Will Government Scheme Have a Lasting Impact?

According to a poll of business leaders, only one third of hospitality businesses in the UK believe that the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) scheme will boost consumer confidence and encourage return to eating beyond its month long duration.

The research of 250 leaders across pubs, independent restaurants and QSR businesses found that 24 percent of operators believed the scheme was likely to encourage trade into the autumn, with only nine percent saying it would ‘definitely’ be boost to business.

In contrast, 24 percent of leaders also said that they believed the scheme was unlikely to have any impact beyond this month. Just over a third were undecided.

The results come as a number of restaurant businesses have announced that they will offer their own similar form of EOHO discount beyond the month the Government scheme is on offer. Many hospitality businesses have called on the UK Government to extend the scheme but no decision has been made yet.