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BHA calls for phasing of immigration curbs

A ten-year phased approach to reducing immigration from the EU, to allow time for the recruitment of UK workers, is a key plank of a ‘manifesto’ sent to the major political parties by the British Hospitality Association, the leading tourism trade body. The BHA, representing the UK’s fourth largest industry employing more than 4.5 million… Read more »

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Good ‘gluten free’ info is good for business

A new survey finds 25% of people on a gluten free diet were served foods containing gluten when eating out. The Food Standards Agency is backing a campaign by Coeliac UK launching 8 May 2017 to highlight what businesses can do to keep their customers safe – and increase loyalty. Coeliac UK estimate British food… Read more »

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BHA responds to news of the Mayor’s new London Food Board

BHA Chief Executive Ufi Ibrahim is one of the new members of the London Food Board and will serve a four-year term until 2020. Responding to the announcement of the new London Food Board Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The hospitality industry serves more than 8.3 billion meals each year… Read more »

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BHA responds to EFRA food waste report

EFRA Select Committee has published a report  on food waste. In it, it recommends that, “a large proportion of unnecessary waste in the hospitality sector is the result of large portion sizes and resulting waste left on customers’ plates. The incoming Government must work with the hospitality sector to encourage it to examine ways of… Read more »

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Ed Balls announced as Summit keynote speaker

Ed Balls will be the keynote speaker at the hospitality and tourism industry’s expanded annual summit which is being held on June 6, just two days before the general election. Politician – and Strictly dancer – Ed will give delegates his unique insight into what is a historic election campaign. The political scene will be… Read more »


BHA responds to the ‘barista visa’ proposal

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The BHA has already told the government that the Hospitality and Tourism industry needs to have access to an EU workforce for years after Brexit. We’ve indicated that this reliance should decline each year as more UK workers are recruited, but with UK unemployment so… Read more »


BHA Responds to ONS Report

Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, the industry trade body, said: “The ONS figures back up research from the BHA which show that hospitality and tourism, the fourth largest industry in the UK employing as a whole 4.5 million people, has up to 24 per cent of its workforce from the… Read more »


BHA Scotland response on Business Rates

‘BHA has been seeking clarification from Scottish Government about the detail of the cap on rates increases for 2017 / 2018. It is now clear that the Finance Secretary announced a cap of 12.5% in real terms before the application of an inflationary element. This means that the actual cash cap on rates increases will be… Read more »