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The rate of Photography will change from £45 for the first hour to £50 (+VAT). Any additional hours will change from £20 to £25 (+VAT) p/hour.

This is our first price increase since 2018. We are confident that this pricing, whilst still competitive, will allow us to continue to provide you with A grade photographers.

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According to a new survey by Lloyds Bank PLC, the United Kingdom experienced the beginning of significant economic recovery in May. Lloyds Bank went on to state that this was led by the recreation and tourism sectors.

Tourism and recreation recorded the sharpest rise in output growth – from 51.9 in April to 62.4 in May – since the century began. This is directly due to British hotels, pubs and restaurants experiencing a release of pent-up consumer demand.

In fact, tourism and recreation recorded a net gain in terms of employment growth for the first time since January 2020. This growth was closely followed by the transportation sector, as people were encouraged both to go back into the office, and to explore different parts of the UK.

Scott Barton, the managing director of corporate and institutional coverage at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “May’s results show consumer demand is pushing the UK’s economic recovery forward. It’s particularly encouraging to see the performance of tourism and leisure businesses improve again.”

He added: “Even though the next step on the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown has now been delayed, we are hopeful that consumer-facing businesses will continue to recover over the summer months.”

According to the tracker, growth within health care slowed most notably month-on-month – down to 52.5 from previous highs of 58.5. This has caused health care to be classed as the worst performing segment monitored by the tracker for the first time since April 2019.

The tracker includes indices collected from responses to IHS Markit’s U.K. manufacturing, services, and construction, PMI survey panels. This covers over 1,500 private sector companies. A reading of 50 is the divider between expansion and contraction.

This data directly corresponds to what leading figures in the industry have been saying over the past month; that the hospitality and nightlife industries are instrumental to economic growth, and that the securement of these businesses’ futures will directly lead to the furthering of the UK’s post-pandemic economic landscape.

Words by Rebecca Clayton

Today, May 17, marks a momentous day for the hospitality sector and for those of us who have missed indoor service as it has finally re-opened. It’s the second step to freedom that we’ve all been waiting for – time to head indoors!

Announced last week by vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi, the roadmap out of lockdown is going ahead and on schedule.

Evidence suggests that vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths for those vaccinated, while infection rates do not risk an unsustainable surge.

As a result, the green light to indoor dining is not only great news for all those involved in hospitality, but an important marker for positive change in COVID-19’s trajectory in the UK.

Though the date was months-before planned, those involved in the hospitality industry – particularly chefs and restaurateurs – have been shocked by the impact of the news.

With a surge in bookings, particularly in London, the sector is looking at bursting back into a dependable and healthy life.

Many venues were already fully booked weeks prior – with enquiries running at around twice pre-pandemic levels. Such levels are understandable – today’s opening marks the first time customers have been able to dine indoors since London was put into Tier 3 restrictions in December, last year.

Still, this demand in the sector is not without difficulties. Many restaurants have reported difficulty in recruiting staff needed to meet the mass bookings. Further, with the likelihood of an additional influx come the final stage of easing lockdown, the sector will have to brace itself and question whether it is prepared.

Words: Seeham Rahman

Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, nightlife has been in rapid decline. With coronavirus deeming clubs unsafe and the implementation of social-distancing rules closing down bars — the industry has been in serious trouble. In December, the NTIA issued a warning that the pandemic had meant that over 75% of British nighttime businesses were facing permanent closure.

However, the plummeting of the nightlife ecosystem has been in occurrence long before the pandemic  — with many clubbers seeking more intimate scenes as opposed to packed, traditional nightclubs. As for smaller venues, the upkeep, even prior to COVID, had been difficult — with rising rents and seeing their premises sold.

Still, the government stepped in with a £2.25m emergency fund for up to 150 small venues that had to close during lockdowns, while clubs themselves have been keeping afloat, even if difficultly, via crowdfunders and online events.

With the adaptations of online streaming and new collectives such as the Queer House Party, however, clubbing is becoming more accessible and inclusive  — especially with the use of BSL interpreters and audio description in many online parties.

When clubs return, there will be a whole new realm of possibility not online for how to implement various technologies to stay connected or how to aid those who have struggled to access clubs before  — but importantly, how nightlife can move past what we know it to be. This points to creating a whole new nightlife scene, which is far more interesting and grand  — especially after a year of missing out.

Venues and events now have the ability to create brand new and opulent experiences  — which vastly combat the relaxed, home lifestyle. In capitalising off the buzz, there is a distinct ability to profit  — especially when treating every night as an unmissable event with a fair admission fee.

Additionally, with the new inquiry from Westminister’s All-Party Parliamentary Group, there is an opportunity to be vocal about the industry  — particularly the problems in the sector and the requirement for financial support.

Importantly, the implementation of same-day testing, such as in Barcelona’s pilot experiment, shows that there may be a viable route back into nightlife and venues at capacity — if carried out correctly.

Words: Seeham Rahman

Despite the rampant growth of London’s economy, alongside its vibrant city life and hopeful future – the city has seen a tough decline in recent years.

With the impact of a lack of an adequate financial deal as a result of Brexit, the economic hub is directly suffering.

In addition to such effects, the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly hard-hitting ­– especially to hospitality and tourism in the capital, which is of huge importance to the country’s economy. Deprived of visitors and closed due to lockdown rules, a central component to busy city life has been in a particularly steep decline.

A recent report shared by The Mayor of London in conjunction with the London School of Economics about London’s Central Activities Zone, has suggested the economy of London would contract by £36bn by 2031. Further, with changing habits such as working from home, the direction for all industries remains uncertain, and, perhaps precarious – with an estimated 86,000 fewer jobs within the CAZ by 2031, with many of the losses in food and culture.

Some businesses will return to strength post-lockdown with increased mobility and a more normal economic flow, however, the consequences of Brexit and Covid-19 will likely remain. Corroding the foundations of an industry which has often been viewed as fairly stable, the pandemic has provided an insight into what the unexpected can mean for industries which rely on steadiness in socio-economic environments.

The same CAZ Economic Futures Research report suggests that central London maintains an ecosystem which has the capability for strong recovery, with a distinct cultural reach. Hence, The Mayor is providing a £6m investment directly supporting London’s economy post-covid.

Working alongside the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Sadiq Khan is working with the business community to create a range of new initiatives to encourage Londoners and tourists around the UK to spend time in central London.

In addition to a likely utilisation of the money to aid local hospitality businesses to invest in more al fresco dining and implementing appropriate safety measures for successful post-lockdown opening, it is also likely to be used for major events. These events have been said to attempt to ‘showcase central London’s public spaces and cultural riches’.

While the direction of such funding and planning remains unclear, there is definitely a positive force to be accounted for in the focus on hospitality, culture and tourist regrowth.

Words: Seeham Rahman