BHA News

BHA comments on FDF ‘Breaking the chain’ report

Commenting on the Food and Drink Federation ‘Breaking the chain’ workforce report, Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The findings of this survey strengthen those of our KPMG report published in March which highlighted that Britain’s hospitality industry could face staffing shortfalls of up to 60,000 people per year after Brexit…. Read more »

BHA responds to the Report of the Barclay Review of Business Rates

Speaking about the publication of the Barclay Review of Business Rates, Willie MacLeod, BHA Executive Director Scotland, said: “We welcome that the Barclay Review recognises the current Business Rates system does not work for the hospitality industry which saw unsustainably large increases at the 2017 revaluation of up to 400%. Our industry is typified by… Read more »

Inbound visitor numbers bounce back

Data from the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Travel Monitor has shown inbound passengers in June returned to growth increasing 7.4% year-on-year, a significant improvement on the 2% decrease year-on-year for May. However this growth is still below the 13% growth seen in the first four months of 2017. The BHA’s Travel Monitor showed continued growth… Read more »

BHA responds to the warehouse fire in Blochairn Fruit Market in Glasgow

Willie Macleod, Scottish Executive Director of the British Hospitality Association, said: “Any disruption to supplies of fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, fish – and flowers) will have an impact on hospitality businesses and caterers, as well as retailers – many of whom rely on daily deliveries. Although the impact of this serious fire may not be… Read more »

7 years after the start of the 2010 Rating List, over 20,000 businesses rates appeals in the hospitality sector remain outstanding

The British Hospitality Association and business rates specialist Altus have discovered that there are 20,490 hospitality business rate appeals still outstanding from the 2010 Valuation List. Businesses are also struggling to deal with increases in rates as a result of the revaluation of commercial properties earlier this year and have to navigate the Valuation Office’s online… Read more »

Important update on Fipronil in eggs

Please be advised of the statement below, released by The Food Standard Agency (FSA), regarding the investigations into Fipronil in eggs:   Investigations into the Fipronil incident in Europe continue. We have now established that more eggs from affected farms than previously identified came to the UK. It is very unlikely that these eggs pose… Read more »

BHA comments on the Office for National Statistics NEET figures

  Commenting figures released by the Office for National Statistics, which showed there has been an increase of 13.6% since last year in the number of 16-24 year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET), Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive at the BHA, said: “Our sector is entering a period of transition; as the flow of labour from Europe… Read more »

APPG for the Visitor Economy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is to launch an inquiry into the impact of the digital economy. The inquiry which will start in October after summer recess will take expert evidence on the impact of digital economy on the industry with a focus on the sharing economy, online reviews sites and online… Read more »

BHA responds to ONS unemployment figures

Ufi Ibrahim, the chief executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “With UK unemployment at its lowest since 1975 it is crucial that the UK continues to have access to European workers after Brexit. Hospitality and tourism is the fourth largest industry in the UK employing 4.6 million people, and since 2010 has created 1… Read more »