NEWS FROM THE ALMR Expert Insights
JOINT INDUSTRY EVENT ON RECRUITMENT & RETENTION SETS OUT OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), People 1st and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), and the british Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) today hosted ‘Recruiting and retaining talent in your pub business’, an event aimed at helping businesses navigate upcoming changes to the Apprenticeship Levy, National Minimum Wage and Brexit.
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls, who made the opening remarks of the afternoon session, said:
“With the publication today of the government’s Brexit white paper and forthcoming wage and property cost increases, licensed hospitality businesses are looking for some stability and guidance. Today’s event has provided our members, the BII’s members, the BBPA’s members and the wider sector with the support and leadership they require to address these challenges and continue to grow.
“Today’s event is also a fantastic example of joint working across an industry that is vital to the UK’s economy. We are speaking with one voice to address the sector’s challenges; challenges that have too often gone overlooked by the government.”
British Institute of Innkeeping Managing Director Mike Clist added:
“Today’s event has provided licensees with valuable advice that will ensure that they are best placed to achieve their potential. If pubs are to continue to evolve and succeed they need the right training and qualifications in place to achieve success.
Recruiting the best possible staff members and encouraging them to grow will also enable us to counter the perception that we are a low-skilled sector and show the government that we are essential to the wider economy.”
Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive told delegates of the importance of attracting and retaining talent in the pub sector. Training for staff, she argued, is a vital part of ensuring that workforces remain motivated and enthused. Mrs Simmonds also addressed some of the
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VITAL HOSPITALITY SECTOR MUST BE RECOGNISED AS UK APPROACHES BREXIT
In response to the publishing of today’s Brexit white paper, the ALMR has urged the government to ensure that licensed hospitality businesses are guaranteed a clear voice in the proceeds.
Kate Nicholls ALMR Chief Executive
The government has recently published its white paper setting out the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union highlighting the vital contribution of hospitality-related services and goods such as travel, food and beverages.
challenges the industry will face in the coming months, from the Apprenticeship Levy, business rates revaluation and increases in the National Minimum Wage, all representing new cost pressures in 2017:
“I am very pleased that the BBPA is working with the ALMR, BII and People 1st in an area that is so vital to the success of our industry.
“2017 will see challenges for our industry, with new cost pressures from the National Living Wage, business rates revaluation and the Apprenticeship Levy, and it’s important that businesses are prepared.”
Brigid Simmonds also addressed Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and spoke of the potential opportunities for British businesses, particularly around exports. Also, the importance in the Brexit negotiations of securing the labour and skills the sector needs was underlined:
“In initial findings from a BBPA member survey, 27 per cent of BBPA members’ workforce are from overseas, and this rises to 40% and more in metropolitan areas. Kitchen staff are a particular area of concern, and there is a need to avoid any ‘cliff edge’, as mentioned by the Prime Minister in her recent speech.”
Brigid reiterated that the BBPA will be working with Government to get clarity on overseas workers’ rights as Brexit progresses.
Welcoming People 1st to the stage, delegates heard the importance of using apprenticeships to “maximise their levy investment” and increase retention and productivity
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“The government’s white paper identifies the need to ensure that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union does not prompt a skills shortage in this country.
The government must secure the right to remain for non-EU UK workers and ensure that any developments relating to travel avoid a labour shortage. Licensed hospitality is dependent on workers from the EU and any restrictions that undermine an employer’s ability to find the right staff could have consequences for pubs and bars, for the high street and for the wider economy.
As the government approaches the task of removing us from the EU, it is vital that it is aware that any unduly restrictive bureaucratic controls or costs will undermine confidence, impede investment and see business lose money.
Licensed hospitality businesses are integral to the success of the wider economy and this needs to be at the forefront of the government’s minds as it approaches withdrawal from the EU.”
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