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Vital hospitality sector must be recognised as UK approaches Brexit

ALMR Press Notice 02.02.2017

Vital hospitality sector must be recognised

In response to the publishing of today’s Brexit white paper, the ALMR has urged the government to ensure that licensed hospitality businesses are guaranteed a clear voice in the proceeds.

The government has today published its white paper setting out the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union highlighting the vital contribution of hospitality-related services and goods such as travel, food and beverages.

ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The government’s white paper identifies the need to ensure that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union does not prompt a skills shortage in this country.

“The government must secure the right to remain for non-EU UK workers and ensure that any restrictions on travel avoid a labour shortage. Licensed hospitality is dependent on workers from the EU and any restrictions that undermine an employer’s ability to find the right staff could have consequences for pubs and bars, for the high street and for the wider economy.

“As the government approaches the task of removing us from the EU, it is vital that it is aware that any unduly restrictive bureaucratic controls or costs will undermine confidence, impede investment and see business lose money.”

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Notes for editors
1. The ALMR (Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers) is the only national trade body dedicated to representing the interests of licensed hospitality operators.
2. The ALMR’s membership – pub, club, bar and casual dining operators – run 23,000 outlets and employ over 650,000 employees, together they account for almost all managed pubs in the UK as well as leading casual dining chains and nightclubs.
3. Two-thirds of our members are small independent companies operating 50 outlets of fewer under their own branding, but our membership also includes some of the largest high street operators including: JD Wetherspoon, Spirit, Tragus and Carluccio’s, with well-known branded outlets such as: All Bar One, Slug & Lettuce, TGI Fridays and Harvester.
4. For more information please contact the office on 0208 579 2080 or visit www.almr.org.uk.