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Scottish Affairs MPs to examine health of Scotland’s hospitality sector following Brexit and pandemic

13 April 2021

The Scottish Affairs Committee will meet representatives from Scotland’s hospitality industry to examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit on the sector.

Pre-pandemic, hospitality was Scotland’s third largest employer, providing 285,000 jobs and supporting 72,000 more contributing £6bn to the economy. However, the sector has been hit by loss of income since coronavirus struck with UKHospitality estimating a drop in trade of more than 60% from 2019 to 2020.

Meanwhile, Brexit has created difficulties for industry suppliers, particularly fisheries, and in holding on to staff.

Subjects likely to be covered in the evidence session are:

  • financial and employment impacts of lockdowns on Scottish hospitality and UK and Scottish Government support for the sector
  • concerns about reopening of the hospitality businesses
  • preparations for COP26 and sector sustainability.

Witnesses

Thursday 15 April

At 11.30am

  • Stephen Montgomery, spokesperson, Scottish Hospitality Group
  • Willie Macleod, Executive Director in Scotland, UKHospitality
  • Frank Whitaker, Chair, Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Paul Togneri, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Beer & Pub Association

Further information

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