Tag: Hospitality

Pulling our economic weight – and then some

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Not just at the seaside but across the entirety of Great Britain, hospitality and tourism businesses are more than pulling their economic weight, explains UKHospitality’s Chris Banks

Music’s tariff hike could be “potentially devastating” says leisure and hospitality chiefs

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A decision from the organisation responsible for collecting music royalties could place unsustainable pressure on the UK’s hard-pressed night-time economy, say trade chiefs. Stakeholders in Britain’s hospitality trade have reacted with dismay to a decision by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) to hike the cost of playing recorded music at live events. UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said PPL’s decision to...

Hospitality leaders rally against tourism tax plans

Senior figures within the UK hospitality industry have hit out over tourism tax proposals that could have a significantly damaging effect on the crucial market sector. Key voices within the hospitality industry have urged chancellor Philip Hammond policy to override plans to impose a tourism levy on overnight stays in major UK cities. A number of councils, including those in Birmingham,...

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...

UKHospitality calls for more action on rates

UKHopsitality has made it clear to the treasury that it must undertake a serious re-evaluation of current business rates guidelines if the future prosperity of the hospitality industry is to be ensured. The trade body responded to a statement released by the chancellor that was in turn a retort to a Committee letter expressing concern that the current business rates...

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

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...

Government migration study keeps hospitality bodies alert to employment fears

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...

UKHospitality warns government over rates inaction

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UKHospitality has sent a clear warning to Westminster that urgent action is needed to lower costs in the hospitality industry or risk facing the closure of businesses and a rise in joblessness.   Responding to the release of data on employment metrics in the three months to January 2018 UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “Today’s figures do not make for...

UKHospitality launched as ‘new voice’ for sector

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Hospitality, the UK’s third largest private sector employer, hopes to have found its voice as the BHA and ALMR merge to “overwhelming support” from members of both bodies.   The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have completed their merger to create UKHospitality, a new association representing the UK’s hospitality sector. Overwhelming support from members of...

Hospitality sector moves to plug post-Brexit skills gap

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The ideology of Brexit may remain as divisive as ever, but the practicality of leaving Europe requires action rather than debate, so argues the key industry bodies engaged in the hospitality sector.   Whilst tepid to the UK’s departure from the EU, trade bodies, the BHA, ALMR and BBPA, have teamed up to help drive a national campaign to bridge the...

Shock employment drop for hospitality

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While concerns of a post-Brexit labour shortage have dominated the hospitality industry over the last few months, a 1.4 percent drop in employment in the latest quarter has surprised the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.   The trade body has been concentrating on ensuring enough workers for when Britain exits the European Union, however in the short term Kate Nicholls, chief...

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...

Hospitality trade chiefs welcome EU worker stability

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The hospitality sector’s three chiefs executives, Kate Nicholls of the ALMR, Brigid Simmonds of the BBPA, and Ufi Ibrahim of the BHA, have weighed in on the government’s recent announcement that EU nationals resident in the UK for more than five years would be offered residency.   Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the ALMR: “The Prime Minister’s statement is...

Home office responds to hospitality worker concerns

The Home Office is looking into plans for short term visas for young EU nationals to support the hospitality industry post-Brexit.   Ministers are considering a two-year fixed visa for young Europeans seeking work in low-skilled sectors in a move that follows the raising of serious concerns over the UK’s hospitality industry post-Brexit. The new visa route would be targeted at those...

King looks ahead

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In an excerpt from an interview with Conference News, Butlin’s MD and VAT campaigner Dermot King reveals the future for his company and his hopes for cuts to tourism tax. In the late 1980’s I joined Bourne Leisure and earned a reputation of sorts by successfully challenging the way the UK implemented the tax rules on the sale of holiday...

Uncertain future for Scottish tourism Post-Brexit

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While Scotland’s leisure and hospitality sector has enjoyed a strong season, uncertainty remains about the future of the country’s tourism industry following the Brexit referendum. Willie Cameron, director of the Cobbs Group, runs a range of Highlands-based hospitality businesses and acknowledges that the weak pound in the wake of the EU referendum has benefited the sector in the short-term, but...