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Independent hospitality has arguably been the hardest hit across our sector, including indie restaurants, street food/mobile caterers, wedding & function caterers, independent cafes, restaurants and bars. With half of the sector reliant on outdoor events such as festivals and everyone working to reduce capacities, many have not worked profitably since Autumn 2019.

A lack of clarity and confidence about reopening fully in time for the summer season is causing major concern for businesses across the supply chain. For months and months we have been left out of government grants and other financial support measures gifted to so many other sectors. We want to contribute and we want to thrive again, but to do so we will need the help of government; help to trade and enough working capital to get us to the starting line.

We’re calling on the government to support our sector and #EmpowerIndependents

Twelve months on from the Covid-19 temporary Budget announcement, our sector is still repeatedly being left out in the cold. We pledge to continue the fight for the independent hospitality sector and your livelihoods; to demonstrate to government that with the right financial support, the independent food & drink sector can not only survive but flourish. We need you to help us collect the data, responses and evidence required to get our voices heard and together, we are positive we can succeed. 


For mobile, street food, festival & event caterers:

For independent bricks & mortar catering businesses:

To open with the rest of the economy OR be fully supported if we can not re-open at pre-Covid-19 capacities

This means:


Collectively, we must convince the government that with their help, the independent food sector can not only survive but flourish – but we need your help.

Now is the time to play your part in the battle. The indie food & drink sector must prevail, but we need everyone to get on board in order to get our voices heard. Remember, individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean. Join us in creating a tidal wave of attention for our great sector that the government will be hard pressed to ignore.

We need you to engage your local politicians write to your MP about your situation – we’ve created a template for you to use

Write to your council Use our template letter & write to your MP

We need data – that means we need you to fill in our form & survey to tell us your experience with grants / what you need to survive and when you need it by.

Your grant experience? Complete the survey
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We need case studies and images – what do you need from government? How has your year gone? Email us – include images of your food and unit if you can!




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