me&u July Wrap Up: 5 headlines from the hospitality industry last month

July was a big month for hospitality around the globe! Check out me&u's roundup of the key headlines and news from the industry below.

$180m to be awarded to Texas Business Owners in newly announced grant program

As part of the newly offered Texas Travel Recovery Grant Program, $180 million will be used to provide businesses with funds in order to accelerate the recovery of Texas businesses in the hospitality sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of eligible businesses including those in the travel, tourism, and alcohol sectors will be able to apply for the grant through The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism.

The Good News: the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee gives hospitality businesses the boost it needs

Growth in like-for-like sales at Britain’s top pub groups has recently exceeded 9% following the two bank holidays, in spite of the continued rise in inflation. Industry experts advise that slowly but surely the industry is making a slow return to normality, with data showing that consumers who have been opting for delivery services and takeaway are returning to in-venue dining.

It’s a good time to kickstart your career in hospitality with fee-free courses from the NSW Government

The Kickstart Your Career Program from the NSW Government aims to alleviate labour shortages and provide clear pathways for people looking to enter the hospitality industry and build their career. By providing free training, applicants can access onsite training and valuable skills from placements within the hospitality sector.

A series of new legislation in the UK aims to provide much needed relief for hospitality sector

An extension to al fresco dining licences, takeaway alcohol laws, and an introduction of new tipping laws are all set to allow hospitality businesses to continue on the path to recovery following a gruelling two years of lockdowns and restrictions. Businesses can continue allowing customers to dine outside on public spaces outside trading grounds, as well as continue selling alcohol with takeaway and delivery orders in an effort to boost sales and growth. 

Social enterprise launches new program to continue empowering women in hospitality

Social enterprise, Two Good, takes up new residency at Yirranma Place to further their offerings of food training and service to strengthen their relationship with the hospitality sector. Now, not-for-profits are able to work alongside Two Good, who will continue to provide catering and concierge services to these organisations.

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