Kenny Blair, managing director at Buzzworks Holdings

INDEPENDENT bar and restaurant operators Buzzworks Holdings has donated £10,000 to UK charity Hospitality Action.

The money will provide some much needed funding to the charity, who offers a range of support services for people working within the hospitality industry, including a 24 hour hotline for advice, counselling sessions on stress, addiction and abuse, alongside grants for help with debt or short term money concerns.

Buzzworks, which manages twelve venues across Ayrshire and beyond, temporarily closed the doors to all of its restaurants and bars on March 20 in line with government guidelines.

Kenny Blair, Buzzworks Holdings managing director, said: “We’re fortunate in that the business is in a good position to look after our stakeholders and we hope our small donation to Hospitality Action, who does fantastic work for those within the industry, alongside will offset some of the hardship facing many across the UK.”

With over 500 members of the Buzzworks team currently furloughed until further notice, many have gone on to offer their services to those in need.

Buzzworks chefs have been using their time to cook meals for vulnerable people through local Ayrshire charity Centrestage, student NHS staff working part time within the business have stepped up to assist GP’s and hospitals, whilst many more have volunteered to help their local communities in any way they can.

Kenny continued:  “Where we can, Buzzworks are helping those volunteers find the appropriate job roles, whilst we continue to monitor developments regarding the virus and put plans in place to re-open stronger and better than ever – when the time is right and it is safe to do so.”