Leading hospitality lights gather for prestigious conference
Some of the top movers and shakers of the hospitality industry will gather this month for the annual Restaurant Conference in London.
It comes as the industry is still being buffeted by the after-effects of the pandemic, soaring inflation and rising energy costs.
Leading chefs and restaurateurs will gather at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on 22 September to discuss the state of the industry and future innovations.
The conference features keynote speeches from the leaders of McDonald’s UK & Ireland, Pizza Hut Restaurants and various panel discussions.
On the day topics will focus on:
- The size and shape of the market
- The evolution of brands
- Stars of the future
- People and culture
- Customer behaviour and attitudes
- Challenges and opportunities
- Technology solutions
- Finance and deals
The event comes after the hospitality industry appealed to the new Chancellor to support the sector.
Around 300 hospitality CEOs have signed a letter asking Kwasi Kwarteng to urgently deliver a package of support to help the sector as its costs are projected to increase by 238 per cent unless there is Government intervention.
Just Eat, Marriott International, Mitchells & Butlers, Pizza Hut UK, Caffè Nero and Merlin Entertainments are among the signatories, alongside dozens of smaller pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels in England, Scotland and Wales.
The letter proposes a five-point plan of action through to April 2023, with a review in early 2023.
- A 10 per cent headline VAT rate for hospitality
- A business rates holiday for all hospitality premises, with no caps applied
- Deferral of all environmental levies
- Reinstatement of a generous HMRC Time to Pay scheme
- Reintroduction of a trade credit insurance scheme for energy
UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, said: “The hospitality sector is critical to our national economic and social recovery and with support will be well placed to drive growth, generate jobs and invest in local communities. To achieve this, however, the new Government needs to act quickly to address the soaring energy costs that are strangling the sector.
“We are encouraged by talk of energy price freezes for families and businesses but this won’t be enough to save hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs in the sector.”
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