UKHospitality warns against reactionary measures on food advertising in Scotland
09 January 2019
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
UKHospitality has reiterated its support of the Government’s efforts to provide customers with healthy eating choices but warns against the implementation of reactionary mandatory measures on advertising.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“We fully support the Government’s efforts to improve and promote healthy eating. However, Government must be careful to not undermine businesses with disproportionate measures. Hospitality businesses are subjected to an overwhelming amount of regulation in this area. Placing additional burdens on an industry, which is already committed to offering healthy food and drink choices, would cause further unnecessary pressures on an already stretched sector.
“We need more clarity on the detail of these proposals to avoid unnecessarily capturing a range of food products not intended to be restricted. Hospitality operators are responding to the public’s demand for healthier lifestyles and should have the right to advertise their offerings. There also needs to be a recognition that people are able to make informed decisions, without the need for random restrictions.
“Any mandatory measure put in place on the advertisement of certain types of food should be flexible and proportionate and if legislation is to be brought in, it is essential that businesses are given enough lead time to adapt to these new regulations.
“We will continue to work with our members and the wider sector to promote healthy eating and drinking and communicate our efforts to the Government and collaborate on sensible proposals to help tackle any health issues.”
Notes to editors
- UKHospitality is the 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, 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 2.9 million
- 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.