Holme Valley Review, September 2020

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Thousands support scheme By Josh Timlin

THOUSANDS of Holme Valley residents supported local restaurants last month and helped pump muchneeded cash back into the local economy as part of a government scheme to boost the struggling hospitality industry, new figures have revealed. The scheme – dubbed Eat Out to Help Out – took place for the full month from Monday to Wednesday in a bid to boost diners’ confidence and in turn boost restaurants’ coffers after they were forced to close in March. A total of £424,000 was pumped back into the Colne Valley constituency’s economy, according to a government report, with 101 restaurants taking part in the

scheme, with some opting to extend their own 50 per cent discounts this month due to its success. According to figures, 61,000 people claimed discounted meals out, which has helped inject vital cash into the borough’s struggling economy. Another 63,000 more were claimed in the neighbouring Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency, the report revealed, but calls have been made for the government to extend the scheme in the same way as it did with workers’ furlough. Coun Andrew Cooper said additional lockdown measures – which residents and businesses in the Holme Valley had to adhere to – somewhat impeded the success of the project. “These restrictions have

prevented people from different households, friends and work colleagues meeting up to in pubs and restaurants unlike the rest of the country,” he said. “The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, while not perfect, was meant to provide a stimulus to the hard-hit hospitality sector. “Additional restrictions were another big blow to many of these businesses. “I am asking the Chancellor to extend the scheme to give businesses in our region extra time to recover. I’ll be asking leaders of other political groups on Kirklees Council to back my proposal and I will be making contact with other councils asking for their support as well. “It would be unfair for these northern areas to suffer

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disproportionately due to government restrictions and so a call for an extension for another month is a perfectly reasonable ask.” Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Miriam Cates said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped out - a total of 63,000 meals were claimed in our constituency. “Eat Out to Help Out was designed to support the hospitality industry after a challenging few months because of coronavirus. “Data shows bookings increased by an average of 52 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019. “Please do continue to support our local hospitality industry.”

A new logo has been designed for Holmfirth Tech. Lois Iredale (pictured above) of Lois Creative has won the £500 competition to design a logo and create a brand identity for Holmfirth Tech. Full story on page 11

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