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Scottish Government alcohol strategy must be proportionate

21 November 2018   (0 Comments)
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UKHospitality has reacted to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a strategy to tackle alcohol harm by cautioning that any measures must be proportionate.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “UKHospitality, its members and the wider sector share the Scottish Government’s aims to tackle alcohol abuse and promote healthier attitudes.

“Scotland’s hospitality and tourism sectors are also some of the country’s best assets, including its pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. They provide employment and investment in every region and any measures undertaken by the Scottish Government should be proportionate. They should avoid the unintended consequences of placing additional burdens or costs on valuable employers.

“The sector is ready to support the Scottish Government in its aims and we urge the SNP to work closely with us to help promote healthy attitudes to alcohol.”


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, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
  • 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.

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