MP experiences work at Welsh venue ‘hit hard’ by rising costs

MP Alun Cairns Bear Hotel

Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has been on a fact-finding visit to one of the Town and Country Collective’s hotels in Wales, learning of the acute problems that energy prices are creating for hospitality operators and stating he would pass on the concerns of businesses to the Treasury.

During his visit to The Bear Hotel in Cowbridge, near Cardiff, Mr Cairns undertook the tasks of some of the venue’s staff, to help promote the wide variety of work and career opportunities on offer in the hospitality sector, pulling a pint at the bar, helping executive chef Tom Bowsher plate up a menu special, and sitting in on a management meeting.

The venue, which is part of the Town and Country Collective group of hotels and restaurants, is run by directors Julian and Freddie Hitchcock, who told Mr Cairns that soaring energy bills, on top of other rising costs, are hitting the group “very hard”.

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Mr Cairns said he would pass on the concerns of businesses to the Treasury, and that the hospitality industry was vital to the future economic growth of the area.

He added: “This industry is a main driver of the economy in towns and villages across the Vale and Wales, so it’s vital we all try and help them as much as possible to survive in yet more very challenging times for the sector.

“A career in hospitality offers a job for life, transferable skills and rapid promotion and I hope more people of all ages will give it a try and find their niche.”

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Joshua Walton

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