Licensed Trade Hero 2020 is a brand new category at this year’s Scottish Bar & Pub awards reflecting the times we’re living through and this got us thinking about Hospitality Heroes that have gone above and beyond during the Covid crisis. Today we honour Michael Bergson, Buck’s Bar Group MD, Glasgow.
Michael Bergson (pictured with wife Michelle) isn’t afraid to stick his head above the parapet during the Covid crisis – like his Eat Out to Reach Out campaign where he invited those badly affected by Covid for a complimentary meal at Buck’s Bar in peaceful protest at hospitality closures. Guests, who were two to a table, were either all from the same household or social distancing bubble. Said Michael, “We all know the real heroes are the NHS and Eat Out to Reach Out was a direct response to one of my customers that got in touch to tell me that she’s an ICU nurse in a hospital and that attempted suicide admissions had begun eclipsing Covid ones. Isolation, loneliness, and the toll on mental health are all very personal to me and I feel those suffering have been left by the wayside.
“That’s why we just felt compelled as a team to do something and on that note, I have to say that my team keeps me going every day and they are my heroes.
“The Police came and they were fine with what we were doing and very helpful. They were only concerned that we were not encouraging large crowds or being targeted by anybody else and they were happy with safety measures. It was the same with the council who were aware of what we were doing and not in breach of regulations.“