£30,000 boost for New Forest’s ‘wet pubs’

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‘Wet pubs’ make less income from food than traditional pubs

MORE than £30,000 is set to be handed out to help so-called “wet pubs” in the New Forest, which get less of their income from food.

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A one-off £1,000 payment is being made available to the watering holes by the district council after it was greenlit by the cabinet member for finance, Cllr Jeremy Heron, as a response to the pandemic.

As of last Tuesday, 36 pubs had applied for the Christmas support payment – which is solely for establishments that derive less than 50% of income from sales of food.

To qualify, the premises must under normal times be open to the public, allow free entry, drinking without requiring food to be consumed, and permit drinks to be purchased at a
bar.

Businesses already in receipt of other restrictions support can receive the grant.

It is the latest tranche of help distributed by NFDC, which was handed £3.6m by the government. The pot is aimed at businesses not previously eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) that have been affected, but not necessarily closed, by national restrictions.

BCP Council was given £7.9m of help, which it decided to hand out in three separate tranches. It has now started Stream 2, which will award up to £2m comprising grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 to firms within the night-time economy, events, aerospace, travel and cultural industries.

The application process runs to 15th January, with payments made to successful applicants after the closing date.

Cllr Philip Broadhead, BCP deputy leader and holder of its economy portfolio, said the industries played a “vital role”.

He added: “Across our area these sectors employ over 18,000 people and in Bournemouth alone this generates an estimated £134m annual revenue for the local economy.”

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