Hospitality strategy: reopening, recovery, resilience

A new strategy to ensure England’s pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues can thrive long-term and adapt to consumer demands has been launched by Business Minister Paul Scully.

A healthy hospitality sector is vital to the UK economy and to communities up and down the country. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on a sector that exists to bring people together.

The government’s hospitality strategy represents an important milestone in the reopening, recovery and longer-term resilience of the hospitality sector from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will ensure the hospitality sector is well placed to reach its full potential and contribute to the UK government’s ambitious overall plans for growth, levelling up and environmental sustainability.

You can read the full document here.

The government is also setting out ways to help the sector improve its resilience, including by making hospitality a career option of choice, boosting creativity, and developing a greener sector. Measures include:

  • exploring options for vocational skills and training that support careers in the sector, including apprenticeships, bootcamps and other qualifications like a T-Level, and working with the sector to raise the profile of careers in hospitality
  • supporting innovation and productivity by using the government’s Help to Grow programmes to strengthen the sector’s digital and management skills, and bringing hospitality businesses together with universities and other innovators to support the next generation of hospitality start-ups
  • helping the sector reduce emissions, including by cutting waste and single-use plastic consumption

This comes as the £150 million Community Ownership Fund launched yesterday, giving people across the UK the chance to run local pubs at risk of closure as community-owned businesses. Communities in all 4 nations will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched funding.