The Drinks Trust launches End of Furlough Grant Scheme

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

14 October 2020

The £250 grants are available to those experiencing immediate financial hardship as a result of the end of furlough

Qualifying individuals will have worked in the drinks industry sector, in any capacity of it, or within the hospitality industry with drinks, for one year full time or two years part-time, at any point in their career.

To find out more and to apply, go to drinkstrust.org.uk/end-of-furlough

Ross Carter, The Drinks Trust chief executive, said: ‘We want to reach out to those in the drinks and hospitality industry who have been hard hit, and have gone without the support of others.

‘Industries like ours, the drinks industry, risk being amongst those who go unseen by the public, despite having faced some of the most significant challenges in their careers in recent months.’

The furlough scheme will come to an end on 31 October and will be replaced with the Job Support Scheme, which was announced in September, alongside a VAT cut. Subsequently, the government announced support for hospitality businesses in the form of grants of up to £2,100 per employee per month and an increase in business grants of up to £3,000 a month for those forced to shut down due to coronavirus.

For many the help will not be enough to save their businesses and the jobs they provide, however, and so grants and initiatives such as this from charities will become a lifeline. If you are a business in a position to donate and support The Drinks Trust’s End of Furlough Grant, you can get in touch via: partnerships@drinkstrust.org.uk

  • We spoke to The Drinks Trust’s Ross Carter for Imbibe Live Online, part of Global Bar Week. You can see Carter as well as Camille Vidal of La Maison Wellness and Will Meredith of Lyaness on the panel talking about mental health in hospitality by registering via this link.

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