Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – A scheme everyone should be using to get the hospitality sector back up and running

A sector that has been devastated by the Covid-19 virus and the lockdown restrictions has made many pubs, bars and restaurants be on the hands and knees struggling to stay open after four months of zero business.

However, the government released at the beginning of August the ‘Eat Out to Help Out” scheme in which customers can now go to restaurants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August and get 50% off their meals up to £10.

This has made a change for people who have previously been spending times within their own homes and with takeaways a popular option. That

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New Look seeking innovative rent cuts after finance deal as stores reopen

New Look, the struggling high street fashion chain, has launched a restructuring plan to cut rents and reduce its debt pile following a sharp drop in sales during the crisis.

The retailer has proposed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) to move its 496 shops to turnover-linked rents as part of a plan it said will safeguard 12,000 jobs. It has agreed a deal with banks and bondholders to recapitalise the business. However, the financing is contingent on the success of the CVA, which will require support from New Look’s landlords.

New Look began as a single fashion store in Taunton, Somerset, from which it has grown into a brand with nearly 500 outlets in the UK and Ireland. Its online business ships goods to around 66 countries generating about 20 per cent of sales.

Nigel Oddy, its chief executive, said the CVA was being launched “out of absolute necessity” due

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“Life after Journalism” webinar scheduled for next week

Chicago-based marketing and communications agency M. Harris & Co., the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Chicago Headline Club are hosting a webinar next Wednesday titled “Life after Journalism.”

In this 90-minute webinar, former Chicago Tribune managing editor Jane Hirt (now a marketing and communications consultant), former tech reporter Wailin Wong (now of Basecamp) and former Tribune, Post and Inquirer staff writer Kayce Ataiyero (now of the Joyce Foundation) will discuss how they found work they enjoy outside media.

They’ll talk about skills reporters own that are transferable — and coveted — outside the newsroom. They’ll discuss job options out there — in fields you might not expect — and provide a roadmap for those seeking life after journalism.

The panel will be moderated by M. Harris & Co. creative director Kevin Pang.

The link to register is  here.

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The top jobs that received over 1,000 applications each last month 

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “On average, our clients’ jobs receive around 25 applications per vacancy, so these figures really are massive. The job market has done a complete 180, so while companies may have struggled to recruit before the pandemic, they’re now being bombarded with applications from professionals who are desperate for a new job. Of course, this is good news for companies that are recruiting, but it does mean you need a robust hiring process which enables you to easily monitor applications, screen applicants and make the right hires; quickly and effectively. 

The findings reveal that 146 jobs on the CV-Library website received between 500 and 3,000+ applications in July 2020. 44 of them received between 500 and 600 applications, 26 between 1,001 and 2,000 and 26 of them between 601 and 700 applications. 

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