The Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) has welcomed news of a furlough extension and VAT cuts but warned that not enough is being done in terms of a growth strategy for hospitality and, specifically, the supply chain the industry relies on.
Steve Hobbs, chair of FEA, said that while yesterday’s Budget brought a number of promising developments, there needs to be a clearer plan for supporting the recovery of the wider industry ecosystem.
He said: “We welcome the support the government is giving – they’ve accepted at least some of the recommendations we and our collaborators, such as UK Hospitality and the Textile Services Association, have been pushing. However, what’s needed is a growth strategy that will do more to rebuild the foodservice industry, and its supply chain, as we embark on the recovery.”
The FEA believes the strategy will need to include:
– Jobs development –investment and incentives to generate new jobs in the hospitality supply chain.
– Incentives to build and develop business – including, for example, tax breaks to encourage specific critical areas such as energy efficiency.
– Investment development – encouraging people and organisations to invest in the hospitality industry.
– Training – more investment is required to give enough people the skills both the hospitality industry and the supply chain are crying out for.
The FEA is putting together a position paper for the government and is asking foodservice equipment suppliers for their suggestions for the growth strategy.
“We are looking for input that is specific to our industry and its business needs. We will use the information to lobby Government directly and via our links with other organisations,” added Mr Hobbs.
The FEA is the independent, authoritative voice of the foodservice equipment industry, representing nearly 200 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes. For more information on FEA visit www.fea.org.uk