BHA News

Food waste initiative brings great success across hospitality businesses in Wales

The food waste reduction campaign ‘Your Business is Food, don’t throw it away’ has proven successful in informing target businesses on how best to combat food waste, following the implementation of a pilot scheme run by hospitality industry leaders, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and food sustainability experts WRAP Cymru. In partnership with WRAP Cymru,… Read more »

BHA Success – CMA opens an investigation into online booking sites

Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The BHA has had lengthy discussions with the CMA about consumer transparency and is delighted that the CMA is now opening an investigation into the behaviour of online hotel booking sites. Many of our members have been concerned about the vast power of online… Read more »

BHA comments on the Scottish Government’s ambition to combat obesity

Willie MacLeod, Executive Director for Scotland at the British Hospitality Association, said: “The BHA fully supports the Scottish Government’s ambition to combat obesity and our members are committed to making Scotland a Good Food Nation. To engage, businesses need workable, achievable goals and continuity of approach. “Our industry collectively serves many millions of meals every… Read more »

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 »