BHA News

Jim Cathcart appointed Director of Policy and Regulation

UKHospitality is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Cathcart to the role of Director of Policy and Regulation. Jim joins UKHospitality from the British Beer and Pub Association where he worked for 10 years as a Senior Policy Advisor and Policy Manager specialising in a wide range of subjects including: licensing, planning and copyright…. Read more »

UKHospitality responds to the latest government bid to cut plastic waste

Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste. The move follows multiple positive initiatives from the hospitality industry to reduce waste and environmental impact, but with the swift move for an out-right ban there are now concerns over adding to the mounting… Read more »

Christine Jardine MP calls for a reduction on tourism VAT

UKHospitality has today (Friday) stated its support for Christine Jardine MP’s call for a reduction on tourism VAT, in Scotland and across the UK. Ms Jardine announced her call for a reduction to 5% VAT in the sector. Welcoming the proposal, UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, said: “Tourism in Scotland is already worth £11 billion, 4.5%… Read more »

Business rates retention deflects from focus on need for system reform

UKHospitality has responded to today’s report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The economic research institute’s study found the 147 English councils piloting 100% business rates retention could gain around £873m in extra funding in 2018-19. Commenting on its findings, UKHospitality’s CEO, Kate Nicholls, said: “Today’s IFS report signposts possible financial gains for… Read more »

BBPA and UKHospitality publish employment guidance with Acas

Today the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and UKHospitality have published guidance to assist employers in the sector throughout the employment process. The guidance takes employers from the stage of recruiting a new employee to ending the employment relationship, and has been developed in combination with Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). The document… Read more »

UKHospitality launches its first industry event under new branding

UKHospitality has unveiled its new logo – a symbol of the modernity and dynamism of the newly merged association – as part of its announcement of its inaugural event for the industry, Shaping the Future. To be held on Monday 9 July and hosted by Principal Hotel Company at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London,… Read more »

UKHospitality provides interim guidance for industry on new Acrylamide legislation brought into force today

UKHospitality has published interim guidance to help catering businesses identify and implement measures to reduce acrylamide levels in food following new legislation which comes into force today, 11th April. The regulation requires food businesses to identify potential sources of acrylamide and demonstrate that they have taken appropriate action to reduce the levels of acrylamide according… Read more »

Hospitality sector to tackle packaging waste with industry event

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality will spearhead the sector’s efforts to tackle packaging waste with a sector-wide packaging event. Unpack the Future of Hospitality will bring together hospitality businesses, suppliers, parliamentarians and other hospitality supporters to educate, inform and share best practice on reducing packaging waste. The event will continue the efforts… Read more »

UK Government announce plans to introduce a Soft Drinks Industry Levy

In the 2016 budget, the UK Government announced its plans to introduce a levy on soft drinks in an effort to reduce sugar consumption and promote healthier lifestyles for children. Producers and importers of soft drinks will be charged the levy on liable products from April 2018. For information on the Soft Drinks Industry Levy,… Read more »

Deposit scheme must not increase hospitality burden

UKHospitality has warned the Government not to increase costs or restrictions for hospitality businesses through any proposed deposit scheme and called on it to create an opt-out for business where drinks are sold on the premises. The Government has today announced its intention to introduce a deposit scheme for single-use glass and plastic bottles and… Read more »