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UKH spearheads call for future PM to end pubs’ pain

09 July 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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UKHospitality has underlined to Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson the urgent need for a new Prime Minister to implement policy changes to support the future of British pubs. 

With cosignatories the BII, CAMRA, the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Pub is the Hub and the BBPA, a joint letter outlines the need for stability in the sector, which can only be delivered via a basket of policy reform. These include delivery on the Conservative manifesto commitment to reform of business rates, with interim measures to end the impacts of the hugely increased costs of the property tax.

UKH continues to represent the sector at Brexit ‘no deal’ planning meetings but called on the Conservative leadership candidates to redouble efforts to ensure a smooth Brexit that allows access to labour for hospitality businesses and protects food and drink from harmful tariffs. The letter also praises the Government’s recent announcement of a Tourism Sector Deal and commits support to that ongoing process, and also calls a commitment to freeze beer duty for the remainder of this Parliament.

Kate Nicholls, UKH’s CEO, said: “After such a prolonged period of uncertainty and instability for hospitality operators, it is crucial to the fortunes of our sector – and the British economy – that a new Prime Minister recognises and acts to protect the value of our venues to the UK economy, culture and society. 

“The operating environment is approaching crisis point, and we cannot stand by without making this a top priority for a new PM. We and our sector allies have sent a firm but friendly reminder to Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson that the venues that Britons value so highly are at risk, and we have called upon them to take simple but effective measures to safeguard our pubs."

About UKHospitality

  • 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.

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