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“Exhaustive” package of support imperative after blow of latest restrictions

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UKHospitality has called on the government to deliver an “exhaustive package” of support for hospitality.

The trade body has warned that job losses and business failures will be an inevitability unless support is immediate and wide-ranging.

UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “These restrictions are a further, potentially fatal, blow for many hospitality businesses. In isolation, they may appear moderate, but the cumulative effect is going to be hugely damaging. Consumer confidence is going to take another hit and we cannot hope to recover while confidence remains low.

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“The shift back towards working from home is going to hit city centre hospitality very hard. These businesses have already lagged behind as office workers and tourists have stayed away and they are going to take another battering.

“Most disheartening is the announcement that they are potentially in place for six months. Lots of businesses will not survive this and we are going to see more and more people lose their jobs unless we have the support to counterbalance these restrictions.”

With the furlough scheme already wining down and set to finish for good in October, Mrs Nicholls said employment support must be provided.

“Unless it is extended for our sector, businesses are inevitably going to have to make staff redundant. We are looking at a steady stream of job losses for six months, otherwise.

“We also must have longer-term support to enable businesses to rebuild in 2021. The VAT cut for the sector must be extended as must the business rates holiday. We also need a rent-debt settlement package, otherwise whole businesses are going to go under with widespread redundancies.”

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Andrew Seymour

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  1. It’s time for the industry to stop waiting for the next nail in the coffin news and start challenging what this incompetent government is doing. While pubs and restaurant operators are wondering when they are ever likely to make a profit, companies with friends in high places are milking the public purse.

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