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Our three aims at Autumn Statement

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Increase the pressure on the Government to take action on business rates, by using our ‘Write to your MP’ tool – either as your own business or by sharing with your franchisees, tenants, lessees or peers.

Proactive action at Autumn Statement can help the hospitality sector to realise its potential, in turn delivering on Government’s key objectives of delivering economic growth and halving inflation.

Three key aims:

  1. 1

    Unlocking investment

    We recommend that Government freezes the business rates multiplier, extends the 75% relief for a further year and increases the cap to £2 million per business. Failure to act would increase business rates for hospitality by around £1 billion, fuelling inflation.

  2. 2

    Growing the sector

    Government proposals to reform planning for businesses must crucially deliver swifter, more collaborative outcomes, and these reforms should be implemented rapidly. Our sector previously invested £10 billion per annum in communities, and we want to return to, and exceed, that level.

  3. 3

    Meeting demand

    While vacancy levels have declined by around a third since last year’s peak, they are significantly above pre-pandemic levels and are restricting hospitality’s ability to meet demand. The Adult Education Budget must have the right level of flexibility to give people the skills they need to access and stay in work. We urge Government to pursue and finalise YMS with appropriate overseas nations.

Join us in calling for action by writing to your MP.

As the sector’s leading voice into government, we’re continually working to help your business and your support on this is crucial.

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Medium term strategy for growth

Beyond the three key aims, there are pragmatic steps that would unleash hospitality’s growth, employment and skills potential.

Hospitality is at the heart of our communities and it’s essential we do all we can to protect them and the value they bring, from driving economic growth to creating jobs.

It’s imperative that the Chancellor takes clear action at the Autumn Statement to extend the current relief measures for a further year to protect the vital community assets that make up the UK’s vibrant hospitality sector.

Kate Nicholls OBEUKHospitality CEO