Local businesses urged to sign up to ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ - Lothian MSP Miles Briggs

Local businesses urged to sign up to ‘Eat Out to Help Out’

Edinburgh and Lothians restaurants, pubs, cafes and other establishments that sell food for consumption on-premises are being urged to sign up to the UK Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.

Businesses who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat or drink-in throughout August.

The scheme is open to businesses across the UK and can be used all day, Monday to Wednesday in August.

Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just remove the discount from their bill. Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HMRC.

The scheme is aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and is in addition to the reduction in VAT from 20% to 5% for tourism and hospitality businesses.

Businesses who sign up to the scheme will receive a window sticker and will be able to use promotional items such as posters and logos for social media.

Lothian MSP, Miles Briggs, said:

“During lockdown the hospitality industry has been one of the hardest industries due to necessary closures.

“This scheme can give the industry a real boost during August to help businesses get back on their feet again.

“The hospitality and catering industry supports a huge number of jobs in Edinburgh and the Lothians which rely on the sector doing well.

 “I encourage businesses across Edinburgh and the Lothians sign up to this scheme to attract more custom at the beginning of the week throughout August."

Businesses can sign up to the scheme here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme