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UKHospitality welcomes opportunity to support England’s food industry

17 August 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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UKHospitality has welcomed the Government’s consultation on England’s food industry.

The Government has today opened a call for evidence, led by Henry Dimbleby of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and co-founder of Leon, which will investigate the entirety of England’s food system from farm to fork.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Not only is the UK’s food sector one of the most exciting and lively in the country, it is one that affects everybody.

“The sector is also existentially linked with the hospitality sector, so we naturally want to see it prosper.

“The changing political, technological and environmental landscapes mean that challenges are constantly evolving. Businesses and customers are ever more interested in issues such as sustainability, provenance and health. A progressive and responsive food industry is therefore a must.

“It is vital that hospitality is at the forefront of the conversation so we welcome the opportunity to engage with Henry, who has a great knowledge of our sector, to make sure we secure an integrated and joined-up strategy that supports businesses.

 ENDS

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, 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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