UKHospitality expands dynamic membership
08 August 2018
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality, the new trade association representing the whole of the UK’s hospitality sector, has augmented its position as the authoritative voice for the sector by welcoming a host of new members.
New members representing almost every aspect of the UK’s diverse and exciting hospitality sector, incorporating casual dining, leisure parks, QSR and bars have joined the authoritative voice representing over 700 companies.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The variety of this newest group of members highlights the vibrancy of this fantastic sector. Hospitality in the UK is a broad and lively brush and our membership reflects that. We are very pleased to welcome our newest members and look forward to working them to promote the great work they do.”
Philip Turner, Managing Director of Chestnut Group, said: “We are excited to be joining UKHospitality and supporting the collective voice of the sector. UKHospitality is a vocal champion of hospitality businesses and I look forward to contributing our experience and expertise to promote hospitality and highlight the important work we do.”
Boparan Restaurant Group CEO Tom Crowley said: “The hospitality sector is as dynamic and exciting as it has ever been, but we are facing significant challenges. These are challenges best faced if we stand as a united sector and I am very happy to be joining UKHospitality to do exactly that.”
Ollie Vaulkhard, Vaulkhard Group “UKHospitality is a fantastic advocate for the sector and we are delighted to be joining at this exciting time. Our voices are louder and our impact on Government greater when we are aligned. I am looking forward to working alongside hospitality leaders to learn from them and support hospitality.”
UKHospitality is very pleased to welcome into membership:
Boparan Restaurant Group
Pret a Manger
Smith & Wollensky
Notes to editors
- UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
- UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 2.9 million
- The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
- For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
- Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
- The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
- Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
- Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
- Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.