London Food Strategy recognises importance of sector
11 December 2018
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has reacted to the publication of the London Food Strategy by highlighting the importance of the hospitality sector and has reiterated its desire to support the Mayor’s vision for food.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Hospitality plays an integral role in the Mayor’s plan for promoting healthier attitudes towards food. Eating out is a fun recreational activity that is vital to the wellbeing of Londoners as well as being beneficial to the economy.
“The Mayor recognises the importance of the food and drink sector in London, particularly the fantastic employment and skills development on offer. This includes supporting smaller businesses’ access to apprenticeship levy funding. He has also reiterated his support for enhancing London’s status as a world-leading food destination and support for tourism and hospitality.
“We look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure that any new measures are practicable and do not have any unintended consequences on vital hospitality businesses.
“UKHospitality will continue to engage with the Mayor and the London Food Board to ensure the city’s hospitality sector is at the heart of plans to promote good food and continues to thrive.”
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.