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'We'll come out of it battered and bruised, but better,' says Michael Stewart

Pubs veteran Michael Stewart talks to Margaret Canning about heading up Belfast Chamber at a challenging time

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Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

In the days of Bob Cratchits

In the days of Bob Cratchits

In the days of Bob Cratchits

In the days of Bob Cratchits

Michael Stewart

There will be casualties among Belfast's hospitality businesses as a result of Covid-19 and lockdown, the new president of the city's Chamber of Commerce has warned.

Pub industry veteran Michael Stewart, who succeeded Rajesh Rana as president in June, says he also fears a lasting change in consumer habits.

While pubs which serve food have been open since July 10, he says that a date for so-called 'wet pubs' to reopen is desperately needed.