The Scottish hospitality sector is looking south of the border and wants a similar response to discounted business rates.
UKHospitality Scotland’s Executive Director Leon Thompson has thrown down the gauntlet to the Scottish Government urging it to match Westminster’s position on business rates. He stated: “(The) Budget Statement from the Chancellor made clear the commitment to provide a 50 percent discount rate to businesses in the coming financial year.
“Hospitality businesses have benefitted from two years of 100 percent relief on business rates from the Scottish Government, but face a cliff edge from 1 April 2022 if relief is not continued. The Chancellor has declared his support for business and the Scottish Government must at least match this if hospitality businesses across Scotland are not to face further financial difficulty and possible closure.
“Our businesses are at the heart of communities. They remain in a fragile state and need a commitment from the Scottish Government that they can look forward to the same support as their counterparts in England.”