Grainger Town, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Photo by Photo by Quaid Lagan on Unsplash

FSB calls on UK Govt to support hospitality

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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Main image: Grainger Town, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Photo by Quaid Lagan on Unsplash

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