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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…

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UK Hospitality welcomes amended licensing regulations

The new regulations allow businesses to apply for 20 temporary event notices for 2022 and 2023, up from 15, and extend automatic off-licence flexibility until the end of September 2022. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “These amended regulations are positive news for businesses that have been hard hit over the course of the pandemic. UKHospitality has pushed hard for these extensions so we are grateful that the Home Office has listened and acted. All and any support for the sector will be vital on the long road to…

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Hospitality sector ‘facing jobs crisis’ despite rise in vacancies

Recent research by RSM showcased that the number of new job vacancies in the hospitality sector rose by 46% in the last two weeks The hospitality sector is currently “facing a jobs crisis” that threatens to hold back its recovery, according to PaulNewman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM.  In a statement, which comes one week after venues resumed indoor trading, Newman called on the government to consider the “relaxation of visa barriers” – after Brexit/Covid-19 has reduced the pool of foreign-born workers by almost one million – “acutely…

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