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Hospitality sector calls for support measures to continue for ‘at least’ a year in Scotland

STRUGGLING hospitality businesses need financial help until at least March 2022, industry chiefs told Scotland’s political leaders yesterday.

The Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) made the plea in a new manifesto published ahead of May’s planned Holyrood election.

The manifesto calls for emergency help that would guarantee grant support for businesses unable to open due to government-imposed restrictions, adding that a sector-specific version of the furlough scheme should also be in place till then at least.

It also demands that bounce-back loans and coronavirus business-interruption loans should be converted into grants for the hardest-hit sectors.

Unite Hospitality industrial organiser Bryan Simpson said: “Since last year, Unite Hospitality has been calling for sector-specific support from the UK and Scottish governments as part of our hospitality and tourism rescue plan.

“What is peculiar about this call from SHG is that the organisation appears to be led and funded by some of the worst-offending employers when it comes to mass redundancies and treatment of staff. 

“From the G1 Group, which laid off hundreds of workers at the start of the pandemic, to Manorview hotels, which unfairly dismissed Unite reps, to the Dimaggios Restaurant Group, which has a history of treating workers unfairly.”

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