Commenting on the First Minister’s statement on Friday afternoon, CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin said:
“The warnings around the potential impacts of the omicron variant and recommendations to cancel Christmas parties are now having a devastating impact on Scotland’s pubs and the wider hospitality sector.
“With no financial support or furlough scheme this is a very, very worrying time for businesses and their staff. If we are going to avoid mass redundancies in the sector, we require immediate, meaningful economic support to be announced now. We cannot allow thousands of staff to be fearing for their livelihoods like this, especially at this time of year.”
Note to editor:
This news comes shortly after the Cabinet Secretary for Finance announced in the budget statement that Scottish hospitality businesses will not receive the same business rates relief during the next financial year as those in England.
Whilst pubs in England will receive a 50% for 12 months (up to £100K), Scotland’s pubs will only benefit from 50% support for the first 3 months (up to £27.5k).
Press release from Scottish Beer & Pub Association