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Industrial strategy can provide stimulus for sector support, say trade bodies

The government’s industrial strategy can provide stimulus for the sector, industry trade bodies have said.

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The government’s progress on its industrial strategy should help provide the eating and drinking out sector with additional avenues to secure support and stimulate growth. Consolidating the numerous aims and pillars into five foundations should hopefully allow for a more holistic approach to support across businesses in a sector that incorporates numerous elements of industry and trade. This consolidated approach is one the ALMR has been pushing for with its calls for a hospitality champion and flexibility from the government. The government is clearly serious in its aims to make the UK the most productive country in the world – a great start would be to address the tax and regulatory burdens on a sector that creates one in six of all new jobs and pays £63bn in turnover.”

British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds added: “I welcome the industrial strategy, with its strong focus on places, people and the business environment. In particular the huge strategic importance of the food and drink sector is recognised, of which British beer and pubs are such a crucial part. It is essential high streets and new housing developments have access to pubs to provide leisure opportunities and great facilities for local people. The proposed partnership with industry, through a new Food & Drink Sector Council, is something we will fully engage in given it spans our whole industry, from grain to glass.”

 

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