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– Vaccination Minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed that Covid vaccination certificates will be required for entry to nightclubs and other mass venues in England from the end of this month. Zahawi said the planned introduction of so-called “vaccine passports”, announced back in July, would ensure the economy could stay open, but trade organization UKHospitality has warned the system would be “impractical” for operators and could create jobs Losses at a time when there is record shortage of staff across the industry. Details of when the plan will go into effect remain unclear, as does specifications about what other indoor spaces will require Covid vaccine certificates outside of the nightly economic spaces. Meanwhile, the Scottish government has been accused of ignoring concerns about hospitality to the country’s parliament Enforced plans to introduce “vaccine passports” for crowded venuesfrom the beginning of October.

– Tom Kerridge’s restaurant group announced a number of changes from the chef in its portfolio, With the chef saying the company is in a “really strong position to grow”. Tom De Keyser has been named the new Executive Chef of Kerridge’s flagship, The Hand and Flowers, two Michelin-starred pub in Marlow, replacing Jamie May, who will later become Executive Chef of the group’s The Butcher’s Tap and Grill, also in Marlow. De Keyser was previously the head chef at Kerridges’ Michelin-starred Marlow pub The Coach and has been with the chef for nine years. The Coach is now overseen by Sarah Hayward, who is moving to Marlow after previously serving as Head Chef at The Bull & Bear, Kerridge’s Manchester restaurant at the Stock Exchange Hotel; while Connor Black takes on the role of Head Chef at The Bull & Bear, changing from a joint role as Sous Chef at The Hand and Flowers and Head Chef at The Shed, the restaurant’s 10-seater private dining room.

– Corporate groups have warned The government’s plans to increase social security contributions and the dividend tax will dampen the entrepreneurship necessary for economic recoveryafter the pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week announced plans for a new health and welfare fee to pay for reforms and the NHS in England. The tax will be increased by 1.25 percentage points in social security for employees and employers from April 2022. From 2023 it will then become a separate tax on earned income that will appear on the employee’s pay slip. A tax on dividend income will also be increased by 1.25% from April 2022. The Prime Minister insisted that the new levy was “the sensible and fair approach,” despite violating an important obligation in the Conservative Manifesto. However, Suren Thiru, head of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) economics department, said the move could hurt hiring and entrepreneurship. He said: “Companies are firmly opposed to an increase in social security contributions as it will be a tie-in for employment growth at an absolutely crucial time.”

Restaurant spending plunged into positive growth in August for the first time since the pandemic broke out, Shows new data from Barclaycard, with another boost expected when office workers return. Spending on pubs, bars and clubs hit 43.4%, the highest growth in over 17 months as the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK led to a spike in spending. Overall, consumer card spending increased by 15.4% last month compared to the same period in 2019, with growth in all sectors except international travel. Restaurant spend was up 0.1% from August 2019, and as office workers adapt to new work and lifestyle patterns, growth is set to continue, according to Barclaycard.

– Chantelle Nicholson closes its Covent Garden Restaurant Tredwells after seven yearsAmid plans for a new restaurant project next year. The restaurant, which opened in 2014 and is geared towards sustainability, closes on September 24th. Nicholson opened Tredwells as part of the Marcus Wareing restaurant group in 2014 in an operational role and became sole owner of the business in 2018. Details on Nicholson’s new restaurant, which is slated to open in early 2022, will be announced shortly.

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