Leading trade body, UKHospitality has reacted to Government plans to help cut energy bills for UK businesses announced today.
UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, (pictured) said, “We are relieved that the Government has listened to the representations that UKHospitality has stridently delivered, relating to the problems that the sector is experiencing with energy suppliers.
'This intervention is unprecedented and extremely appreciated as we head into an uncertain winter with numerous challenges on many fronts.
“The inclusiveness of the supports announced today – covering businesses small and large – will be extremely beneficial to the sector. A sector that provides a huge number of jobs, many of which are now more secure.
“The Government - and the Prime Minister herself, in her comments in New York yesterday - has singled out the vulnerability that energy costs are inflicting on the hospitality sector.
'Today’s announcement will give businesses some confidence to plan for immediate survival but we will not relent in our pursuit of a more comprehensive package to safeguard businesses and jobs.'
Kate finished, 'The levers of reduced VAT and business rates reliefs are still available to the Government, and there must also be a comprehensive package to ensure that there is no cliff edge when these measures fall away.'