Hospitality leaders voice fears on points-based immigration plans

Business leaders in hospitality think the sector needs better support on immigration to avoid crippling labour shortages. That is one of the exclusive headline findings emerging out of CGA’s 2020 Business Leaders’ Survey, the annual gauge of what the industry thinks. The poll reveals widespread concerns over a points-based system of immigration, and support for temporary visas to help fill vacancies in restaurants, pubs and bars.

Future gazing

What do the next few years have in store for eating and drinking-out businesses? A Peach 2020 panel of leaders from three different sectors—Bartlett Mitchell’s Wendy Bartlett, Revolution Bars Group’s CEO Rob Pitcher and Jane O’Riordan, chair of several big brands—explored some of the big challenges.

Closures start to slow for GB’s licensed premises as bright spots begin to emerge 

New Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners shows sharp contrasts between managed and independent restaurants, and between food-led and drink-led pubs. Britain’s number of licensed premises dropped 2.0% in the 12 months to September 2019, the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals—but the success of dynamic new restaurant brands and the evolution of food-led pub groups have provided bright spots in a challenging market.