UKHC says use funding boost to save hospitality businesses & jobs

UKHospitality Cymru (UKHC) has called for Welsh Government to use new Treasury support finance of £227m to provide emergency backing for the threatened hospitality businesses and jobs in Wales that need it most.

UKHospitality Cymru Executive Director, David Chapman said, “We live in dark days at the moment- a very dangerous time for the spread of COVID. Today’s Treasury announcement reflects that serious position but also recognises that our beleaguered businesses are once again forced to close for a precarious third lockdown period.

“Until now UKHC’s appeals for survival funding have been positively listened to by Welsh Government. Now we need to see the consequential payments in Wales allocated to our industry in full and, critically, getting to the key businesses and the supply chains they sustain.'

Chapman continued, “They need this help desperately. While furlough has been vital, it has also meant larger hospitality employers have had to pay 20 per cent of wages for months of enforced closure. Reserves are gone, borrowing is high and the future is perilous.

“Substantial investment now would yield major returns for the economy when conditions improve. Let’s also keep our eyes on the future and build together a spring springboard for strategic recovery, for the hospitality industry’s survival, reopening, protection, growth and future prosperity in 2021and the years to come.'

Chapman concluded, “Put hospitality at the heart of Wales’ economic recovery. Make our industry one of the five new shining beacons of the Wales economy. Give us the status and the supportive investment that the industry needs to build.”