Fears for vending as new restrictions announced

As the Prime Minister announces further restrictions for the country aimed at curbing the rapidly rising coronavirus infection rate, The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) has warned of a significant impact on vending businesses.

AVA chief executive David Llewellyn said: “AVA members have seen their business return over the past few weeks to around 50% of where it was at the same time last year. But, where sites, particularly offices, call centres and leisure have reopened, the turnover is a fraction of what it was due to considerably less footfall.

“Many are having to consider their staffing needs as the CJRS Furlough scheme comes to an end and current estimates, based on our member interviews, are that up to 25% of the 24,500 people directly employed within vending companies are at risk.”

“Today’s announcement will simply compound this,” Mr Llewellyn revealed.