A petition asking for a Minister for Hospitality currently has just over half of the required 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament.
Hospitality is the third largest employer in the UK yet there is no Minister for Hospitality in government. Over 3 million are employed by the sector and a further 2m dependant on it, there is £130bn in activity resulting in £38bn in taxation. This sector needs a seat at the highest table of government, as so many enjoy a seat at the tables of hundreds of restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars throughout the UK.
A dedicated minister would be the champion and guardian of hospitality in parliament, promoting the importance of the economic, social and employment contribution; be fully invested and have deep understanding of this complex industry; drive cohesive thinking and strategy at the top table inclusive of all sub sectors and advance the status of hospitality and tourism.
A group of management trainees within Home Grown Hotels have created ‘Seat at the Table’; an online campaign to inform people of the petition and its importance to not only the hospitality industry, but the nation as a whole.
The Institute of Hospitality support this campaign and encourage all our members in the UK to sign the petition and take the following steps if you haven’t done so already:
- Contact your staff and suppliers to encourage them to sign the petition, follow Seat at the Table’s social media accounts and spread the message to their friends, family, and contacts.
- Contact your client database to ask them to support your business by signing the petition and following Seat at the Table’s social media accounts.
- If you would like to be actively involved with the campaign, we would like you to share your story with Seat at the Table regarding how important a minister for hospitality is to your business. You will need to send them an ariel view of a table of two in your venue, a short paragraph in your own words and your Instagram/Twitter/Facebook name – and the Seat at the Table team will do the rest.