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The owner of the Real Greek and Franco Manca restaurant chains has said business is picking up week by week, with trading up more than a quarter over pre-pandemic levels as tourists and office workers begin to return to city centres.
The Fulham Shore, which owns 75 restaurants, said revenues across its chains increased by 27% in the three weeks to 5 September compared with the same period in 2019, PA news reports.
We are very encouraged by the accelerating revenue growth trends during recent weeks despite continued challenging trading conditions.
The culture secretary has predicted a Tory bounceback after a new poll suggested their lead had slipped following the announcement of the government’s social care tax hike.
A YouGov survey found that backing for the Tories had fallen by five points to 33% after Boris Johnson announced an increase to national insurance contributions to pay for social care reforms, PA news reports.
When you come to the next general election, which is some time away, people will weigh that up and what they will see as a result of this is, because we have put the extra money into the NHS, we have avoided a crisis in the NHS, we have increased capacity in the NHS and we have finally, after many governments previously ducked this challenge of social care – I remember 10, 15 years ago we were talking about this – finally, the Prime Minister has actually done something about this.
And I think, in the end, the electorate reward governments who are willing to take difficult decisions in order to protect the long-term national interest, and that is what that decision is all about.