The government has launched a hospitality strategy to support the recovery of the sector, including a dedicated council to oversee its delivery. To take forward this strategy, BEIS is establishing a Hospitality Sector Council to develop and implement an action plan that will deliver these objectives and review progress in doing so.
Business minister Paul Scully has said he wanted young people to see hospitality as “a go-to option for long-term careers”. Initiatives will include bringing businesses together with universities to boost innovation as well as reducing the industry’s waste and plastic consumption.
To support the industry’s staffing shortage, the government will be highlighting opportunities in hospitality to jobseekers through the Department of Work and Pension’s dedicated work coaches. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is also understood to be in discussions with the Home Office on what can be done to support the immediate staffing shortage in the sector.
Recovery measures will include working with the government-owned British Business Bank and directly with lenders to support access to finance for hospitality firms so they can invest in their businesses.