Industry reacts to Labour's general election win

The election results have been welcomed by the hospitality industry

Representatives from across the hospitality industry have been reacting to Labour's landslide victory in the general election.

Following 14 years in power, the Conservatives saw a heavy defeat after the public went to the polls on 4 July, with the outgoing party set for the worst results in their history.

UKHospitality was quick to urge the Labour Party to deliver on its manifesto commitments to replace business rates and reform the Apprenticeship Levy in the first 100 days of government.

In its manifesto, the Labour Party committed to replacing the business rates system in England and level the playing field between high street businesses and online giants; as well as reforming the Apprenticeship Levy by creating a Growth and Skills Levy. 

Speaking on behalf of UKHospitality

"Firstly, I’d like to congratulate Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party," says Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality. "We look forward to working with the new Labour government, which during the campaign has clearly recognised hospitality’s role serving Britain and creating places where people want to live, work and invest. 

"We now need to see this followed up with action in the first 100 days. Delivering on manifesto commitments to replace business rates and reform the Apprenticeship Levy would be a clear sign that the government backs hospitality as the central pillar of the everyday economy."

Nicholls says that addressing business rates would avoid a cliff-edge moment in April 2025, when current relief is set to end and rates are due to increase again.

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