The Government has formed a new hospitality council to help guide the recovery of the sector after the heavy toll of the pandemic.
It comes as hospitality firms continue to be hampered by footfall below pre-pandemic levels and the financial impact of loans and using cash reserves to survive the pandemic.
The 22-member Hospitality Sector Council will oversee actions related to the 22 commitments which form the hospitality strategy launched by the Government earlier in the year.
We now need to capitalise on our combined energy, creativity and innovation to continue the creation of a world-class hospitality industry - the hospitality sector council will aid in making that a reality
Karen Jones, chairwoman of Prezzo
The council is co-chaired by Mr Scully and hospitality entrepreneur and chairwoman of Prezzoâ¯Karenâ¯Jones, and will hold its first meeting on Wednesday.
Mr Scully said: “The hospitality industry has shown incredible creativity and resourcefulnessâ¯through the pandemic,â¯pivotingâ¯ to new ways of doing business, like al fresco dining and takeaway pints, toâ¯stay safe, meet changing consumer demands and protect livelihoods.
“With the launch of this council,â¯we’re takingâ¯the next stepâ¯in the journeyâ¯toâ¯build back betterâ¯from the pandemicâ¯byâ¯unveiling the experts who’ll beâ¯driving theâ¯reopening,â¯recovery and resilienceâ¯of the sector.”
Ms Jones said: “I think the lockdowns have shown us many things, particularly the importance of our people and our teams and the key role hospitality has to play in lighting up our high streets and city centres.
“We now need to capitalise on our combined energy, creativity and innovation to continue the creation of a world-class hospitality industry – the hospitality sector council will aid in making that a reality.”