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Leaked government plans on migrants condemned by BHA, UKinbound

Hospitality bodies UKinbound and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have had their say on leaked government documents that appear to suggest immigration targets will be met by reducing the intake of low-skilled EU migrants after Brexit. The 82-page paper – leaked to the Guardian and subsequently widely covered in the media – showed the government was considering reducing the numbers of low-paid EU workers, putting caps on the time they can spend here, and making it harder for them to bring family members over to the UK. It was reported that there would be a minimum income requirement for anyone


BHA encourages UK to ‘take advantage’ of record tourist figures

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has responded to figures which showed June saw record numbers of overseas visits to the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were a record 3.5 million inbound visits to the UK, up 7% compared with the same period last year. Overseas visitors also spent £2.2bn in June, up 2% compared. It is thought that the weaker pound has contributed to the record number of visits. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of BHA suggested that the UK should “take advantage” of the increase in visitor numbers while taking the opportunity to “tap into


Trade bodies respond to EU migrants policy

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have responded to the government’s plans to assess the economic contribution of EU migrants in the UK. The Home Office has launched an independent review into the impact of EU migrants on the UK economy following suggestions that new rules could be made for different industries. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) will consider whether employing EU nationals leads to under-investment in certain areas of the economy, as well as the benefits and social costs of people from abroad moving to the UK. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of


Leading trade bodies present unified voice on wage costs

The ALMR, BBPA and BHA gave evidence to the Low Pay Commission last Wednesday highlighting increasing costs that threaten to undermine further investment. Kate Nicholls, chief of ALMR, noted that investment needed to be made into staff members and sector job creation, suggesting that it had slowed down in the last 18 months due to “economic and currency pressure” as well as regulatory costs. Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of BBPA added that the current National Living Wage cost the industry £34m in 2016, and the increase to £7.50 could push that figure up to £52m. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of


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