Over 160 business leaders from across the hospitality industry have called on the Chancellor for decisive support ahead of the Budget.

In a letter co-ordinated by UK Hospitality, and signed by leaders including Fuller’s CEO Simon Emeny, Youngs CEO Patrick Dardis and Restaurant Group CEO Andy Hornby, the industry highlighted that if it is to play its part in rebuilding the economy, an extension to the VAT cut and business rates holiday for a further year will be vital.

It also called for an extension of the furlough scheme, improved loan repayment terms, a deferral of Government-owed debt and a replacement for the Job Retention Bonus.

“Lots of businesses have taken a beating and many are still only just clinging on,” said UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls. “The support that the Government has provided in the past year has been crucial in keeping businesses alive, giving them breathing room and allowing them to keep jobs safe. That support must continue if we want to see as many businesses and jobs secure as possible, and hospitality play the key role we know it can play in rebuilding.

“There is no point in the Government undoing all the good work it has done in 2020 by pulling the rug from under us as we get back on our feet.”

Other signatories include Pizza Express CEO Zoe Bowley, Revolution Bars CEO Rob Pitcher and TGI Fridays CEO Robert Cook.