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Hubbard’s helpful hibernation tips for Scotsman ice machines

Important information allows you to shut down your equipment safely until you need it again

Hubbard Systems has created documents explaining the process of safely decommissioning the Scotsman range of ice makers to help businesses affected by the shutdown protect their equipment until it is able to be used again.

Any equipment that processes water needs to be maintained at peak standards of hygiene to protect against contamination. Leaving a machine unused for extended periods with water in the system allows bacteria and microbes the opportunity to grow.

How to keep your team motivated and productive in self-isolation

Ok, so we’re more than a week into self-isolation and the novelty is starting to wear off. Around the world, videos of people using sock puppets to eat cars and singing together from their balconies are going viral. 

But beyond the laughs and catchy content, there’s a serious question for businesses about how to keep employees motivated and run effective virtual meetings and activities with their teams, so they can still make progress while working from home. Here are a few tips to help. 

No matter what your business does, communication with your people is key right now.


Award-winning Tomatin Single Malt are set to host the Lockdown Whisky Festival alongside industry leading whisky brands

Tomatin Single Malt will be hosting the world’s first Lockdown Whisky Festival this April, alongside an array of whisky brands including Glen Moray, Arran and BenRiach, with a view to bringing enjoyment to the general public and the whisky industry which, like many others, has faced event cancellations and postponements in recent weeks.

How to work from home and maximise your day

Around the world, millions of people are working now from home every day — for a longer period than ever before — as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. While we follow the advice of medical and scientific experts and authorities, Holly Samimi, our superstar Head of Engineering Operations has some helpful hints for how to make everyday count… from your couch! 

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never worked from home for longer than a few days tops. While workplaces are making the sensible decision and following advice by asking people to work from home for the next little while, staying connected and staying motivated will be a challenge.

So here are a few things I am doing to keep making progress on essential work, while staying in touch with my team and keeping safe as countries like mine, Denmark, shut down.

Government support for businesses during COVID-19

The scenes in London and around the UK at the moment are unlike anything many of us have seen before. The rapidly-changing situation of COVID-19 means Governments and agencies are constantly updating and reviewing advice and support, especially for the health and safety concerns of people. Sometimes this barrage of information is confusing and it can be tough to get your head around the details of what’s available. 

So while we always recommend you get in touch with your local authority to get specific information and advice, here are some measures you should consider when seeing if Government assistance can help you, writes Planday’s Director — Customer Success for the UK and Ireland, Brett Smith. 

Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits Launches Virtual Tip Jar to Support the On-trade Community

Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits, makers of award-winning field-to-glass gin and vodka, has launched a Virtual Tip Jar to support the on-trade in the face of these unprecedented times. The initiative, called ‘Ramsbury & Friends’, will enable consumers to buy drinks vouchers for their favourite bar, restaurant or pub, with Ramsbury matching every pound spent as a tip for that venue.

Consumers will be able to purchase Ramsbury drinks vouchers for a bar of their choice through, which can be redeemed once the bars re-open and are valid until 31.12.2020. The value of the vouchers will be matched with a donation of equal amount by Ramsbury Single Estate Spirits*.

Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I launches programme to support on-trade during Covid-19 closures

Today, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, a proud part of AB InBev, launches Save Pub Life, a new programme to help communities support their local pub during the Covid-19 closures,

Last Friday, the almost 40,000[1] pubs and bars operating in the UK closed their doors as part of the measures announced to contain the spread of Covid-19. The industry is facing uncertainty during this period, and some establishments risk permanent closure.

Produced In Kent Launches New Microsite Only 48hours After “Lockdown” Is Announced

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Help Kent Buy Local is a campaign set up by Produced in Kent to support and promote the many independent local businesses working incredibly hard to grow, produce, prepare, sell and deliver food and drink to the Kent community during the Covid19 crisis.

The new website is live today, showing customers which local food and drink businesses are still operating. All businesses can list their services on the site for free.

Self-Care Deliciously During Isolation with Conscious Chocolate

With so much uncertainty right now, and with more of us spending time either working from home or looking after our children, self-care is paramount and Conscious Chocolate are at hand; vegan, rich with minerals and phytonutrients and providing the most deliciously decadent way to indulge.



The hospitality industry is experiencing unprecedented times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected us all in some way.  As part of the Cobra Collective’s ongoing mission to provide support to the hospitality industry, Lord Bilimoria will be hosting a live IGTV stream from 12pm until 1pm this coming Friday 27 March in order to help fellow industry members navigate these turbulent times.

Introducing ‘The Jessica’ by Sleepeezee

Market leading British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder Sleepeezee is proud to announce the launch of its new mattress The Jessica named in honour of its new brand ambassador, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Expertly designed to promote healthy sleep and provide the ultimate in comfort and support, The Jessica features a combination of 1800 pocket springs and memory foam technology. This technology not only adjusts to the natural contours of your body, but aids in equalising pressure and reduces the effect of allergens – giving an overall healthier night’s sleep.

BiKBBI confirm new Apprenticeship Partnership

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is delighted to announce an innovative strategic partnership with the End-Point Assessment (EPA) Organisation, Achieve+Partners.

Achieve+Partners provides EPA for the furniture, wood and trade supplier industries.

In an industry experiencing huge changes and challenges, Achieve+Partners’ ethos is to work purposefully with a wide range of organisations, bringing the industry closer together. It will use its highly skilled employees to share their expertise and knowledge whilst at the same time providing added-value support to all of its apprenticeship partners.

Covid-19: Digital conference to unite hospitality sector

Bench Events, the leading organiser of conferences and forums for the hotel, aviation and restaurant sector is organising a complete live conference experience on the internet to bring together industry leaders to discuss the unprecedented economic circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and what the industry can do collectively to rebuild confidence.

The virtual conference will take place on April 7th from 10.00–16.00 BST and registration is free of charge for all participants; although an optional donation is requested to selected charities helping out those in the hospitality industry, suffering from the worst effects of the coronavirus.