Of the 308 businesses polled, 57% of said they managed to open on the 4 July. Respondents reported mixed trading on the weekend itself, with 29% saying that they were ‘busy’ and 31% saying trade was quiet.
However, almost half of businesses that did open (48%) said that trade during the opening weekend ‘met expectations’.
The vast majority of restaurant businesses experienced no issues with either local authorities or the police before reopening on 4 July,
Asked whether they had difficulties with either, 93% of operators across pubs, independent restaurants and food to go operations said they had not. Only 35% said they had been contacted by the local authorities and 31% by the police in advance of reopening.
When asked how confident they were in the future, 57% expressed a level of confidence with 11% said they were ‘confident’ about the future, with 42% saying they were only ‘quite confident’. Just 3% said they were ‘very confident’ about the future for their business.
This is down from 68% who were asked the same question a fortnight ago.
This week’s poll was taken before the Government announced the cut in VAT to 5% for hospitality businesses as well as its eating out discount scheme.