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Scottish business support welcome, but action still needed to sustain jobs

18 March 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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UKHospitality in Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement of support to help businesses deal with the impact of Covid-19.


The announcement confirms a package of support including £1.9bn to support businesses, a 12-month business tax relief for properties in hospitality, grants of up to £25,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000 and £10,000 for businesses in small business rates relief and the rural business scheme.


The announcement also confirms a delay to the introduction of a deposit return scheme and a halt to legislation relating to the tourist tax.


UKHospitality has also repeated its call for the UK Government and devolved bodies to urgently support businesses with salary payments to avoid widespread job losses and disruption to people’s lives.


UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said: “This is a helpful move from the Scottish Government. Replicating the support announced by the Chancellor was the minimum we needed to ensure that Scottish hospitality businesses are not further disadvantaged as they deal with the crisis. It is also reassuring to see the Scottish Government take the logical step of putting the Tourist Tax on hold. At a time such as this, businesses do not need another cost hurdle for consumers to contend with.


“Just like in other parts of the UK, this support needs to be followed by additional measures to cover wage costs – which we hope the Scottish Government will be pushing for. This needs to happen right away to stop businesses from closing and to keep people in jobs. If we don’t get it, then we are looking at widespread job losses and the potential for business failure.”


Notes on UKHospitality

  • 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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