ALMR calls for new Hospitality Minister role

ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls
Industry
27/09/2017 - 09:33
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called for the creation of a new ministerial role dedicated to the hospitality sector.

Chief executive, Kate Nicholls, will make her call to the Goverment at today’s ALMR Autumn Conference ((27 September).

Nicholls feels that the time is right for the appointment of a minister dedicated to supporting the sector given the uncertainty for employers and rising costs associated with Brexit.

Nicholls said: “UK businesses are facing an unprecedented period of political and economic instability. Uncertainty, chiefly prompted by Brexit, is undermining businesses’ attempts to plan and invest and we need clear action from the Government to address this.

“The UK’s hospitality sector is the 3rd largest employer and incorporates a vast range of businesses and sub-sectors, not least of all the countries’ resilient and innovative eating and drinking out businesses. These are the businesses that have driven growth in local economies in every part of the UK, creating one in six of all new jobs since the recession.

“There is need for a national role to span these issues and ensure that crucial businesses are properly catered for.

“The government must show leadership and support for these vital employers by creating a new role of Hospitality Minister to ensure transparent and useful engagement with businesses and promotion of the sectors’ interests.

“This will help promote a consolidated approach from both businesses and Government departments to help facilitate Brexit discussions and outcomes, and help inform the Government’s industrial strategy.”

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