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New hospitality council allegedly not properly representative
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New hospitality council allegedly not properly representative

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Small business needs to be considered as well as multiples

Having told you about a new hospitality council yesterday poised to set the world to rights, today it is criticised for not being representative.

The problem, it seems, arises out of the fact that all the organisations who have been invited to join represent big corporate chains and businesses and hospitality trade bodies and the list includes only two notable independent restaurateurs.

The British Takeaway Campaign considers that the government has shown very little consideration for small independent businesses with their diversity of ethnically diverse entrepreneurs and a huge range of cuisines. It claims that these small independent businesses outside London form the real backbone of the industry in the UK. Once again it appears that London based businesses and interests are being pitted against those of the rest of the country.

However perhaps it is a little early to judge the situation because it will depend on just what business the council will be called upon to consider. Clearly many of the larger and smaller businesses will have common interests. What is important is that the principle of a new strategy is agreed upon and moves are made to implement it.

All this comes as the furlough scheme formally ends today so there will be a large number of additional workers on the market and it is anticipated that redundancies will follow. The worst hit area has been the travel business and this of course has only recovered in part so far. The hospitality sector happily has had a sharp rebound in sales but sadly for the foreign tourist market, it is anticipated that staycation will remain at a high level for 2022, adding some £9.2 billion to the domestic market which is the shot in the arm it richly deserves.

Adrian Leopard     30-09-21

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