FWD has been in regular contact with Defra and The Treasury to explain the particular difficulties for wholesalers with high outgoings and low cash reserves. There is a severe threat to the solvency of foodservice wholesalers whose restaurant, pub and catering customers have closed. These businesses say the proposed loan arrangements will not suffice to keep them operational and they need direct grants immediately.
FWD members have submitted case studies, financial data and business modelling to help the Defra and Treasury officials with their response.
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme (which provides Government funding for a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, for food or non-alcoholic drinks eaten out every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020) also applies to workplace canteens. Guidance states: “The definition of an eligible establishment covers workplace and school canteens. The scheme discount can then be applied to food and drink that is sold to employees or students for immediate consumption on premises.” Businesses will need to register for the scheme
Guidance on the reduced VAT rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions has been published.