Trade bodies, including BBPA and UKHospitality, have written to the Prime Minister to explain how “bitterly disappointed” they are by the delay to reopening, which will cost pub sector alone £400m. The rest of the hospitality sector losses could well push this over the billion pound mark.
Hospitality and pub sector leaders including the BBPA, UKH, BII and CAMRA have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding support for their members due to the delayed reopening.
The industry bodies have said they are “bitterly disappointed” by the delay to the full reopening of their sector, which will cost pubs £400 million alone. In the letter sent to 10 Downing Street, they urged the Prime Minister to delay the reintroduction of business rates payments, which would cost the sector some £93 million in just July, by at least three months. The industry leaders also called on the Prime Minister to prioritise the additional £1.5 billion business rates support package announced back in March, to ensure eligible businesses such as brewers can apply as soon as possible.
“Our sector is facing one of its toughest periods in its history and this latest delay is yet another setback. Many pubs cannot break even under current restrictions and around 2,300 still remain closed,” said a spokesperson. “It is now absolutely critical that the Government provides our sector with further support – else the recovery of our pubs will be over before they’ve even been given a chance.”
The letter explains that across the wider hospitality sector, one in four businesses, or 26,000, remain closed and average trading for those open is at just 63 percent of usual trade. At the same time, fixed costs have risen to ensure compliance with the ongoing restrictions.
“This is untenable,” say the trade bodies.