Thou­sands join half-price restau­rant voucher scheme af­ter reg­is­tra­tion opens

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - writes Hannah Ut­t­ley.

◆ Tens of thou­sands of pubs and restau­rants are ex­pected to have signed up for the Chan­cel­lor’s “eat out to help out” scheme af­ter it opened for reg­is­tra­tion yes­ter­day, UKHospi­tal­ity said it had re­ceived en­quiries re­lated to the scheme from 244 of its mem­bers, which col­lec­tively have tens of thou­sands of out­lets be­tween them. Kate Ni­cholls, chief ex­ec­u­tive of UKHospi­tal­ity, said the trade body had been over­whelmed by the num­ber of firms telling it that they would par­tic­i­pate, adding: “All the ma­jor chains are plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate.”

Restau­rants and pubs reg­is­tered will be able to of­fer half-price meals, up to a max­i­mum dis­count of £10, ev­ery Mon­day to Wed­nes­day through­out Au­gust. The ini­tia­tive will cost £500m and is part of Rishi Su­nak’s drive to en­cour­age spend­ing.

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