As restaurants, cafes and pubs shut their doors temporarily across the UK the future for those in the hospitality sector appears, at best, uncertain.
All of us have heard the numbers on the news. The figures which state the number of employees on furlough. The likelihood of permanent closures. The potential for long-term decline in the sector.
But among those numbers, there are also stories of hope, of opportunity and of adaptation. Of pubs and restaurants embracing delivery, customers shopping local, and operators banding together to provide free meals to key workers.
What then does the future hold for the chefs, the catering staff, the chain managers and their businesses? What support do operators need? And what, if anything, can suppliers do to help?
We felt it was time to ask those at the forefront of the industry: the operators themselves.
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