BTC responds to Cabinet’s endorsement of the Migration Advisory Committee recommendation on post-Brexit migration system

Commenting on the Cabinet’s endorsement of the Migration Advisory Committee recommendation on post-Brexit migration system, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign Ibrahim Dogus said:

“With over a third of takeaway restaurants experiencing skills shortages, particularly for chefs in specialist cuisines, we welcome the Cabinet’s endorsement of the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation that EU and non-EU citizens should be treated the same in a post-Brexit migration system. Our restaurants need talented chefs from across the world.

“However, we urge ministers and parliamentarians to prioritise areas of skills shortage rather than skill level. Takeaways across the UK are an engine of economic growth, and the sector needs policies that will enable it to continue to contribute £9.4 billion to the economy each year.”

Notes to Editors:

The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) is an umbrella group, championing those involved in the supply and preparation of takeaway food. The group brings together 15 organisations representing the breadth of the industry, from curry and kebab houses to fish and chip shops, Chinese restaurants and pizzerias.

According to independent research by the BTC, the takeaway sector supports 231,000 jobs and takeaways themselves directly contributed £4.5bn in gross value added (GVA) contributions to UK GDP in 2016, rising to £9.4 billion when factoring in the multiplier effect of supply-chain and employee spending – equivalent to 0.5% of GDP.

The BTC’s members are:

  •          Just Eat
  •          British Kebab Awards
  •          Foodservice Packaging Association
  •          K10 Restaurants
  •          Curry Life Magazine
  •          QuickBite Magazine
  •          Night Time Industries Association
  •          UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce & Industry
  •          National Federation of Fish Friers
  •          Bangladesh Caterers Association
  •          Nationwide Caterers Association
  •           SeeWoo UK
  •          Catering Equipment Suppliers Association
  •          Westmill Foods
  •          UKHospitality
  •          The BTC also works in collaboration with the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.

Find more information about the BTC on the website and follow GB_Takeaway on Twitter.

Images of Ibrahim Dogus, the BTC and the takeaway sector available on request. Ibrahim is also available for interview.

Media enquiries:

For media queries or to request an interview, please contact Joe Carton at Newington Communications on 07707693449, or at btc@newingtoncomms.co.uk

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