Scotch Whisky Distillers Gift £50k To Ailing Hospitality Industry

Scotch whisky distillers have donated a further £50,000 to help the hospitality workers in Scotland who have been impacted by the lockdowns and pub, restaurant, and bar closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on 4 January that Scotland would be entering another strict lockdown from midnight as the new variant of coronavirus had already accounted for half the new cases in the country, according to The Caterer.

While Scottish hospitality businesses were already closed due to the pandemic and the level 4 restrictions, this will continue to be the status quo until at least February.

The Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society (The BEN) and the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) will receive £25,000 each of the bequest made by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) on behalf of all its members.

The donation is, in addition, to support already provided by SWA member companies throughout the year.

The Scottish hospitality industry was served a severe blow to their already ailing finances with being forced to close during Hogmanay, a key period for revenue, leading Scottish Labour to call for extra support from Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing, the government minister responsible for hospitality, reports The Scotsman.

The BEN offers financial, social and emotional support to people of all ages who have worked in the licensed and hospitality trade. Over the past nine months, the help it has given has included one-off grants to pay bills and buy food and other essentials.

HIT Scotland provides opportunities for people working and studying in the hospitality sector in Scotland to broaden their skills.

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