UKHospitality welcome the newly published Conservative Party pledge which looks set to aid the nation’s hospitality sector.
For so long, UKHospitality have campaigned for the reform of business rates, for pay increase and enhanced staff training. As a result, they are delighted that the Conservative party seem to be determined to help these issues.
Kate Nicholls, the CEO of UKHospitality said:
“Employment costs, property taxes and skills are key challenges for hospitality. This is if it is to add yet more economic value and employment to the UK.
“A fundamental review of business rates is long overdue. A commitment to cut the rates bills is certainly welcome. Also, it is heartening to see pubs and music venues referenced in the context of reliefs – we wait with interest to hear further detail.
“Alongside previously announced NICs changes to improve take home pay, this manifesto also commits to improving the apprenticeship levy system. In addition, wider initiatives and funds for upskilling. It seems that our messages have been heard.
“We also welcome the manifesto’s inclusion of community ownership proposals. Including for pubs, but the focus must primarily be to create an operating environment that bypasses the need for bail outs for hospitality venues.
“These are all steps in the right direction but there is much more still to be done to empower hospitality yet further as an economic driver of prosperity, jobs and growth.”