What is the British Hospitality Association?
The BHA is the leading representative organisation in the hospitality industry, representing hotels, restaurants and food service providers. We aim to deliver real returns for our members, positively championing the industry’s priorities through partnerships with government and with other associations and organisations.
History of the Association
The British Hospitality Association has been representing the hotel, restaurant and food service management industry for over 100 years and was originally established in 1907 as the Incorporated Hotel Keepers Association.
In 1910 it merged with a new and entirely separate organisation called Incorporated Association of Hotels and Restaurants, taking on the latter’s name.
In 1926 it became the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Great Britain, then the British Hotels and Restaurants Association in 1948 and the (ungrammatical) British Hotels, Restaurants and Caterers’ Association – after the merger with Caterers’ Association of Great Britain – in 1971.
It was re-named the British Hospitality Association in 1992. The Restaurant Association of Great Britain – which was launched in 1967 and supported by some of the industry’s leading independent restaurateurs – merged with the BHA in 2003. Now called The Restaurant Association, it retains its own identity as a trading division of the BHA.
The British Hospitality Association Today
With the input of our members and following extensive dialogue with the public sector, in 2010 we have identified five key areas on which we will lead industry action and drive change:
Economy – to champion a supportive fiscal environment for our industry to prosper in the context of global competition
Employment – to bridge the gap between education and industry to build a skilled workforce for hospitality
Intelligent regulation – advising government to reduce the burden of costly regulation at national and local levels
Sustainability – facilitating an industry-led effort to develop economic, social and environmental success in the short and longer term
Health – proactively shaping industry and public sector policy to enhance the wellness of our consumers
In brief, our aim is that, through our combined efforts, the association can bring tangible, long-lasting, positive benefits to every member’s business.