Ufi Ibrahim, the Chief Executive, of the British Hospitality Association said: “We, as the association representing the hospitality and tourism industry in the UK, want to do everything to encourage people to choose a career in the UK’s fourth largest industry, and we are in favour of the National Living Wage and cannot condone any businesses breaking the law by not paying it.
Four out of five hospitality and tourism businesses are SMEs and are facing a raft of rising costs in a labour intensive industry threatening the very survival of what we call Business JAMs. With this in mind we have asked that in the Budget next month the Chancellor scrap the proposed massive rises in business rates, where some of our members are facing increases of 250 per cent, scrap the National Insurance Contribution for Under 25-year-olds and cut the rate of Tourism VAT in the UK, which is twice that in the rest of Europe.
The BHA also believe that NLW rate rises should not be decided by politicians but by the Low Pay Commission.
With this support the industry, which has been responsible for the creation of one in five of all jobs in the past five years, can continue to employ more people nationwide and contribute fully to a healthy economy.”