Ahead of the Budget, HBAA Chair Lex Butler has asked the Chancellor to provide financial support to encourage people to build careers in the hospitality and events industry so that the UK can maintain its reputation for first class service.
“The industry now needs new talent more than ever. Following the Government’s post Brexit immigration plans, the shortfall of skilled staff is likely to increase still further in 2021.
“This comes at a time when the industry is under financial pressure as a consequence of cancellations linked to Coronavirus, while major venues may need to recruit more staff as a result of the introduction of Martyn’s law.
“This is a major industry that contributes substantially to the British economy. We’re working hard to recruit more UK based talent to build careers in this sector but we’ll not be able to replace all the migrant workers by the time the regulations come into place.
“Financial incentives and support are vital to attract people of all ages into this sector and to train them. It’s now urgent.”