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Campaign grows for Hospitality Minister

A petition calling for a Minister of Hospitality is gathering momentum and has already attracted over 200,000 signatures, as part of The Seat At The Table campaign. The campaign is being backed by a number of high-profile industry figures including the founder of British Curry Awards, Enam Ali MBE, TV chefs Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett, hotelier and entrepreneur Robin Hutson, and trade association UK Hospitality.

Campaign champion Tom Kerridge, said: “A Hospitality Minister would be a vital step forward for our industry by ensuring we have one single respected voice at the highest possible level in government. We have seen during this pandemic that proper well-informed representation would be invaluable.”

Angela Hartnett, added: “Hospitality is the third biggest employer in the UK, representing over three million people. We need someone in the seat of government to speak for us: from the local coffee shop to your local pub, the many hotels, the huge number of restaurants and all of the events. We need someone who understands our businesses and how we work.”

Mr. Hutson said: “I’ve long held the view that the hospitality sector requires really focused representation in government. This is about the future of our industry and the campaign and petition showcase the strength of feeling across the country on this issue. Hospitality is a sector that deserves a seat at the top table.”

He is supported by Enam Ali who added, “The hospitality sector as a whole needs clear representation and our voices to be heard. The government needs to recognize the integral value of the hospitality sector to the UK.”

Unlike manufacturing, retail and aviation, there is currently no Government minister responsible solely for hospitality. Instead, representation for the sector is split between two busy government departments: the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS).

The Seat At The Table campaign argues that as the UK’s third-largest employer, responsible for a further 1.8 million jobs through its supply chain and generator of over £40billion in annual tax receipts, the time is long overdue for a clear and strong voice at the highest levels of government. A Hospitality Minister would be a vital step forward for the industry ensuring it has a single respected voice at the highest possible level in government.

A number of MPs have already supported the idea of a Minister for Hospitality. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to meet with his Conservative Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Labour Markets, Paul Scully, to discuss the petition.

A petition calling for a Minister of Hospitality is gathering momentum and has already attracted over 200,000 signatures, as part of The Seat At The Table campaign. The campaign is being backed by a number of high-profile industry figures including the founder of British Curry Awards, Enam Ali MBE, TV chefs Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett, hotelier and entrepreneur Robin Hutson, and trade association UK Hospitality.

Campaign champion Tom Kerridge, said: “A Hospitality Minister would be a vital step forward for our industry by ensuring we have one single respected voice at the highest possible level in government. We have seen during this pandemic that proper well-informed representation would be invaluable.”

Angela Hartnett, added: “Hospitality is the third biggest employer in the UK, representing over three million people. We need someone in the seat of government to speak for us: from the local coffee shop to your local pub, the many hotels, the huge number of restaurants and all of the events. We need someone who understands our businesses and how we work.”

Mr. Hutson said: “I’ve long held the view that the hospitality sector requires really focused representation in government. This is about the future of our industry and the campaign and petition showcase the strength of feeling across the country on this issue. Hospitality is a sector that deserves a seat at the top table.”

He is supported by Enam Ali who added, “The hospitality sector as a whole needs clear representation and our voices to be heard. The government needs to recognize the integral value of the hospitality sector to the UK.”

Unlike manufacturing, retail and aviation, there is currently no Government minister responsible solely for hospitality. Instead, representation for the sector is split between two busy government departments: the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS).

The Seat At The Table campaign argues that as the UK’s third-largest employer, responsible for a further 1.8 million jobs through its supply chain and generator of over £40billion in annual tax receipts, the time is long overdue for a clear and strong voice at the highest levels of government. A Hospitality Minister would be a vital step forward for the industry ensuring it has a single respected voice at the highest possible level in government.

A number of MPs have already supported the idea of a Minister for Hospitality. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to meet with his Conservative Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Labour Markets, Paul Scully, to discuss the petition.