The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers (ALMR) merged earlier this year to create UKHospitality, a new association representing 700 operators across 65,000 sites.
The merger came out of the joint work undertaken by the BHA and ALMR on Brexit and National Living Wage after influential members grew frustrated that the sector’s concerns weren’t being heard at the highest levels of government.
The new body has said it has three clear objectives: firstly, creating a tax system which is fit for purpose, reflects the realities of business in the 21st century and allows a level playing field for high street and community-based businesses, which now compete with online companies; secondly, a regulatory regime which allows the hospitality sector to focus on growth rather than red tape and finally, to develop the hospitality workforce of the future.
Earlier this week 'Shaping the Future' Summer Conference took place, the first UKHospitality conference since the new merger.
Building on the success of the BHA Hospitality and Tourism Summit and the ALMR Spring Conference, the event amalgamated the best and most timely discussions from the accommodation, food service, leisure, pubs and bars sectors. Shaping the Future gives the industry a single platform for the voice of the hospitality and tourism sector and is the perfect stage for setting out the plans for championing the UK's hospitality business interests.
'Shaping The Future' brought together the most senior figures in the hospitality and tourism industry, agenda-setters, members of the Government and media.
The agenda was packed full of insightful and forward thinking sessions, with an array of fantastic speakers who navigated delegates through the issues faced by the industry and inspired on how the challenging environment can be overcome and positively promote, what is one of the fastest growing and most productive sectors in the UK today.
Kate Nichols, CEO UKHospitality, opened the conference and set out the vision of 'Hospitality' as being the beating heart of the UK and went on to discuss UKHospitality's mission, goals and priorities:
- Reduce the cost of doing business responsibly
- Deliver free, fair and flexible market
- Secure the potential for growth & investment
- Promote the reputation of the sector
- Protect the members commercial environment
- Prevent restrictive regulation
UKHospitality aims to do this by:
- Influencing (campaign on costs)
- Insuring (Defence and Shield)
- Informing (Advice/Guidance)
- Inspiring (Recruit and Retain)
- Insight (Business Building)
- Secure a Brexit deal that delivers for future workforce & supply needs
- Champion the high street through root and branch reform of rates to make it fit for a digital economy, so everyone pays their fair share
- Boost productivity by doubling the NIC threshold top take the lowest paid out of tax, support job creation and investment in people
- Foster responsible busineses practice through partnership and self regulation rather than tax and regulation
- Endorsing our innovative, inspirational Sector Deal to develop home grown skills and reduce unnecessary costs
My colleague David Fitzgerald, Director of Business Development at Tahola attended the event and came away with some key points from a selection of speakers during the following sessions:
More than 500 business leaders joined the event from across the sector to discuss the opportunities, reflect on the current outlook and explore the potential for collaboration with government. The message of the day was clear, that from a single platform, Shaping the Future will cement the voice of the industry as a single unified voice for all hospitality businesses.
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