Swindon businesses are gearing up for Monday's launch of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative.
Most food businesses in the town centre’s The Crossing and The Brunel are taking part.
The scheme gives sit-down diners a 50 per cent discount on the cost of their meals on all Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, up to £10 per person.
Because The Crossing has seating, the food outlets are eligible to take part, even if they only have take-away counters.
Broccoli Pizza and Pasta is one of the businesses taking part in the scheme, and owner Prakash Guna is urging Swindon people to support their local independent businesses.
He said: “I think this is a good scheme and it has the potential to help food businesses recover from this very challenging situation.
“I am confident that our customers will be safe - we comply with Government COVID-19 hygiene regulations. All staff wear gloves and masks and regularly wash their hands.
We know that The Brunel are also rigorous in their cleaning regimes and regularly clean tables and chairs between customers.
“We are luckier than some, as when the pandemic hit we already had many customers having regular deliveries from us so that helped sustain us at the start.
"But now that it’s more common for food businesses to do home deliveries we do have more competition. My message to customers is please support us and help us survive by shopping locally.”
Socially-distanced seating is available at The Crossing, and all areas of the centre are thoroughly cleaned throughout the day in line with the Government’s covid-19 guidelines.
This includes regular sanitisation of all tables and seating as well as high touch-point areas such as handrails and doors. The centre’s toilets are open and are also available for hand-washing, and there are several sanitisation stations around the building.
The Government introduced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to boost the struggling hospitality industry. No vouchers are needed to use the scheme, and it can be used at the same time as other offers and discounts.
Food outlets in The Crossing and The Brunel that are taking part include Boswells, Broccoli Pizza Pasta, Burger Priest, Chopstix, Fillerz, McDonalds, Mcctaffs, Taste of India, Triple Two Coffee and Subway.
Details of offers available from the centre’s tenants can be found on the websites and social media channels of the individual businesses, and some at www.thebrunel.co.uk and www.facebook.com/thebrunel
Information about the Eat out to Help Out scheme can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eat-out-to-help-out-look-for-the-logo
For those looking to open their own food-business one of The Brunel’s popular ‘street-food’ pods is now available for rent on easy in-easy out terms.
Anybody interested is invited to contact the Brunel on 01793 525857 for more information.