Covid-19 winners and losers: the food business

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Duration: 7:55AM - 9:00AM

Status: Completed

Despite the boost from Rishi Sunak’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer, the restaurant sector has been amongst the biggest commercial casualties of lockdown. Pizza Express, one of a number of ‘casual dining’ brands which were already struggling before the virus hit, announced the closure of 73 restaurants, and hundreds of independent businesses, London’s somewhat notorious Cereal Killer Cafe amongst them, will not be reopening their doors. Meanwhile, home delivery services have boomed – Just Eat saw orders up 33% yr on yr in May. What happens now for food business owners across the UK?

Editor: Ceri Thomas, Editor and Partner, Tortoise


Our invited experts include:

Kate Nicholls, CEO, UK Hospitality. Kate Nicholls is CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector. In July 2019, Kate was appointed Chair of the Tourism Alliance, the membership organisation for the tourism industry comprising of leading trade associations/trade bodies within the sector.

Thomasina Miers. Thomasina is a cook, writer and television presenter. She is the co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.

Prince Cofie Owusu, known as Shakka, launched Trap Kitchen in 2016 from his mum’s flat on a housing estate in Camberwell serving more than 200 meals a night and earned up to £10,000 a week. With more than 125,000 followers online, an appearance on the BBC’s Million Pound Menu in June, Trap Kitchen counts Stormzy and A$AP Rocky, and Leomie Angel Anderson as fans.