A new Hotel Council to guide the sector’s recovery


  • Leading experts, companies and entrepreneurs gathered to help implement the government’s hospitality strategy
  • the strategy is helping hotel businesses reopen, recover and become more resilient after the pandemic, including through outdoor dining and take-out pints
  • the board is meeting for the first time today and includes Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, Colin Hill, CEO of Nando for UK and Ireland, and Nisha Katona from Mowgli.

A team of industry experts has been assembled to help England’s pubs, restaurants and cafes thrive, Business Minister Paul Scully announced today (Wednesday 29 September).

The Hospitality Sector Council is made up of experts who represent a representative sample of the sector, to support the implementation of the government’s hospitality strategy. The board will identify and oversee actions related to the 22 commitments of the strategy, create sound solutions using its specialist knowledge, and assess the strength of the sector.

The board is co-chaired by Minister Scully and hospitality entrepreneur and president of Prezzo Karen Jones. The first council meeting takes place today.

Board members include UK Hospitality CEOKate Nicholls, Emma McClarkin of the British Beer and Pub Association, Colin Hill, Managing Director of Nando UK & Ireland, Nick MacKenzie, Managing Director of Greene King, Alex Rayner, Managing Director of Starbucks UK and Nisha Katona by Mowgli.

Small Business Minister Paul Scully said:

The hospitality industry has shown incredible creativity and ingenuity throughout the pandemic, moving towards new ways of doing business like alfresco dining and take-out pints to stay safe. , respond to changing consumer demands and protect livelihoods.

With the launch of this council, we are taking a new step in the journey to better rebuild after the pandemic by unveiling the experts who will be behind the reopening, recovery and resilience of the sector. It’s a real “Avengers Assemble” moment for the industry.

Entrepreneur and Hospitality Sector Council Co-Chair Karen Jones said:

I think that the confinements have shown us a lot of things, in particular the importance of our collaborators and our teams and the key role that hospitality must play in the lighting of our shopping streets and our city centers. We must now capitalize on our combined energy, creativity and innovation to continue to build a world-class hospitality industry: the Hospitality Sector Council will help us make this a reality.

I am honored to be co-chair alongside Minister Scully and, along with a group of hospitality leaders, put in place everything our wonderful industry needs to thrive.

The hotel strategy supports the reopening, recovery and resilience of the sector following the pandemic. This includes making it easier for pubs, restaurants and cafes to offer alfresco dining by making pavement licenses permanent and extending take-out pints in England and Wales until September 2022 to further stimulate consumers. sales.

The strategy also sets out ways to help the sector grow and stimulate its creativity, including exploring vocational skills and training options such as apprenticeships, bootcamps and other qualifications like a T-level.

Since the strategy launched on July 16, progress includes:

  • the national team of employers and partners creating a steering group to find vacant positions in reception and help employers fill them. The Department of Work and Pensions has also filled vacant positions using its work coaches and Plan for Jobs programs, including the Kickstart and sectoral Work Academy programs (TRADES)
  • the Ministry of Education adds hospitality and catering qualifications to free employment courses. This offers adults without Level 3 qualifications a range of free courses which now include food and drink supervision, professional cooking, baking and confectionery.

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Today’s announcement builds on the Plan for Jobs – the government’s plan to protect, support and create jobs across the UK and help people get the skills they need to work through to programs such as Kickstart, apprenticeships and internships.

Notes to Editors

The members of the board are:

  • Minister of Business, Paul Scully (co-chair)
  • Hospitality Manager and President of Prezzo, Karen Jones (Co-President)
  • UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls
  • British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) Executive Director, Emma McClarkin
  • British Hospitality Institute (BII) CEO, Steve Alton
  • The National Association of Caterers (NCASS) Managing Director, Nick Summers
  • Association of small independent brewers (SIBA) CEO, James Calder
  • PLC Restaurant Group CEO, Andy Hornby
  • UK and Northern Ireland from Nando CEO, Colin Hill
  • Limewood Hotels Ltd. President and CEO, Robin Hutson
  • Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC CEO, Simon Emeny
  • Green King CEO, Nick MacKenzie
  • Group of revolution bars CEO, Rob Pitcher
  • Turtle Bay, Caravan Restaurants and FlightClub Darts Chair, Jane O’Riordan
  • Nightclub and Events Entrepreneur, Rich McGinnis
  • Founder and Founder of Mowgli Street Food CEO, Nisha KatonaMBE
  • Co-founder andCEO, Hawksmoor President, Rockfish Restaurants, Will Beckett
  • Vice President and General Manager of Starbucks UK, Austria and Switzerland, Alex Rayner
  • Vice President Deliveroo, Consumers, Emma Simmonds
  • Burger King United Kingdom CFO, Tim Doubleday
  • Budweiser Brewing Group UK, Ireland, Spain and Canary Islands Chairman, Paula Lindenberg
  • Westbury Street Holdings Ltd President and CEO, Alastair Storey

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