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Music venues under threat from discriminatory Business Rate relief system

08 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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In response to the Government decision that music venues will not be eligible to apply for business rates relief, UKHospitality Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls, said:

“This decision amounts to unfair discrimination against thousands of venues that provide valuable cultural, economic and social benefits to the UK. Soaring business rates are severely damaging all types of hospitality businesses, harming growth plans and leading to closures. Grassroots music venues are no different, they are disproportionately harmed by high rates bills, and ought to have access to the same rates reliefs as other types of retail outlets.

“Live music venues are shutting down across the country and are increasingly under threat, and once lost rarely come back. We are ready to work in partnership with other concerned stakeholders to fight for this damaging decision to be reversed, and to ensure the Government fully realises the valuable role of live music venues. We will also continue to press for urgent and wholesale review of the outdated rates regime which penalises bricks and mortar hospitality businesses and risks shutting down the UK’s growth engine.”


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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