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10th November 2023

Chefs join forces to call for ‘urgent Government action’ in Autumn Statement

Written by: Edward Waddell
Chefs including Tom Kerridge, Tom Aikens and Monica Galetti have joined forces with a host of leading hospitality chief executives to back a letter asking the Chancellor to freeze business rates and extend the current relief package at the Autumn Statement.

The letter, created by industry body UKHospitality, calls for continued support as the UK’s hospitality industry faces the potential of an additional £1Bn business rates bill next April, unless the Chancellor freezes business rates and extends the current relief package at the Autumn Statement.

The letter also calls for longer-term structural reform – of the apprenticeship levy, of VAT and a broader overhaul of business rates – that would help to equip the hospitality sector to do what it does best – drive economic growth, help to put the brakes on inflation, increase social mobility and get many more people into work.

Kerridge said: “The hospitality industry has taken a battering in recent years, yet pubs, bars and restaurants all across the nation continue to go above and beyond to provide memorable and outstanding experiences to everyone that comes through the door. As an industry this is what we love to do.

“The stark reality for many businesses, however, is that with rising costs and ongoing challenges time is running out and without further support from Government they will shut their doors. That’s why I fully support the calls being made by UKHospitality to the Chancellor in this letter.”