UKHospitality Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to put in place business rates support at its Budget in December.
The call comes as the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that inflation has fallen to 4.6%.
Leon Thompson, our Executive Director in Scotland, said: “Inflation moving in the right direction is positive for the economy but the lasting impact of record inflation over the past year persists for hospitality businesses.”
UKHospitality Scotland has continued to make representations to the Scottish Government about the myriad of costs that continue to impact hospitality businesses, particularly energy costs.
These issues have been acted upon by the Scottish Government, with the Energy Minister Gillian Martin MSP writing to Amanda Solloway MP, the Energy Minister in the UK Government, calling for more support for energy-intensive sectors like hospitality.
“Energy costs, in particular, continue to be a significant drag on venues. I’m pleased Gillian Martin, the Energy Minister, has listened to our concerns and made representations today to her counterpart in London about the need for further support for energy-intensive sectors like hospitality,” Leon said.
In line with UKHospitality’s campaigning with the UK Government, we are continuing to urge the Scottish Government to introduce support measures to reduce the burden of business rates for the sector.
Leon said: “The impact of business rates remains one of the biggest concerns for venues across Scotland. Unlike in England and Wales, businesses here have suffered without any rates relief and, in many cases, have seen their rates continue to increase.
“We hope the UK Government takes action on business rates at the Autumn Statement next week but, regardless of the outcome in Westminster, there simply has to be rates support for Scottish businesses this year.
“The Scottish Government has made much of its reset with businesses and now is the time to prove those credentials and act where it matters most – on business rates.”
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