Call on all in our industry to support – A DEDICATED MINISTER FOR HOSPITALITY – from Harry Murray MBEHarry Murray MBE, Chairman of Lucknam Park Hotel
DEDICATED MINISTER FOR HOSPITALITY – 15 October 2020
For those on social media you may have seen a Petition initiated by Claire Bosi from Chef & Restaurant Magazine to create a Minister for Hospitality.
As you know we are the country’s third largest employer with 3.2M directly employed and 2.8M indirectly (9% of UK Jobs) contributing £39 BN in direct gross taxes and £24BN worth of tourism visitor spend. Surely, we deserve a voice at the Cabinet table of Government.
As many businesses struggle due to the pandemic crisis, we will never have a better opportunity to make a stand for this important appointment. For many years the BHA and now UK Hospitality have challenged Government to explain why we don’t have a dedicated Minister for Hospitality.
Kate Nicholls CEO of UK Hospitality has worked tirelessly during the past year, but she is a lone voice talking to politicians who have varying views on the hospitality industry. Rishi Sunak is the only Minister to demonstrate his appreciation and value of hospitality to the economy.
The Government must show leadership and support hospitality businesses by creating a role of Hospitality Minister to ensure transparent and useful engagement with hospitality leaders and help promote growth and the sector’s interests.
To be considered by politicians to debate this petition in Parliament we need at least 100,000 signatures. Considering the number of businesses in serious financial difficulties the high number of redundancies and the threat of more restrictions it is disappointing that only 22,000 have signed the petition.
I therefore plead with all leaders in hospitality to support this petition and encourage all your team members, your customers, suppliers, friends and family and your local MP to sign the petition to ensure there is a debate.
Make it easy for them to sign by using the QR or the link attached to this letter. By delivering a high number of signatures politicians will be forced to take note because as an industry we are in a position to make a huge impact on the next election.
Harry Murray MBE MI FIH
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
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