ALMR calls on government to work collaboratively with businesses

ALMR chief executive, Kate Nicholls
14/07/2017 - 07:00
ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls has called on the government to ‘work collaboratively’ with the country’s eating and drinking out businesses following the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Nicholls wants to ensure a ‘efficient transition’ following the release of the bill, saying: “We hope that this can be the beginning of a productive period for the government that ultimately provides additional support and opportunities for the UK’s businesses.

“The ALMR will be liaising with the government to ensure that eating and drinking out businesses are represented and the valuable contribution the sector makes both economically and socially is factored into the government’s strategy for success.”

According to ALMR figures, the sector generates £63 billion in turnover and supports £1.6 million jobs.

Nicholls added: “Naturally, the bill deals with a wide range of complex issues that will necessitate a nuanced approach from the Government. It is vital that the government works closely with businesses and encourages collaborative working with employers, trade bodies and experts.

“It is imperative all necessary mechanisms for trading must be in place for the day that the UK leaves the EU.
 “There is an opportunity for the UK Government to empower businesses to grow and invest more, particularly with a VAT and excise duty regime that benefits eating and drinking out businesses. This can be most easily achieved if businesses are able to input into discussions around the legislation that directly affects them.”

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