 with all the necessary legal guidance as they face many difficult challenges now and in... View Article

Guinness pledges €1.5m for communities across Ireland

Guinness pledges €1.5m for communities across Ireland

Guinness has announced the establishment of a €1.5m fund providing support to communities affected by COVID-19 in Ireland. The fund will see €1.2m go to support bar staff, alongside a further €300,000 to elderly vulnerable people through a partnership with ALONE, and its Befriending service. “We have been supporting the... View Article

Hospitality situation spiralling out of control amid Covid-19

Hospitality situation spiralling out of control amid Covid-19

Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector is now spiralling out of control, amid the impact of Covid-19, Hospitality Ulster has told the NI Assembly Economy Committee this lunchtime. “We now have a disaster on our hands,” said Colin Neill, chief executive, Hospitality Ulster. “This is an emergency situation. “Overnight thousands of jobs... View Article

Staff are immediate priority amid Covid-19 pandemic

Staff are immediate priority amid Covid-19 pandemic

In a joint statement today, Hospitality Ulster and ICTU have urgently called on government to bring forward an urgent package of measures to assist staff in the hospitality sector as serious impacts mount with the spread of Covid-19 The call comes as the hospitality sector has been hit first and... View Article