BHA News

Secretary of State seeks to reassure industry leaders over availability of labour after Brexit

Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, on Tuesday (10 October) sought to allay the hospitality industry’s fears over Brexit, when she spoke at the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) annual Hospitality day reception in Parliament. Mrs Bradley said the government was listening to industry concerns over the shortage of EU workers. She said: “I’ve heard you, I… Read more »

BHA responds to ROI Finance Minister announcement on the Tourism VAT rate

At the Republic of Ireland’s Budget announcement on 10th October, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe declared tourism a “national success story” and decided to retain the temporary lower Tourism VAT rate of 9% for another year. Mr Donohoe said that the decision was influenced by uncertainties relating to Brexit and the weak pound in relation to… Read more »

FSA updates advice about eating eggs

Commenting on the update on advice for eating eggs from FSA, Dr Lisa Ackerley, BHA Food Safety Expert, said: “We are pleased that the FSA has now finally endorsed the advice that vulnerable groups are able to eat runny eggs as long as they are British Lion branded eggs. This change does not apply to non-British eggs or duck… Read more »

Scheme to avert Brexit staff crisis will come too late, warns BHA

Plans to encourage more British people to consider a career in hospitality and tourism post Brexit have been hampered by the government’s decision to delay introducing new technical qualifications in England for the industry until a year and a half after the anticipated end of free of movement, say the British Hospitality Association.. Ufi Ibrahim,… Read more »

Hospitality industry concerned about possible Welsh tourism tax

Commenting on the possibility of a Welsh tourism tax coming in to force, Anthony Rosser, chair of the British Hospitality Association in Wales, said: “We think that a specific tourism tax is a bad idea for Wales and its successful visitor economy. We already have very real worries over the recent “cauldron of costs” that have… Read more »

National Standard for Food Hygiene Comes in to Force

The first country-wide assured catering hygiene advice and protection takes effect in England from 1st October 2017 as new Primary Authority legislation comes into force. Primary Authority enables businesses to form a statutory partnership with one local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other local regulators to follow when carrying out inspections… Read more »

BHA respond to the Prime Ministers speech in Florence

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “KPMG research, commissioned by the BHA, shows that the hospitality industry, the UK’s fourth largest, is highly reliant on EU workers, with shortfalls of up 1 million workers predicted after 10 years if EU migration was to be… Read more »

BHA responds to Uber ban

Responding to the announcement that Transport for London has refused to renew Uber’s licence to operate in London, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said:  “London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan hit the nail on the head when he said:  “all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high… Read more »

Inbound tourism numbers remain positive

Data from the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Travel Monitor has shown that while total passengers numbers have increased 6% year on year for the month of July, inbound tourism has seen a slowdown in growth from the 13% increase in the first four months of 2017. The BHA’s Travel Monitor showed continued, albeit slower growth,… Read more »

Tourism coalition responds to Scottish Government announcement on Barclay Review recommendations

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) welcome Finance Minister, Derek Mackay’s response to the Barclay Review and are hugely encouraged by his recommendations for the forthcoming draft budget outlined in Parliament today. The coalition has campaigned heavily for a review of the business rates… Read more »