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Restaurants, are you making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

Restaurants, are you making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

If you’re an eating establishment, are you making the most of the new Eat Out to Help Out scheme for August? Who can register for the scheme and what spend is eligible?

Why should restaurants use the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

Using the Eat Out to Help Out scheme will encourage customers to eat in your restaurant or other eating establishment by giving them a discount which you can then claim back from the Government.

The scheme is UK-wide and customers will be able to see who’s taking part on GOV.UK. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is available Monday to Wednesday during August, which will drum up custom on these quieter days of the week, helping build up your business.

Expenditure eligible for the discount

The discount can be applied to food and/or non-alcoholic drinks purchased for immediate consumption on the premises, up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner (inclusive of VAT).

This includes soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are consumed on the premises. There is no minimum spend requirement.

Expenditure ineligible for the discount

The discount cannot be applied to the following items:

  • alcoholic drinks
  • tobacco products
  • food or drink that is to be consumed off-premises
  • food or drink that is sold as part of a private party, event or function taking place within an eligible establishment

Who can register for the scheme?

Establishments eligible for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. These include:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • public houses that serve food
  • hotel restaurants
  • restaurants and cafés within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
  • dining rooms within members’ clubs
  • workplace and school canteens

Are new businesses eligible?

If you’re a new business and have recently submitted an application to the Local Authority, providing you submitted your application to become a food business on or before 7 July 2020, you’ll be eligible to register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Am I too late to register?

It’s not too late to register. Registration for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme closes on 31 August 2020.

If you have any questions on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, please speak to your usual MHA Larking Gowen contact. You can find contact details on the Our People section of the MHA Larking Gowen website. Alternatively, call 0330 024 0888 or email enquiry@larking-gowen.co.uk.

Julia Dickens

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