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UK enters Brexit future with new 50 pence coin variant

HM Treasury, new 50p
The cash-boxes of Britain’s coin-op machines will soon receive a new commemorative fifty-pence coin - in celebration of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Although chancellor Phillip Hammond isn’t expected to unveil official plans for the coin until later this week, early details gleaned by the Independent indicate the coin will bear the words “Friendship With All Nations,” and...

All roads lead to Brexit

Paul Kelly, brexit, politics, industry
With investment in the leisure industry highlighting an inherent positivity, the spectre of Brexit appearing ever larger on the horizon looks to bring its own challenges. It is now up to the government to heed the words of those in the know, comments Paul Kelly, CEO at BALPPA. He negotiates his way through a Coinslot Q&A, without the need...

‘No-deal’ would hurt seaside resorts, claims Thornberry

Emily Thornberry
Labour’s shadow foreign secretary has predicted that a ‘no- deal’ Brexit would hurt traditional seaside resorts such as Blackpool and Cleethorpes. Last last week’s Labour Party conference, Emily Thornberry warned that a rise in inflation, as predicted by the Bank of England in the event of a‘no-deal’ scenario, would mean both tourists from abroad and staycationers would be put off...

“Low-skilled” EU workers to have limited entry in ‘no-deal’ scenario, recommends MAC report

EU, Brexit, Customs
Under the Migration Advisory Committee’s final recommendations for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, “low skilled” EU workers would have to use the Youth Mobility Scheme to enter the UK labour market - causing a mixed response from tourism and hospitality trade chiefs. The only route of entry for “low skilled” EU workers following a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be the Youth Mobility Scheme,...

ACOS: A very British affair

Karen Cooke
The return of an amusement industry event in autumn has gone down well. ACOS has filled the traditional exhibition slot to warm acclaim; it was a show waiting to happen. The woman behind it, Karen Cooke, talks to Coinslot about aspirations and expectations. Karen Cooke knows her stuff; she’s been delivering trade shows for the amusements industry for decades. And...

VisitEngland survey: Tourism continuing to thrive in Blighty

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Neither Brexit nor terrorism could dampen the English tourist industry last year, with footfall up at two of Britain’s biggest amusement operations and throughout the coast. Both Brighton Pier and Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land theme park ranked among the highest visited attractions in the country last year,according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of participating leisure sites. Brighton’s iconic seaside magnet drew over 4.6m...

Fears of no-deal Brexit grow as government releases contingency plan

Brexit
Negotiating ministers have assured the public that a deal is likely to be reached by November at the latest - but the release of detailed “no-deal” Brexit advisory papers has shaken up some in Westminster. New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has issued a raft of documents - which he says provides “practical and proportionate” guidance for British businesses to draw...

Keep calm and carry on

Brexit
Chris Webster argues that the funny thing about all this dithering over Brexit is that in a thousand years time, none of it will matter a jot anyway. Now let’s not throw our toys out the pram. There’s a degree of schadenfreude in some coverage of the news that contingencies are in place for a no-deal Brexit scenario. We were...

British high street far from dead, say Deloitte

High Street
Latest retail figures from the ONS have elicited commentary from Deloitte’s head of retail, who insists that the high street is successfully reinventing itself. The British high street is bouncing back and is far from on its last legs, suggests one of the country’s leading retail analysts. The remarks come as the Office of National Statistics release new data, which show that...

Hospitality and publicans still await debate on post-Brexit migration

Inspired by a highly critical Home Affairs Committee report published last week, UKHospitality and the BBPA have both weighed in on the government’s lack of urgency surrounding migration policy - and what it might mean for businesses in a post-Brexit. Two years on from 2016’s Brexit referendum, and hospitality operators and publicans are still waiting to have their say on...

Tourism and hospitality sector offers “cautious welcome” to Brexit white paper

Brexit
UKinbound chair Mark McVay and UK hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls are in the minority when it comes to the Prime Minister’s Brexit white paper, with the former mustering a “cautious welcome”, and the latter “pleased” with its continuation of the status-quo. While there has not been much political positivity shown towards Theresa May’s Brexit white paper - it choked its...

Step aside and let us decide

Brexit
Our present political system is demoralising, laments Ken Scott. Time, then, for us to take back control. I wrote to the Prime Minister today. Not about the Triennial - that’ll be another time. But about the Brexit mess. I asked her to let the British people and British businesses make the final decision on what form of Brexit we should...

Bacta set out party conference campaign

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Bacta has outlined a programme of lobbying activities during ‘Party Conference Season’ during which the association will be taking its arguments on behalf of the industry to all three major political parties. The lobbying programme starts in Brighton on 17 September when the south coast resort will host the Liberal Democrats. One week later and Bacta will be in Liverpool...

A fit for purpose tax system, less red tape and workforce for the future: UKHospitality sets its agenda

Spearheading the hospitality sector’s representation on the strategic, structural and regulatory issues, the chief executive of the newly formed body UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, tells Coinslot just what the future campaigns must be. The 2017 Parliamentary Coastal Communities inquiry report showed that 250 million visits are made to the UK’s coast each year, generating £17 billion to the economy. The inquiry...

Blueprint primed for Park Avenue Open Day launch

Blueprint Machines
Exciting product launches and an environment conducive to high quality networking make the Park Avenue Open Day a must-attend comments, Gavin Wright, head of UK sales, Blueprint Machines. Coinslot: With your experience in the field, how do you assess the market in 2018? What product types are doing well and driving growth? Gavin Wright: “We cannot speak for anyone else, but...

