Greggs has confirmed it will be reopening 800 of its stores for takeaway this Thursday.
Greggs has been trialling a reopening phase with a small number of stores, and previously promised that a select number of shops could be open by mid-June.
In a report, Greggs said: “In line with this plan we intend to re-open around 800 shops to takeaway customers later this week, on Thursday 18 June.
“All team members are being trained in the range of operational changes and protective measures that we have implemented across our retail estate.”
Greggs has also confirmed the social distancing measures that will be in place including floor markings, protective screens, PPE for staff and hand sanitiser.
Although the company will still be accepting cash, contactless payments is encouraged.
The company has also said that company rewards that were set to expire will be extended until December 2020.
Greggs is expecting smaller sales as it reopens stores, with fewer customers allowed in the store at any one time.
These expected lower sales means some staff will remain on furlough until the sales ‘begin returning to normal’.
Following the queues that the likes of KFC, McDonald’s and Primark have seen when they reopened, Greggs has been cautious at reopening and avoiding any overcrowding at sites.
Due to Gregg’s ability to offer takeaway services, it had been allowed to remain open throughout the lockdown. However, bosses said this would compromise the safety of its employees so instead closed for three months.
Although the menu is slightly reduced, favourites like sausage rolls, steak bakes, vegan sausage rolls, yum yums and a range of breakfast classics are all still up for grabs.
Greater Manchester Greggs reopening this Thursday, June 18th:
- Altrincham, 54 George St, WA14 1RH
- Bolton, 64 Deansgate, BI1 1BG
- Bury, U1B Pilsworth Rd, BL9 8RZ
- Bury, The Rock SC, 22 Central St, BL9 0JN
- Chadderton, U3A Shopping PCT, OL9 0LQ
- Clayton, Manchester, 998 Ashton New Rd, M11 4PE
- Didsbury, Manchester, 733 Wilmslow Rd, M20 6WF
- Droylsden, U35 Queens Wlk, M43 7AD
- Edgeley, Stockport, 55 Castle St, SK3 9AT
- Glossop, 25 High St West, SK13 8AZ
- Leigh, U3 Parsonage RP, WN7 5SJ
- Manchester, 10 Oxford Rd, M1 5QA
- Manchester, 28 Cross St, M2 7AQ
- Manchester, 41 Deansgate, M3 2AY
- Manchester, U34 Fort SP, M8 8EP
- Manchester, 175 Arndale SC, M4 2HU
- Manchester, Greggs @ Asda Eastlands, M11 4BD
- Manchester, 93 Piccadilly, M1 2DA
- Manchester, 15a City Tower, Parker St, M1 4AJ
- Marple, 3 The Hollins, SK6 6AY
- Oldham, U6 Town Sq SC, OL1 1XD
- Oldham, 23 Henshaw St, OL1 1NH *Just Eat & Click+Collect only
- Openshaw, U7 Lime Sq, M11 1DA
- Rochdale, Yorkshire St, OL16 1EA
- Rochdale, U2 Kingsway RP, OL16 5AF
- Sale, 45 School Rd, M33 7YE
- Salford, 104 Mather Way, M6 5HU
- Salford, 258 Eccles Old Rd, M6 8HH
- Stockport, Merseyway SC, SK1 1RA
- Stockport, U5 Manchester Rd, SK4 1TN
- Wigan, 21 Market Pl, WN1 1PE
- Wigan, Greggs @ Asda Wigan, WN5 0XA
- Wythenshawe, UA, The Hub, Ledson Rd, M23 9GB
- EURO Ashton Road, SK6 2QN
- EURO Hollinwood, OL8 3RB
- EURO Newton, WN8 8TL
- EURO Royal Green, M22 4SY
- EURO Salford Quays, M5 4QD
- MOTO Birch, OL10 2HQ
- MOTO Birch West, OL10 2QH
The limited menu branches will be serving:
- Bacon and sausage
- Bacon and omelette
- Sausage and omelette
- Pain au chocolat
- All butter croissant
- Sausage roll
- Vegan sausage roll
- Vegan steak bake
- Steak bake
- Chicken bake
- Sausage, bean and cheese melt
- Cheese and onion bake
- Bacon and cheese wrap
- Three cheese pizza
- Three cheese and pepperoni pizza
- Ham and cheese baguette
- Tuna crunch baguette
- Roast chicken and bacon club baguette
- Roast chicken mayonnaise baguette
- Mature cheddar cheese salad baguette
- Chicken tandoori baguette
- Mexican chicken baguette
- Honey roast ham salad baguette
- Mature cheddar cheese ploughman’s oval bite
- Chargrill chicken oval bite
- Mexican chicken oval bite
- Novelty biscuit
- Gingerbread man
- Chocolate chunk shortbreads
- Caramel shortbreads
- Milk chocolate cookie
- Triple chocolate cookie
- White chocolate cookie
- Jam doughnut
- Caramel custard doughnut
- Sugar strand doughnut
- Triple chocolate doughnut
- Pink jammie doughnut
- Yum yums
- Mini yum yums
- Mini gluten free brownies
Drinks and snacks:
- Freshly ground coffee, tea and hot chocolate
- The full range of cold drinks
- Selected crisps
People on working tax credits will get a £500 one-off payment, Rishi Sunak confirms
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Brits on tax credits get a one-off benefits payment of £500, Rishi Sunak reveals in budget.
