The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have announced a merger to create a new industry body called UKHospitality, which will provide a new voice for the UK’s £130bn hospitality sector.
UKHospitality will cover coffee shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment and visitor attractions.
It will speak for these combine industries on the big strategic, structural and regulatory issues and deliver policies to support its growth.
The merger will give a voice to over 700 companies, 65,000 venues and 2m workers.
Following the announcement, the ALMR and the BHA have revealed that the sector is forecast to grow by 4.3%, generating 19,000 additional jobs by 2020. UKHospitality’s objective will be to deliver policies to help drive and secure this opportunity.
“This sector is a vital, dynamic economic powerhouse whose importance is clear in our communities, our high streets and our everyday lives,” says UKHospitality proposed CEO-elect Kate Nicholls.
“It is one of our fastest growing, most productive industries and last year it delivered 1 in 8 of all new jobs. Faced with unprecedented political and regulatory pressures, now more than ever it requires the strongest and most effective voice within government.
“UKHospitality will be that vital voice and I am relishing the prospect of working with members to deliver both strong and connected relationships with government and a shared ambition to reshape the future of hospitality.”
The proposals have been recommended to members and an extraordinary general meeting will be held in February to approve them.