ALMR manifesto calls on policy-makers to protect restaurant industry

Wasabi, Birmingham New Street station

The ALMR has launched its latest Manifesto to encourage both national and local governments to support the eating and drinking out sector.

The Manifesto, launched at the ALMR’s 2017 Spring Conference, provides policy-makers with a clear outline of the contributions being made by the sector, and outlines key asks for the further support of pubs, restaurants and bars.

ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “The sudden announcement of a snap General Election has given us an opportunity to engage with politicians who will be keen to court votes and we can ensure that promoting our sector is on the agenda.

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The Manifesto’s main asks include:

– Championing the high street through root and branch reform of business rates.

– Ensuring Brexit delivers for its current and future workforce needs, avoiding a cliff edge.

– Supporting its ENTE to deliver a world-class customer experience through a transformative policy led by a National Night Czar.

– Endorsing its ambitious and dynamic industrial strategy sector deal which develops home grown skills and reduces unnecessary business costs.

“The sector plays a vitally important role both socially and economically and has been a fantastic provider of employment since the recession, creating one in seven of all new jobs. Pubs and restaurants are resilient and vibrant, but they are facing legislative and financial roadblocks that are preventing them from achieving even more. They need support from politicians if they are to invest and grow.

“The ALMR Manifesto outlines the opportunities for policy-makers to support the sector and help support investment in businesses and communities in every region of the UK. This will be absolutely vital if we want to ensure the continued success of the sector and the revitalise the country’s high streets. With the UK withdrawing from the European Union, it is essential that businesses are the best position to succeed.”

 

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