UKH urges local authorities to prioritise hospitality in their Future High Streets Fund bids
02 January 2019
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
Responding to the Government's call for local authorities to take advantage of the £675 million fund - which aims to transform high streets and town centres, UKHospitality has called for the plans to prioritise hospitality businesses.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“It is promising to see that the Government has acted on the recommendation to set up a Future High Streets Fund to help our struggling high streets. The Government wants to see our local high streets transformed into modern vibrant community hubs and hospitality is the perfect choice to achieve this.
“UKHospitality is urging local authorities to prioritise hospitality businesses when developing their bids. The hospitality sector is at the heart of our communities, bringing people together, and has helped drive growth in every region of the UK and with the right support can be the solution to ensuring the future of the high street.
“However, our vibrant industry is being hit with exorbitant business rates as well as a number of cost pressures that are threatening our ability to play our part in shaping the future of the high street. Until government creates a system that is fit for purpose and ensures equality with digital businesses, this funding will be a welcome start to support these valuable businesses which can help breathe life back into our high streets. We want to see our high street flourish and would be delighted to provide assistant on the development of these bids should it be sought.”
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