BHA News

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Compliance

We have received several member enquiries about PCI DSS compliance. Read on to understand what it is and what you need to do: PCI compliance is a framework that helps companies protect their customers’ cardholder data from theft or misuse. It means you are doing your best to ensure your customers data is safe and… Read more »

85% of British Hotels and Restaurants Fall Victim to Malicious and Fake Online Reviews

Hospitality businesses are increasingly worried about malicious and fake online reviews and many say that the reviews have been used to blackmail them. These figures are from a new survey by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), which includes the Restaurant Association, finding that 85% of hospitality businesses have been victim to fake online reviews intended… Read more »

Low Pay Commission recommendation for National Living Wage rate

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has the task of recommending increases to the National Living Wage (NLW) subject only to there being ‘sustained economic growth’. The objective is for the NLW to reach 60% of median earnings by April 2020. The LPC have forecast that, based on the most up to date data, the NLW… Read more »

Budget 2017 – Policy Overview

Key issues for the hospitality industry in the Chancellor’s first Autumn Budget included changes to Business Rates, a review of Tourism VAT, potential taxes on single use plastics, and a freeze in alcohol duty. For all questions, please contact Vernon Hunte, Government Affairs Director, vernon.hunte@bha.org.uk.   Business rates Due to increasing pressure from business, the Chancellor has… Read more »

BHA responds to the autumn Budget 2017

In response to the Budget Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today Ufi Ibrahim, the Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: Regarding the Chancellor’s announcement to explore new taxes on plastic waste: “We look forward to working with the government to reduce the use of single use plastics in the hospitality industry… Read more »

New regulation establishing measures to reduce acrylamide in food

The EU Commission have this week published a new regulation establishing measures to reduce acrylamide in food. These regulations enter into force on December 11th 2017, and from April 11th 2018, businesses will need to be able demonstrate that they have identified potential sources of acrylamide in their business, and have put in place measures to… Read more »

Autumn Budget 2017: BHA comments on business rates announcement

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The Chancellor’s announcement of an extension to the £1000 rate relief for small pubs is not nearly enough amounting, as it does, to £20 a week. The decision to review rates every three years, which the BHA has been calling for, is welcome but is… Read more »

Autumn Budget 2017: BHA suggests the Chancellor brings forward hospitality T-levels

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The Chancellor announced an additional £20 million to be spent on preparation for T-levels. As a first move he should bring forward hospitality T-levels from their delayed introduction in September 2022, after the UK has left the European Union. This would mean that UK students… Read more »