UKH welcomes £185m funds Scottish firms but additional action needed

UKHospitality Scotland has acknowledged the new package of support for businesses but reiterated that longer-term action will be needed to ensure the survival of the hospitality sector.

The Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced that a £185m package of targeted support will be made available.

Executive Director Willie Macleod (pictured) said, “The additional support from the Scottish Government will provide much-needed support for businesses that are being seriously hard-pressed at the minute. We appreciate that resources are finite and that the Scottish Government has acknowledged the fact that we are being hit harder than any other sector.

“We look forward to working with them to quickly reach an agreement as to how these funds can be best used to support our industry. These are businesses that are in many cases, barely clinging on, piling up huge debts and struggling to meet operating costs.'

Macleod continued, 'Restrictions are making it increasingly difficult for businesses to trade at what should be the busiest time of the year. In a few short weeks’ time we will be into the New Year and a traditionally quiet period for our businesses. We will need to ensure that support is delivered where it is needed most.

“Beyond that, if we expect to see hospitality businesses trade themselves out of trouble and back into a position to begin rebuilding the economy, we will need longer term action. The business rates holiday for the sector must be extended along with the VAT cut.'

Macleod concluded, 'The Scottish Government must also make sure that it provides the resources to enable the recommendations of the Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce to be implemented in full.'