HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out

The registration process for restaurants, pubs and cafes to sign up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is now open.

The Eat Out to Help Out registration page went live yesterday morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join the scheme that had previously been announced by Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

As reported in our previous article here, restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in. The scheme is open to eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August 2020.

A searchable restaurant finder tool will be available to the public before the scheme launches on 3 August and registered businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are using the scheme and can download promotional items from GOV.UK.

Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just remove the discount from their bill.

Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and, for businesses struggling with cashflow, the Chancellor has promised that businesses will be paid back into their bank accounts within five working days.

Who can register?

You can register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme if your establishment:

  • sells food that is intended for consumption on the premises when purchased
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • has registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

How to register:

Businesses can register to be part of the scheme online at GOV.UK.  A searchable restaurant finder tool will be available to the public before the scheme launches on 3 August.

Help available to businesses online, including:

  • Guidance on how to register and make a claim is on GOV.UK
  • Free live webinars which will explain how the scheme works, provides examples and allows you to ask questions
  • YouTube video explaining how the scheme works
  • Webchat service
  • Dedicated helpline for restaurants [0300 322 9429] available 8am until 4pm Monday to Friday
  • Free downloadable promotional assets to help businesses promote the scheme

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