With the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union looming, the two trade bodies have come together to brief their members on how to move forward in the event of a no-deal.
UKHospitality chief executive and chair of the Tourism Alliance Kate Nicholls said: “Our guidance is being made available to all our members and non-members, to make sure that everybody is up to speed and prepared for Brexit.”
For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions.
As it stands
Nicholls continued: “We are now less than three weeks from the scheduled withdrawal from the EU and, as it stands, we are leaving without a deal.
“Much can change in the coming days and weeks but it is absolutely vital that businesses leave nothing to chance and prepare as comprehensively as possible.”
The tailored guidance provides tourism and hospitality employers with advice on a range of issues including:
- The potential economic impact of leaving the EU without a deal
- The impact on the UK’s hospitality and tourism workforce
- Potential disruption to supply chains including tariffs
- Data protection requirements for businesses
- Food labelling in the event of a no-deal Brexit
UKHospitality will also be holding a webinar on Thursday 17 October for its members and the wider hospitality sector, giving businesses an opportunity to raise questions and prepare ahead of the scheduled exit date.
To see the Brexit guidance, visit https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/BrexitBriefing or click here.