Coronavirus Rent Arrears

The Scottish Government has now fallen in line with the rest of the UK by giving legal protection to commercial tenants from eviction for up to 14 weeks if they fall into arrears with rent payments.

Face Shields

Food packaging supplier RAP has started producing face shields in response to demand for masks and shields for the NHS and those working in retail and manufacturing.   The shields cost 12 pence each and come with an adjustable strap.

For further details please contact

Loan Scheme Ceiling Removed

A government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by corona virus has been expanded to cover all viable firms.   Under the new scheme arrangements, all firms with a turnover of more than £45 million will now be able to apply for up to £25 million of finance, and up to £50 million for firms with a turnover of more than £250 million.  For details see the following link

New Immigration Guidance

The Government has published guidance on its new points-based immigration scheme.  The guidance outlines the structure of the scheme as previously proposed, with the salary threshold set at £25,600. Those who earn less than the threshold, but no less than £20,480, may still be eligible if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation. The shortage occupation list is currently under review with the Migration Advisory Committee due to respond by September of this year.    However, the Bill to introduce the new scheme looks as if it may be delayed going through Parliament as the Government is concerned not to be seen to be putting restrictions on lower skilled workers from abroad at a time when many are designated as key workers.  The guidance can be found HERE

Free Training, Webinars etc.

 Campden BRI has published a blog on food premises hygiene which can be freely accessed at

Another Campden BRI paper which is now available free covers how to establish a strong safety and quality culture within a food business, can be accessed here

Jim Winship


The Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Association

M: 07850 104034