The UK government has launched a new hospitality strategy to support the reopening, recovery and resilience of England’s pubs, restaurants, cafés, and nightclubs.
To overseas the delivery strategy, which will be led by Prezzo executive chair Karen Jones and Business Minister Paul Scully, a Hospitality Sector Council made up of industry leaders and the government has been created.
To aid the sector’s reopening, measures being introduced include highlighting opportunities in the hospitality industry to job seekers to help address the current recruitment crisis, while recovery measures include working with the government-owned British Business Bank and directly with lenders to support access to finance for hospitality firms.
Initiatives around strengthening the long-term resilience of the sector will focus on making hospitality a career option of choice, boosting creativity, and developing a greener sector.
“Hospitality is absolutely fundamental to the country’s economic and social wellbeing, so this new strategy which recognises our unique role is very welcome,” noted Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UKHospitality.
“We look forward to working closely with the minister and as part of the sector council to deliver an action plan that enables our nation’s hospitality venues to bounce back from the devastation caused by the pandemic and return to creating jobs and careers.”