From today (3rd August), pubs, restaurants and cafes will offer half-price mid-week meals under the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which aims to boost the UK’s hospitality sector.

The scheme – which was launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help the sector to rebuild amid Covid-19 – will see savings at more than 70,000 venues, with a maximum saving of £10 per person.

All day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd August until 31st August 2020, venues can offer a 50 per cent discount, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks, which they can claim back from the government.

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme.

You can register to the scheme if your business was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7th July 2020, sells food for immediate consumption on the premises and provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals.

Catering services for private functions, hotels that provide room service only, dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises), mobile food vans or trailers and establishments that only offer takeaway food or drink are not eligible for the scheme.

To register to the scheme, you must have the Government Gateway ID and password for your business (if you do not have one, you can create one when you register), the name and address of each establishment to be registered – unless you are registering more than 25 – the UK bank account number and sort code for the business (only provide bank account details where a BACS payment can be accepted), and the address on your bank account for the business, which is the address on your bank statements.

Your VAT registration number, employer PAYE scheme reference number and Corporation Tax or Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference may also be required.

Registration will close on 31st August.

Applications that are based on dishonest or inaccurate information will be revoked.

For further information, click here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

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