Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury restaurants and cafes urged to register for ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme

13th July 2020

Food establishments in Salisbury are being urged to register for the government’s 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme.

Last week, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new discount scheme to encourage people to support hospitality businesses that have been majorly impacted by the coronavirus lockdown.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see participating businesses offer a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks (up to a maximum of £10 per person), all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd to 31st August 2020.

Businesses must register here to join the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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

Businesses will be able to claim the money back from the government on weekly basis. HMRC will pay eligible claims within 5 working days.

Businesses can register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme if the establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7th July

Takeaway only establishments, mobile food vehicles and event/function catering services cannot register for the scheme.

Once businesses have registered to be a part of the scheme, businesses can download promotional materials to let their customers know they’re part of the scheme.

Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, said: “This is a fantastic scheme launched by government and we hope it will help businesses start making positive steps towards recovery. We’re encouraging all Salisbury businesses with a dining area to take advantage of the scheme by registering to be part of it.

“Businesses can also apply to Wiltshire Council for a temporary pavement licence to put tables and chairs outside their premises. This scheme will also support hospitality businesses by allowing them additional space to increase customers and trade, whilst promoting social distancing.”

Businesses can apply for a temporary pavement licence here.