The UK pub industry is calling on the government to take action to address the rising cost of energy, which is putting significant financial pressure on many businesses.
In a letter to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), industry group the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has outlined a series of measures that it believes could help to ease the burden on pubs and other hospitality businesses.
These measures include reducing the level of VAT on energy bills, introducing a temporary cap on energy prices, and increasing support for businesses looking to invest in energy-efficient technologies.
According to the BII, rising energy costs have become a major issue for the UK pub industry in recent years, with many businesses struggling to cope with the high cost of gas and electricity.
The problem has been exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic, which has forced many pubs to close or reduce their operations, while still facing high fixed costs such as energy bills.
In its letter to the BEIS, the BII warned that without action from the government, many pubs could be forced to close, leading to job losses and a further contraction of the industry.
The letter also called for greater transparency in the energy market, and for more support for businesses looking to switch to renewable energy sources.
The BII’s call for action on energy costs comes as the UK pub industry continues to face a range of challenges, including the ongoing impact of the pandemic, staff shortages, and uncertainty around Brexit.
Industry leaders are calling on the government to take a more proactive approach to supporting the hospitality sector, and to provide targeted financial support to help businesses weather the current crisis.
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