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About The British Takeaway Campaign

Launched in 2017, the British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) is an umbrella group which represents those involved in the supply and preparation of the nation’s favourite foods. We aim to secure recognition of the economic, social and cultural contribution of the sector and to back it’s growth by boosting skills and supporting access to training.

Our members include Just Eat, K10 Restaurants, The British Kebab Awards, UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce and Industry, The Foodservice Packaging Association, Curry Life, QuickBite, The Night Time Industries Association, The National Federation of Fish Friers, The Bangladeshi Caterers Association, The Nationwide Caterers Association, The Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association and UK Hospitality.

After starting my career washing dishes to now owning three restaurants, I’ve seen first-hand the opportunities that the takeaway sector offers. I’m proud to be Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, which works to ensure the takeaway sector is recognised for the economic, social and cultural contribution it makes to this country.

Ibrahim Dogus Chair, British Takeaway Campaign

What we do

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Policy & Campaigning

The BTC was established in 2017, to secure recognition of the economic, social and cultural contribution the takeaway sector makes to the UK. Our aim is to work with the government to ensure the sector can continue to thrive and make a positive contribution.

Our Policies

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Supporting Takeaway Owners

The takeaway sector is a hotbed of entrepreneurialism. With 40% of takeaway owners being first-time entrepreneurs, we want to make sure they have the support they need to flourish. To make sure the industry thrives, the BTC helps its members navigate complex legislation and provides guidance to support their efforts in responding to changing consumer demands.

Takeaway Toolkit

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Building a Network of Members

The BTC draws together some of the largest trade associations, suppliers and thousands of restaurants. We represent the industry as a whole and provide a voice for our members to tackle some of the industry’s biggest challenges.

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Over the last three years, the entrepreneurial spirit of takeaway owners has meant the sector has grown at almost twice the rate of the overall economy.

Cooking Up Growth

The BTC commissions research to show the scale of the contribution the takeaway sector makes to the UK economy. Our latest report, The Cooking Up Growth, Serving Up Talent report, provides a snapshot of the entrepreneurial spirit behind the sector, the huge steps takeaway restaurants have taken to respond to changing consumer appetites and the challenges posed by government regulation, which threatens to stifle our vibrant sector.

2x takeaway sector growth over the last three years

£12.5 billion total UK spending on takeaway in 2018

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15% of total spending on food in 2018 was on takeaway

30% of takeaways employ more than 10 staff

286,798 jobs in the takeaway sector

Takeaway market set to grow over the next five years

40% of takeaway owners are first-time entrepreneurs

£5.9 billion additional value in 2018. 12% of GBA of the entire food services sector

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Chefs are the most in-demand skilled trade in the UK

The catering and hospitality T-level is expected to be in effect by 2023

Chefs are included on a shortage occupation list, which prioritises professions that are in demand, but are required to earn over £29,750

25% of takeaway jobs were filled by EU and non-EU nationals in 2018

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SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on businesses across the UK, including the thousands of businesses that make up the restaurant and takeaway sector. In the Budget, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to provide support for businesses in an effort to minimise the impact of COVID-19. Some banks have also announced support. If you are a restaurant or takeaway owner, you can find below the support available to you during this time.

COVID-19 SUPPORT

Prepare for Brexit

As a takeaway owner, Brexit could have an impact on your business. Here you will find the information you need to understand what leaving the European Union might mean for your business and a checklist of steps you can take in advance.

Brexit Prep Toolkit

Policy Recommendations

Skills

  1. The government should mandate that T-level placements are paid, in the same way apprenticeships are. Currently, payment of students during their industry placement is at the discretion of the employer. To encourage more young people into technical education, the career benefits and opportunities must be clear and paid placements would play a significant role in inspiring interest in technical education.
  1. The government’s own figures show that chefs are the most in-demand skilled trade in the UK for the last two years. We would urge the government therefore to bring forward the introduction of the Catering and Hospitality T-level to 2021, to reflect the need to increase the homegrown talent entering the sector.
  1. The government should explore the feasibility of introducing a grant aimed at large and medium-sized businesses to incentivise them to offer placements to T-level students, similar to the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, which was withdrawn in 2018. Industry placements are at the core of the T-level curriculum, but they require the government, colleges and industry to work together to ensure students have access to high-quality placements.

Immigration

  1. The government should reduce the salary threshold for it’s future regime. And as soon as this level is set for the future immigration system, the salary requirement for chefs under the current Shortage Occupation List should be brought in line with it. These two changes will support the sector in both the short and medium term.
  2. The government should increase the duration of short-term visas to two years, with a two-year cooling off period if necessary, in order to offset the cost of recruiting and training new employees.
  3. The government should introduce a medium- and long-term strategic skills list (MLTSSL), which is a key part of the Australian system, and designates professions which are of strategic importance to economic growth. Chefs are included in the Australian MLTSSL, meaning they can reapply for a visa on a continuous basis.