House of Commons showcase for the Wales’ food and drink companies
13 March 2019
Posted by: Chris Banks
The finest of Welsh food and drink, and hospitality businesses were on show last week, at a gala event in Westminster.
Innovative businesses including hotels and breweries, along with signature Welsh food took centre stage at a three-day event in the House of Commons.
The event, organised by HospitalityCymru, a new body dedicated the championing Welsh hospitality, and coincided with Wales in London week. The event attracted MPs and Peers from across the UK to learn more about Wales’ thriving food and drink, and hospitality sectors.
Hospitality Cymru Executive Director David Chapman said:
“Wales has a thriving and dynamic hospitality industry with exciting businesses across a number of sectors including: pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, coffee shops, contract catering, visitor attractions and more.
“Its food and drink is some of the best quality, best-loved and best value in the UK, particularly our emblematic Welsh lamb and beef brands. Hospitality and food and drink’s contribution to both the Welsh economy and its culture is massive, and this event is an opportunity to celebrate a thriving and iconic part of Wales.”
Welsh Government Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, who enthusiastically supported the event, said “Welsh food and drink is among the best in the world in terms of quality and value. Our growing reputation for quality has also been reinforced by the significant increase in the number of Welsh food and drink products gaining Protected Food Name status and Great Taste Awards.
“It’s important that we take every opportunity to showcase our producers at key events such as this one and working in partnership with HospitalityCymru will certainly support this.
“Preparations are well under way for the second international Blas Cymru / Taste Wales event which takes place on the 20 & 21st March and will welcome visitors from all over the World.
“With Brexit approaching we need to promote the Welsh brand as much as we can, so our food and drink producers strengthen their place in the market and ensure they can make a success of the challenges they face.”
The event featured the Welsh Rarebits premium hotel group and other hoteliers from Wales, Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef, Carmarthenshire Ham, Puffin Produce (Pembrokeshire potatoes and vegetables), Coaltown Coffee, Boss Brewery, Wine Trail Wales, Halen Mon, Denbighshire Plums and (Anglesey Sea Salt).
Photos of the event can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/161047078@N03/sets/72157707337211795/
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 £39bn 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.