BHA News

BHA comments on the Taylor Review

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, which represents 46,000 businesses in hospitality and tourism, said: “We are pleased that the Taylor Review has recognised that zero hour contracts are welcomed by many workers as well as employers for their flexibility. The review talks of minimum wage increases for people on zero hour… Read more »

Hospitality could create more than 500,000 new jobs in the next five years

The hospitality industry’s contribution to the UK economy has grown faster than any other sector since the economic downturn in 2008 and new research predicts that over 500,000 new jobs could be created in hospitality in the next five years. Labour productivity in the sector has grown at more than double the growth rate of… Read more »

BHA forms strategic partnership with Flexy to support 10-year employment strategy

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has announced a new partnership with Flexy, to support their 10-year staffing strategy. The BHA’s 10-year plan outlines several core areas of focus to minimise the potential employment impact that the UK leaving the EU will have on staffing levels within the hospitality sector. Flexy will work in partnership with… Read more »

BHA comments on cybercrime

Commenting on cybercrime Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “There are over 200,000 hospitality and tourism businesses operating in the UK and 97% of these are SMEs employing fewer than 50 people. Operating in today’s highly volatile and uncertain environment, these SMEs are having to keep pace with constant change in one of… Read more »

BHA comments on the Prime Minister’s offer of ‘settled status’

Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “The Prime Minister’s offer of ‘settled status’ will be a relief to the hundreds of thousands of eligible Europeans working in the hospitality and tourism industry. The BHA recently presented a plan to the government outlining how the industry would recruit more UK workers and to reduce… Read more »

BHA and Cut Tourism VAT Campaign Chairman responds to Conservative-DUP deal

In response to the announcement that as part of the Conservative-DUP deal, a detailed consultative report will be commissioned into the impact of Tourism VAT on Northern Ireland, Dermot King, Chairman of the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT, says: “The commitment to consult on the impact of Tourism VAT in the DUP-Conservative deal shows the… Read more »

BHA responds to Queen’s Speech

In a pared-back Queen’s Speech on 21 June, Theresa May’s Government set out its legislative agenda for the next two years. The speech focused on Britain’s future outside the European Union with a focus on industries such as agriculture and fishing, along with the Great Repeal Bill and an Immigration Bill. A Travel Protection Bill… Read more »

Appointment of John Glen MP as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism

The British Hospitality Association welcomes the appointment of John Glen MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Arts, Heritage and Tourism. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond from July 2016 until June 2017 and previously worked for Eric Pickles and Sajid Javid. His ministerial responsibilities include:… Read more »

Inbound tourist numbers increase by 42%

The number of holiday visitors to the UK from abroad in April 2017 rose by 42% year on year, according to the British Hospitality Association’s Travel Monitor. The increase was driven by 17% growth in passengers from Europe although the data shows strong growth across all regions. Spending by overseas visitors increased 20% year on… Read more »