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Diss trade revival after lockdown fuelled by Eat Out to Help Out initiative




Government scheme Eat Out to Help Out has been responsible for a surge in trade according to a town’s business owners.

The White Hart pub is one of eight businesses within two miles of Diss town centre which have been part of the scheme since it began last week.

Employee Beth Hyde, 26, said: “It’s been brilliant. We have more people in than we had before lockdown and I’m hoping that will continue in the coming months.

Roydon, Norfolk, 08/08/2020..The White Hart is one of the local businesses that has seen trade take off in the first week of the Eat out to Help Out scheme. Customer numbers are above pre lockdown levels. Pictured is Beth Hyde ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40129398)
Roydon, Norfolk, 08/08/2020..The White Hart is one of the local businesses that has seen trade take off in the first week of the Eat out to Help Out scheme. Customer numbers are above pre lockdown levels. Pictured is Beth Hyde ..Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40129398)

“Being part of Eat Out to Help Out has definitely made a big difference. Although we have also had customers come in who didn’t know we were part of it - so that was a nice surprise for them.”

The government initiative, which launched on August 3, offers a 50 per cent discount up to £10 for food and non-alcoholic drinks from Monday to Wednesday.

A representative of Costa Coffee in Diss described trade as “absolutely crazy” with people “queueing up all day.”



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