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UKHospitality response to The High Street Report

21 December 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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UKHospitality today commented on the publication of The High Street Expert Panel’s Report.

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality CEO and Great British High Streets Awards judge said: “Today’s report sets out a positive agenda for promoting the value of high streets, to which hospitality is a major contributor. When implemented, the recommendations should enhance how high streets add colour, value, convenience and community spirit to towns and villages across the UK.

“The report rightly recognises the importance of face-to-face interaction in an increasingly digital and isolated world; it highlights the need for local communities to work in partnership, which is something we have long advocated.

“Hospitality is the natural facilitator of such social occasions and so we would welcome a chance to contribute to the future development and implementation of these proposals more directly.

“Sadly, all these constructive plans would at best be severely undermined - and at worst made altogether pointless – if not accompanied by long overdue Government action to address the savage effects that the outdated business rates system is having on high street businesses.”

ENDS

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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