The trade association’s new report outlines recommendations for helping the country’s hospitality and tourism sectors navigate the economic recovery
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a new report, which is calling on the government to provide a new strategy to assist the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors.
Titled ‘A Menu for Recovery’, the report outlines a series of recommendations for both sectors, including extending the hospitality VAT rate reduction to 5% until March 2022, and 100% business rates relief throughout the full financial year in England.
Furthermore, the trade association is urging the government allow businesses that sell food and drink to apply for a pavement licence much more easier, and maintain the right for pubs, cafes and restaurants to operate as a takeaway.
In support of these measures, the report found that more than half (56%) of small hospitality businesses believe further rate relief would support their high street, and 65% of small hospitality and tourism businesses backed the relaxation of planning regulations.
Mike Cherry, the FSB’s national chair, said: “With mass closures and restricted openings over the last 15 months, Covid-19lockdowns have shown just how important our pubs, restaurants, hotels and thousands of businesses in the supply chain are to both the economy and our communities.”…
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