AUTUMN STATEMENT: SCOTTISH HOSPITALITY GROUP CALLS ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO MATCH SUPPORT FOR HOSPITALITY


Commenting on the Autumn Statement, Stephen Montgomery, Director of the Scottish Hospitality Group said:

“Across the UK, many hospitality businesses are on the brink. The support announced for the hospitality industry by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement is welcome and gives English and Welsh pubs, hotels and restaurants a fighting chance at survival. The Scottish Government must now match this support for Scotland’s much-loved hospitality businesses. The survival of our jobs, our livelihoods and local venues across Scotland are on the line and depend on emergency support. “

“The reality is that Scottish hospitality is fighting for survival after a double economic punch. The hospitality sector was the hardest hit of any Scottish industry by the COVID-19 pandemic and our businesses still face the legacy of challenges created by the pandemic. The cost-of-living crisis and inflation has also seen the cost of doing business skyrocket, with energy prices and supplier costs going through the roof. The Scottish Government’s own figures show that the hospitality industry is struggling to recover.”

“For Scottish hospitality venues, it’s the decisions taken by the Scottish Government that matter. The Chancellor’s decision to extend 75% business rates relief for hospitality businesses in England must be at least matched by the Scottish Government at the Scottish Budget. There are just four weeks to save Scottish hospitality – we call on Shona Robison to rise to the challenge and give Scottish hospitality a lifeline.”

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