Hospitality Businesses – How To Make The Most Of Your Outside Space In 2020 Uncategorized 24.08.2020 Do You Run A Hospitality Business?Here’s How To Make The Most Of Your Outside Space In 2020 This year will go down in history due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, not many walks of life have been hit harder than the UKs usually bustling hospitality industry. Over the past month or so, things have slowly but surely started to get back towards something resembling normality across the sector. The “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme has certainly assisted, and consumer confidence to be able to safely go out to pubs and restaurants seems to be coming back. One thing’s for sure though; Social distancing rules are causing many experienced pub landlords, restaurateurs and hoteliers a lot of headaches. The installation of new signs and screens, introduction of one-way systems and how to safely maximise the use of any outdoor areas, are just some of the things to be considered. Did You Know, Installing A Retractable Roof Or Retractable Cover Could Solve A Lot Of Your Problems? With the amount of legislative changes over the past months, including extra complications such as “local lockdowns”, there’s never been a better time to consider how to make the most out of any exterior space your premises has. In the glorious sunshine, it’s all well and good being able to have up to 6 people, potentially from 6 different households, safely socially distanced at a table in your beer garden. What happens if the weather takes a wrong turn though? Can the inside of your venue cope with the people who were outside, having to come indoors? If it can’t, these people will need to move on. And that will hit you where it hurts most. A direct punch, straight at your cash register. Here are 4 options to consider which can be adapted to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. All shapes and sizes of the following products can be catered for as well, depending on your buildings specific requirements: Awnings – A great way to get started, these are robust and attractive outdoor coverings. Awnings can be tailored for all budgets and types of building. With awning systems ranging from manual deployment right through to fully automated solutions that instantly react to climate changes, an awning could give your premise the boost it needs. Retractable Canopies – Featuring enhanced flexibility compared to awnings, retractable canopies provide a premium, all year round solution, thanks to a strong and robust structure. Stylistically, they can also blend with most types of buildings, with finishes available including rustic timber and aluminium frame. Louvered Verandas – For total control, you could opt for a louvered veranda. This roof system allows you to control the amount of coverage depending on the conditions, whether that’s to stop rain getting in or to control sunlight, glare and heat. Your customers can stay outside and be comfortable all year round with extras such as lights, heaters, and roller screen walls. Glass Screens and Glass Verandas – A full outdoor glazing system could give you the perfect extra space. Fully extending your floorplan to be used throughout the year, even in winter months and harsh weather conditions. Adding bi-folding doors or rising glass balustrades means in the sunshine you can have the best of all worlds and still enjoy the fresh air. A truly classy way to extend outside. Feeling Inspired? We’d love to hear all about your plans to maximise your outdoor space, especially during these tricky times for the hospitality industry – if you’d like to have a chat with our friendly team about the different options available, give us a call on 01204 301751.