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British business disrupted from the dubbed ‘Pingdemic’

A record number of people who have come into contact with an infected individual are being forced to self-isolate, whereby most have been ‘pinged’ by the NHS contact-tracing app. Having already produced significant disruptions for many SMEs and critical services already, the “Pingdemic” threatens to undermine the efforts of the country and it’s 6 million SMEs it inhabits who have tried to keep afloat over the past 16 month.

National Food Strategy Could Strike a Blow to Bespoke Food Businesses

The National Food Strategy Plan, led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, has stated that the food industry exploits our nation’s poorest, as fast food and high-food products are typically more affordable and more readily available to those on a strict budget. The report has advised the government to hike taxes on ingredients like salt and sugar; this would inevitably raise production costs and market prices, discouraging people from turning to the high-calorie foods like confectionary and cheese.

Indoor Hospitality Sector Comes Back To Life As More Lockdown Restrictions Are Lifted

The hospitality industry jumped for joy today as it was announced that indoor venues are now allowed to welcome people back through their doors. Restaurants, pubs, and bars are no longer restricted to outside-only service and can now serve their patrons without curfews, though guests do need to remain seated when eating or drinking and establishments need to enforce table service only when ordering or paying.