Lets help hospo keep the lights on! Want to support the hospitality sector but don’t know how? We thought that too, and
so have many other businesses.
Without a doubt, lockdowns are challenging for everyone, but the hardest hit is the hospitality industry. The continued
restrictions and lockdowns have taken their toll on the people who make our hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes places
of fun, friendship and community. Hope for the survival of many hospitality businesses depends on help, from Government
and within the hospitality sector itself.
So pooling our resources and knowledge of the industry, Stoddart NZ and Restaurant & Cafe magazine have created an online auction called Hands Up 4 Hospo. The auction will run on TradeMe over the coming
weeks, with proceeds going to hospitality businesses through an online application process. With an array of items
donated by a cross-section of New Zealand businesses, the willingness to give has been a ray of hope in an otherwise
Led by Stoddart NZ, we are putting all our efforts behind the Hands Up 4 Hospo Auction. Supported by fantastic suppliers
who have stepped up to get in behind the project, and some exciting, innovative, and unique donated items are up for
A little donation from many means that collectively we can help hospo keep the lights on. "Over the past eighteen
months, our team have fielded many calls from suppliers asking how they could help business owners. Those hardest hit in
terms of revenue losses caused by lockdowns," said Tania Walters, publisher of Restaurant & Cafe magazine.
"Stoddart NZ have stepped up to support the project, and it is with their backing and resources that we have been able
to get this project off the ground," said Walters.
"Suppliers from across New Zealand, also impacted by the lockdowns, have generously given items for the auction to help
raise funds," said Walters. "This project is a collaboration of Kiwi businesses, those who acknowledge how big the
struggle is for small business owners," said Adrian Dixon, Country Manager of Stoddart NZ.
The Hands Up 4 Hospo auction is where consumers and businesses, both within the hospo sector and outside, can show their
support by donating or bidding on an item. The funds from the auction are paid out on a share basis to hospitality
businesses through an online application system managed by a panel of industry representatives from Stoddart NZ and
Restaurant & Cafe magazine.
"We don't know how much money we can raise, but even paying a power account for an operator at this stage would help,"
"We ask that you consider supporting this project. It is a fundraiser for the hospo businesses that have been at the
coalface of the lockdown, carrying the heavy load and cost of the pandemic. Keeping their business afloat and workers
employed in emotionally, mentally and financially exhausting circumstances," said Walters.