Like many Manchester restaurant owners, award-winning family-ran Lancashire gastropub group, The Seafood Pub Company have failed to receive any Government funding during lockdown and, as a result, have ceased trading.
With no income since being forced to close in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company were unable to access Government support in the form of a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan nor secure any other funding, leaving them with no choice other than to go into Administration.
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Unless a buyer can be found, the move could mean the permanent closure of local pubs on Manchester's doorstep, including:
Forest, Fence, Burnley
Barley Mow, Barley Village, Burnley
The Oyster & Otter, Blackburn
Assheton Arms, Downham, Clitheroe
The Alma Inn, Laneshawbridge, Pendle
Derby Arms, Longridge, Preston
Farmers Arms, Great Eccleston
The Fleece, Addingham, Ilkley
Fenwick Arms, Claughton, Lancaster
The Inn, South Stainley, Harrogate
With many other operators - let alone the self-employed suppliers who support them - also falling through the gaps of the Government's headline scheme, we can expect to see many more of our favourite places fail to reappear once Lockdown is eased.