UKHospitality launches manifesto ahead of 2018 local elections

By Stuart Stone

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Brexit-proofing: UKHospitality has published an election manifesto ahead of the local elections on 3 May.
Brexit-proofing: UKHospitality has published an election manifesto ahead of the local elections on 3 May.
UKHospitality has provided local authorities with a series of recommendations ahead of local elections on 3 May to ensure the hospitality sector is Brexit-ready.

The hospitality sector body’s manifesto provides local authorities with a series of suggestions to help local communities, generate local economic growth and support UKHospitality (UKH) efforts to prepare the sector for the UK’s departure from the European Union.

UKH recommendations include, prioritising hospitality businesses for discretionary business rates relief; ruling out tourist taxes; prioritising partnership working over costly tax and legislation; engaging with hospitality businesses to enhance waste collection, increasing recycling and reducing the burden on local businesses; applying the agent-of-change principle in planning decisions and encouraging local education authorities to work with the sector to promote hospitality as a career of choice.

UKH chief executive Kate Nicholls commented: “The key to the future success and health of the UK’s hospitality sector is a positive and proactive working relationship with local authorities.

“Councils around the UK are in a position to support their local hospitality venues and enhance their neighbourhoods by promoting fun and vibrant community businesses.

“Hospitality businesses are key to regenerating high streets and supporting valuable jobs, but too often businesses don’t seem to receive the support they deserve.

“Our manifesto for the local elections provides councils with simple and effective actions to ensure that hospitality businesses are in the best possible position to grow.”

As reported​ by The Morning Advertiser​, the Electoral Commission recently distributed 1m beer mats to pubs across the country encouraging pubgoers to register to vote in time for the elections on 3 May.

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