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New Government must prioritise business rates and Apprenticeship Levy reform

UKHospitality is urging the Labour Party to deliver on its manifesto commitments to replace business rates and reform the Apprenticeship Levy in the first 100 days of government.

In its manifesto, the Labour Party committed to:

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    Replacing the business rates system in England and level the playing field between high street businesses and online giants.

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    Reforming the Apprenticeship Levy by creating a Growth and Skills Levy.

'Action in the first 100 days'

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party on its victory in the General Election.

“We look forward to working with the new Labour Government, which during the campaign has clearly recognised hospitality’s role serving Britain and creating places where people want to live, work and invest.

“We now need to see this followed up with action in the first 100 days.

“Delivering on manifesto commitments to replace business rates and reform the Apprenticeship Levy would be a clear sign that the Government backs hospitality as the central pillar of the everyday economy.

“Swiftly addressing business rates would fulfil a longstanding ask of the sector and avoid a cliff-edge in April, when current relief is set to end and rates are due to increase again.

“Hospitality, with its presence in every constituency, can act as a powerhouse for driving economic growth, creating new jobs and regenerating our towns and cities.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the new Government to help deliver its manifesto commitments and realise hospitality’s growth ambitions.”

General Election webinar: what’s next for hospitality

All members are invited to join us for a webinar on Tuesday 9 July at 12:30pm following the result of the General Election.

Hear from CEO Kate Nicholls and our executive team on what the next government has in store for the sector, who the key Ministers are likely to be and the timeline for the first 100 days.

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