Skip to main content

UKHospitality has launched a new Supplier Alliance to push for Government support to help hospitality supplier businesses

Providing a voice for businesses that have been affected by the closure of venues they supply throughout the pandemic, the Supplier Alliance has drawn on the membership base of UKHospitality thus far.

Being led by long term BII member, Clive Consterdine, the Alliance will work as a tool to push for Government support for suppliers working with operators, while the accompanying survey will ensure that the business network as a whole is reflected in future support.

Should Government support be discontinued to these businesses, hardship will be faced especially while the hospitality sector look towards reopening and rebuilding their stock levels.

At the BII, we recognise the need for our hospitality supplier businesses to be looked after, as well as our licensee members. 

UKHospitality says:

“The Supplier Alliance has been launched simultaneously with a survey to suppliers to ascertain the scale of the crisis facing supplier businesses and the urgent need for support. The results, once anonymised and collated, will be used to build and strengthen the case for Government support.”

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:

“The effect of the COVID-19 crisis has been acutely felt by hospitality businesses, and the impact is felt right across the sector. There are many associated businesses which rely on the sector for their livelihood and these have been hammered just as hard.

“Supplier businesses within hospitality are just as wide-ranging, varied and dynamic as the venues themselves. Our sector supports businesses as disparate as EPOS companies, licensing solicitors or even linen specialists. The shutdown of the hospitality sector has meant that all these businesses have been forced into hibernation as well.

“The Government has recognised the damage that pubs, restaurants, hotels, bars and nightclubs have suffered and have acted quickly and decisively to provide support and save jobs. There are many businesses integral to the hospitality sector, facing the same existential crisis and they need the Government’s support now.”

Click the link below to take part in the survey:
https://cgastrategy.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8xm6lcEg7jIzFdj


The core message for the Hospitality Suppliers Alliance is as follows:

We are seeking parity for hospitality suppliers with any sector specific support that the Government extends to hospitality operators.

  • We are contacting suppliers who derive the majority of their income from hospitality operators
  • Our objective is raise awareness in Government and with policy makers of the need to consider the wider effects of hospitality remaining closed for an extended period on companies involved in the supply chain to the sector – particularly if over 75 % of their annual revenue comes from the sector
  • We believe that Government needs to include suppliers in any extended state support specifically provided for hospitality. Effectively, support offered to hospitality must include the supply chain if the majority of their annual revenue comes from the sector.
  • This is essential to ensure that the supply chain is ready to support rebuilding the hospitality industry
  • If we can ask all suppliers their annual turnover derived from the hospitality sector, and the number of people employed, we can aggregate the number to add weight to our case

Clive Consterdine can be contacted on clive.consterdine@gmail.com

Our Trusted Marketplace Partners are an integral part of the wider BII team and we hope this initiative may provide some help and support in the short term. 

As we move forward, the priority is to support our pubs to reopen safely and economically at the earliest opportunity. 

 

As an actively growing membership organisation, the BII are working to support over 9,000 members and we look forward to working with you all to jointly support as many of the growing membership as possible.

>