Why you should use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
It will incentivise customers to eat in your restaurant or other eating establishment by giving them a discount which you can then claim back from the government. The scheme is UK wide and customers will be able to see who is taking part on GOV.UK. The scheme will drum up custom on quieter days of the week and means you can build your business back up. The scheme will run from 3rd to 31st August 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Establishments that are eligible for the scheme
You can register if your establishment:
This could include:
- sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
- provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
- was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July
You cannot register:
- public houses that serve food
- hotel restaurants
- restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
- dining rooms within members’ clubs
- workplace and school canteens
You can find out more about eligibility and how the scheme works here
- an establishment that only offers takeaway food or drink
- catering services for private functions
- a hotel that provides room service only
- dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
- mobile food vans or trailers
When you can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:
There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.
- all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
- to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
- to claim the money back from the government
Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
Registration will close on 31 August.
What happens after you’ve registered
- You’ll be registered instantly and will receive a registration reference number - you’ll need this when you claim the reimbursement.
- You can download promotional materials to help you promote the scheme and let your customers know that you’re taking part.
- You’ll be added to a list of registered establishments that will be available to the public.
- You should wait until you’re registered before you offer discounts to your customers. You cannot offer discounts before 3 August.
Click here for more information on registering for the scheme and making a claim.
VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions
The government made an announcement on 8 July 2020 allowing VAT registered businesses to apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to:
- hotel and holiday accommodation
- admissions to certain attractions
The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.
You can find all the details of the reduced VAT scheme here