This comes as last week saw Scully take up a new appointment as Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities amid mass resignations across the Conservative party, including outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In a tweet posted on Friday evening Scully said: “Delighted that Jane Hunt is going to the most amazing job which I'll miss. Working for postmasters, hospitality and retail sectors, entrepreneurs, consumers, and workers across the UK. She'll be fab.”
Big shoes to fill
More recently, he widened the exclusivity ban, which prevents employees (except for those on zero hours contracts) from taking second jobs, to include those earning less than £123.
Speaking regarding the Hospitality Strategy Scully said: “The pandemic has meant we’ve had to stay apart, and this has had a big impact on the hospitality industry, which exists to bring people together.”
Following the new appointment, Hunt has stated, via Twitter, she has “big shoes to fill” but “was looking forward to getting started”.
Trade bodies across the sector also took to Twitter to express thanks to Scully for his work with the sector, in particular through the pandemic, as well as having welcomed Hunt to the new role.
Delighted that @JaneMHunt is going to the most amazing job which I'll miss. Working for postmasters, hospitality and retail sectors, entrepreneurs, consumers and workers across the UK. She'll be fab https://t.co/Ft135sqYKc— Paul Scully MP (@scullyp) July 8, 2022
UKHospitality (UKH) CEO Kate Nicholls said: “Thank you for listening, engaging, and working with the industry and for your help and support as the first hospitality minister.
“We look forward to working with you Jane.”
Furthermore, British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) chief executive officer Steve Alton also tweeted thanking Scully for “working closely with the sector”.
He said: “Thank you for working closely with the sector over the last two years and your appreciation and understanding of the challenges of individual operators.
“Look forward to working with Jane Hunt on delivering the hospitality strategy.”