Brexit and the tourism industry: DCMS tackle questions of support

Houses of Parliament
Despite a boost to Britain’s tourism statistics after the 2016 referendum, long term challenges remain for the industry. Last week, politicians from across the country asked the DCMS’ Michael Ellis how he would support tourism through Brexit and beyond. MPs from across the political spectrum convened in the house of commons two weeks ago to discuss the potential impact of...

UK tourism growing strongly, but must be safeguarded

Gloria Guevara
Speaking at the launch of a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in New York, president & CEO Gloria Guevara explained that the sector cannot be taken for granted as Britain leaves the EU. Travel and tourism grew by over four times the rate of the wider UK economy in 2017, according to a new report...

Government migration study keeps hospitality bodies alert to employment fears

Hospitality
There was more to worry the British leisure and hospitality sector than reassure it in the government’s recent post-Brexit migration workers study. Albeit an interim report, the ‘EEA workers in the UK labour market’ update was collated from evidence received by more than 400 businesses and industry bodies and stated that “lower migration would very likely lead to lower growth...

Kelly: A diverse industry needs dedicated support

Paul Kelly Balppa
The diligent work of the UK leisure market can often go overlooked according to Paul Kelly, BALPPA chief executive. However, with Brexit on the horizon and the market seeing a raft of new entrants, the time is now for the government to stand up and offer the sector its full support.   Whilst the UK leisure industry is undergoing a period...

Post-Brexit anxiety boosting British seaside stays

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Tourism experts say British holidaymakers are being “more cautious” with their money as the UK's staycation trend becomes the status quo.   Tourism industry experts and stakeholders are expecting a surge in British seaside holidays as post-Brexit anxiety causes consumers to tighten their spending. They agree that the staycation trend will only get stronger as 2018 sees another boost in domestic...

May moves to bring peace of mind and stability for EU workers

theresa may florence transition
  Across the tourism attraction and pub sector, businesses welcomed the certainty provided by Theresa May’s open letter that EU employees can stay in the UK post-Brexit.   After waiting more than a year for official “unconditional confirmation” that EU workers will be allowed to stay in the UK post-Brexit, the tourism attraction and public sectors - both employing a significant percentage...

UK business leaders: Brexit transition essential

boris johnson essential
  A group of UK business leaders invited to Downing Street told prime minister Theresa May that a transition period following Brexit was absolutely essential.   The statement from the collection of around 10 industry luminaries follows close on the heels of France and Germany shooting down any misplaced hopes of Britain fast-tracking talks on reaching a transition deal. One attendee told press...

Tourism Sector Deal launched to aid British businesses in wake of Brexit

Coinslot - Banksy Brexit Art Goddens
A consortium of leading tourism bodies have developed a strategy to help grow tourism in the United Kingdom after Brexit.   The Tourism Industry Council's strategy will initiate the Tourism Sector Deal in their attempt to help the growth of tourism to the UK after they leave the EU. In its program, it has four main “asks”, including: attracting talent and skills,...

Culture secretary reassures industry over post-Brexit labour force

karen bradey culture secretary
  Culture secretary, Karen Bradley, moved to allay fears of a workforce deficit in the hospitality industry post-Brexit as she spoke at the British Hospitality Association’s annual day reception in Parliament.   Issues regarding a potential staffing shortfall in the hospitality industry as a result of Brexit have been a main talking point as more than 200 BHA members visited Parliament to...

Hospitality split on two-year post-Brexit transition period

theresa may florence transition
While pub trade bodies were reassured, the British Hospitality Association said more time was needed than the “status quo” two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by the prime minister in Florence last week.   Hospitality chiefs gave mixed reviews of the two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by Theresa May in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella church on 22 September. The British Beer and Pub...

Hospitality warns against leaked post-Brexit immigration proposals

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While a Migration Advisory Committee investigates the role of EU workers in post-Brexit Britain, an 86 page document proposing an “end to free movement in its current form” has leaked from the Home Office - much to the hospitality industry’s dismay.   Hospitality trade chiefs have warned that if leaked proposals detailing an “end to freedom of movement” and the introduction...

British Beer & Pub Association warns against cap on low-skilled workers

Coinslot BBPA low-skilled
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed concerns over a possible cap on low-skilled workers after a Home Office post-Brexit migration document leaked to the press.   In a statement published today, BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds wrote: “This document suggests that there may will be a cap on low-skilled workers which would undermine the needs of the pub...

Staycation boost for seaside sector despite tighter budgets

Coinslot - Staycation UK
Three quarters of UK adults have been on or are planning a staycation in 2017 - up five percent on last years figure - providing a boost to the seaside sector despite a decrease in average spend.   Research from Barclays Business reported that currency depreciation following the Brexit referendum is one factor affecting the increase, with nine percent of holidaymakers...

Post-Brexit staycations remain high as Britons not leaving

staycation
Staycations have continued to surge a year after Brexit, with nearly half of Britons taking a holiday within the country in 2017, according to a new study.Britain’s coast was singled out by respondents as a top choice, with nearly three in five reporting to have visited this year. Indeed, businesses seaside resorts have reported a huge increase in bookings since...

Operators praise workforce and prioritise consistency post- Brexit

Coinslot - workforce post-Brexit
As an independent committee conducts its report into the role of EU workers following Brexit, Coinslot spoke to seasonal operators about the impact any immigration deal may have on their workforce.   FEC operators have praised staff as the “lifeblood of the industry” and emphasised the importance of an accessible, reliable, and consistent seasonal workforce in post-Brexit Britain. As a Migration Advisory...

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