UKH welcomes respite grants amid Christmas slowdown

UKHospitality has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement of a fresh round
of grants, of up to £6k per premises.

The Chancellor has also committed to a top up of discretionary grant funding and the release of a £1.5bn package to support the supply chain.

The rent moratorium remains in place and commercial landlords have been asked to show patience with struggling hospitality tenants.

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality CEO, (pictured), said, “This is a generous package building on existing hospitality support measures to provide an immediate emergency cash injection for those businesses who, through no fault of their own, have seen their most valuable trading period annihilated.

“It will help to secure jobs and business viability in the short term, particularly among small businesses in the sector, and we particularly welcome the boost to funds for the supply chain and event and business catering companies so badly affected by the reintroduction of work from home guidelines.

“It is a generous top up emergency fund in addition to previous support and with a commitment from Ministers to prioritise hospitality and its supply chain in allocation of funds.'

Nicholls ended, 'There is now a real urgency in getting this funding to businesses so we urge local authorities to prioritise distribution of funds to make sure jobs and businesses are preserved through this difficult period.”