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UKHospitality reacts to SNP manifesto launch

27 November 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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Following the publication of the Scottish National Party’s manifesto this morning, UKHospitality has welcomed the document’s reflection of the importance of hospitality and tourism.

Commenting on the SNP’s Stronger for Scotland manifesto, UKH’s CEO, Kate Nicholls, said: “There are some very positive proposals that would help to unleash hospitality’s potential if implemented. The many references to hospitality in the manifesto pay due respect to the economic and social might of our sector.

“We particularly welcome measures to reduce employers’ National Insurance Contributions, a policy for which we have long campaigned, which would help to free up investment to create more employment.

“It is also heartening to gain political recognition that a lower VAT rate for hospitality would make economic sense, generating more commercial activity and tax receipts via tourism and hospitality trade. This is another issue on which we have pushed hard.

“The party’s statements about migration policies that focus on best serving the economy and society are also welcome and are a message that we would urge be heeded by whoever forms the next Government.

“Hospitality operators in Scotland will hope that the positive tone and references to our sector are reflected in SNP policy more widely. A good starting point would be to resist calls for a tourist tax that would kill a golden goose that serves Scotland so well.”


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.

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