United Kingdom footfall boosted by ‘Eat Out to Help’ Out scheme - Springboard

Marco Green
August 10, 2020

The second week of the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme gets underway today with early indications suggesting it has enjoyed some early success.

Hampstead and Highgate restaurants welcome Eat Out to Help Out scheme Any establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can sign up to the scheme, which is valid Monday to Wednesdays until August 31.

Footfall across United Kingdom high streets was boosted last week by the government's "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme, according to data released on Monday by retail analysts Springboard.

Springboard's data also showed an increase of nearly 10% during lunchtime trade on those days.

However, only participating businesses can offer the discount - find out which restaurants are signed up on our interactive map above.

No official figures have been released by the Treasury on the opening week of the scheme, but money app Yolt reported a 14 per cent increase in people eating out.

Springboard said that footfall across all United Kingdom retail destinations remained more than a third lower than in 2019, with a year-on-year decline of 34%.

It is hoped that staycationers will provide a lifeline to the wider hospitality industry, though some experts have questioned whether the dining discount scheme will take demand away during traditional busy periods, such as weekends. Between Monday and Wednesday footfall in retail destinations increased by 18.9% after 6pm, versus a 9.6% jump at lunchtime.

"As the scheme continues throughout August and more Brits enjoy staycations across the United Kingdom, time will tell if the government scheme provides the boost that retail destinations across the country require".

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