Outlined in the budget, Sunak explained that a £20 weekly increase in universal credit will extend for a further six months.
The chancellor explains that by the way Working Tax Credits system works people will not be able to receive the extra £20 weekly.
Instead, people will benefit from a £500 one-off payment.
Mr Sunak said: “To support low-income households, the Universal Credit uplift of £20 a week will continue for a further six months, well beyond the end of this national lockdown
“We’ll provide Working Tax Credit claimants with equivalent support for the next six months.
“Because of the way that system works operationally, we’ll need to do so with a one-off payment of £500.”
The £500 tax credit boost will run in the same way that the Universal Credit is paid – automatically.
Lots of people have switched from the old ‘Tax Credit’ to the new ‘Universal Credit’ system. Anyone who hasn’t yet been transferred across will now be eligible for this new one-off payment.
The number of people claiming universal credit in the UK has doubled since the start of the pandemic, reaching 6 million people at the start of this year.
The extra benefit support is welcomed but many are raising concerns that six months is not long enough.
Sunak also revealed in today’s budget that furlough will be extended until September but employers will have to pay 10% of the employee’s wages in July and 20% in August and September.
You can see a round-up of all the key points from the budget here.
What Rishi Sunak’s new budget means for people in Greater Manchester
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Rishi Sunak has said he wants to be honest about the government’s plans for fixing the public finances.
The chancellor says there has been ‘acute damage’ to the economy, with more than 700,000 people losing jobs and the economy shrinking by 10% – the largest fall in 300 years.
Borrowing has also been as high as during wartime.
He said: “It’s going to take this country, and the whole world, a long time to recover from this extraordinary situation.”
Here are the key points from his 2021 budget announcement….
- Sunak explains that 1.8 million fewer people are expected to be out of work than previously thought, with the peak at 6.5% down from the forecasted peak of 11.9%.
- Furlough is set to be extended until the end of September this year, however, firms will be asked to contribute 10% of employee’s wages in July and 20% in August and September as the scheme is gradually phased out.
- A fourth grant worth 80% of average trading profits up to £7,500 covering February to April that will help self-employed people.
- The £20 increase in universal credit will extend for six months
- Total cash support to businesses has reached £25bn. A further £5bn restart grant has now been confirmed to help companies get going after lockdown.
- Hospitality and leisure businesses will pay no business rates for three months, then discounted for the remaining nine months of the year by two-thirds.
- The 5% VAT cut will be extended to the end of September and gradually increased at 12.5% for six months before returning to the normal rate in April 2022.
- The stamp duty holiday will be extended on properties up to £500,000 to the end of June. It will return to normal levels from October 1st.
- Mortgage guarantees were also confirmed to help first-time buyers access 95% mortgages, with just 5% deposits.
- The government will take a ‘fair’ approach to ‘fixing the public finances’ the chancellor confirms.
- There will be no increase in national insurance, income tax or VAT.
- The personal allowance will remain at £12,750 until 2026 and the higher rate will increase to £50,270 next year.
- Inheritance tax threshold, pensions lifetime allowance, annual exempt allowance from capital gains tax and VAT exemption thresholds will all be frozen.
- New minimum wage rates come into force in England on April 1st. Basic rate workers will see a 2.2% increase, with the National Living Wage rising to £8.91 an hour.
- The budget deficit will reach £355billion this year (17% of GDP) – the highest level in peacetime.
- Sunak said: “It’s going to be the work of many governments over many decades to pay it back, just as it would be irresponsible to withdraw support too soon, it would also be irresponsible to allow our future borrowing and debt to rise unchecked.”
- The chancellor explains that the economy will recover more quickly than previously thought.
- GDP will grow by 4% this year and 7.3% next year according to official forecasts.
Contactless payment limit set to increase to £100
It’s hoped this will provide a much-needed boost to the retail sector
Rishi Sunak is set to announce in the budget today an increase in contactless payment limit up to £100.
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the contactless limit was increased from £30 to £45 and it is hoped this second increase will provide a much-needed boost to the retail sector.
Some industry sources have expressed alarm at the new threshold, warning of the potential increase in fraud, according to Sky News.
The increase in the limit was made possible due to Brexit. The European Commission set the limit to €50.
Sunak is expected to highlight the important of ‘pinging’ payments as shoppers continue to rely less on cash.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “London’s retail sector is famous across the world, with Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Westfield seen as global destinations for shopping.
“As we begin to open the UK economy and people return to the high street, the contactless limit increase will make it easier than ever before for people to pay for their shopping, providing a welcome boost to retail that will protect jobs and drive growth across the capital.”
The chancellor is set to unveil the budget at 12:30pm today. He is expected to offer more information on the mortgage scheme that will offer 5% deposit as well as extending the stamp duty holiday and increase corporation tax from 19% to 23%.
Sunak is also set to announce the extension of furlough until September and information on a £5bn scheme to help firms such as shops, clubs and gyms.