EP is delighted to support the call for a Minister of Hospitality and the petition being led by #seatatthetable. The industry plays such an important role in society and in daily life. It is important that the industry does have both a strong voice and representation. It has never been more visible and its importance more evident than during this pandemic. It is an industry that has really come together and begun to develop a strong voice but there is more that is needed and which can be done.
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In their own words:
“We are Seat at the Table. We are a group of young hospitality professionals who were encouraged to start a movement to drive support for the hospitality industry.
In parliament, representation for hospitality is currently split between two crowded government departments: the department for business, energy and industrial strategy and the department for digital, culture, media and sport. As the UK’s 3rd largest employer responsible for 3 million jobs directly and a further 1.8 million indirectly, our industry needs a clear and strong voice.
This year especially we have seen many examples of poorly thought out and disjointed thinking. Many of the restriction challenges we have faced might have been avoided if our representation in government had operational experience and a deeper understanding of the sector.
Our campaign showcases a broad range of hospitality venues throughout the country who feel strongly about this issue. Pubs and restaurants are more commonly referred to when the hospitality industry is discussed in the media or in parliament, but there are so many more elements that make up this wonderful industry. Hotels, cafés, bars and B&Bs are often overlooked in the narrative. We share a seat at our tables, we deserve a seat at the top table.
A petition calling for a Minister for Hospitality (click here) needs 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament. (It presently stands at 61,000)
Thank you for your time.”
Let’s together support this petition.