British Takeaway Campaign responds to Budget announcement on business rates

The British Takeaway Campaign, an umbrella group representing those involved in the supply and preparation of the nation’s favourite foods, today (Monday) commented on the Chancellor’s Budget announcement on business rates.

Responding to the Chancellor’s statement, Ibrahim Dogus, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, said:

“We welcome the £900m of temporary business rates relief announced for small businesses, and the respite this will bring from rising rates against a backdrop of financial pressures including rising rents, increasing wholesale food prices and skills shortages.

“However the Government must go further if it is to secure the future of the takeaway sector and wider high street. With many firms having not yet received the relief they are due from local authorities, the current regime runs the risk of stifling the growth of an industry that makes an economic contribution of £4.5bn each year.

“The Government must now use this time to conduct a full overhaul of the business rates regime to make it fairer and more transparent for small businesses, and to ensure that local councils are prevented from unnecessarily delaying the distribution of business rates relief funds.”

Notes to Editors:

The British Takeaway Campaign is an umbrella group spearheaded by Just Eat. The BTC’s members include: Bangladesh Caterers Association; British Kebab Awards; Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association; CurryLife Magazine; Foodservice Packaging Association; K10 restaurants; National Federation of Fish Friers; Nationwide Caterers Association; Night Time Industries Association; QuickBite; UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce and Industry, SeeWoo, UKHospitality and Westmill Foods, and in collaboration with PAPA.

According to independent research by the BTC, the takeaway sector supports 231,000 jobs, whilst takeaways 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.

Find more information about the BTC at www.britishtakeawaycampaign.co.uk and follow @GB_Takeaway on Twitter.

Media enquiries:

For media queries or to request an interview, please contact Katie Gleeson at Newington Communications on 020 3176 2839, or at btc@newingtoncomms.co.uk

 

 

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