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UKH reacts to Scottish Budget

06 February 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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Commenting on today’s Budget, UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said:

“We are pleased the Scottish Government has outlined a number of positive measures which will support hospitality businesses. The decision to introduce a new intermediate rate on properties with a rateable value between £51,000 and £95,000 will provide much-needed relief for thousands of Scottish businesses, but we hope it is a first step to reducing the unfair burden on all hospitality businesses.

“We also welcome the £201 million that has been set aside for city funding and growth deals, which will provide a boost to Scotland’s cities, helping to attract both domestic and international tourists. The commitment to support a move towards a low carbon economy is a positive step and we look forward to engaging with Government on how hospitality can play its part in this.

“An increase in rail and bus funding is great news, supporting rural tourism and its workforce, helping to further boost growth across the economy.”



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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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