UKHospitality is calling on the government to provide further support for the hospitality sector by improving access to capital and to stick to the roadmap of lifting all restrictions from 21 June.

As reported over the weekend, the association has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, warning that the government must be prepared to step in should there be any slippages in the proposed roadmap dates.

The latest sales tracker for the sector showed that the first quarter of 2021 has seen a two-thirds loss of trade for the industry – equivalent to £80bn.

The letter to Sunak also highlights ongoing concerns around access to capital and explained that while government loan schemes have been a positive step, there are real concerns about their rollout with many operators stating that banks are denying them access to funding.

UKH is proposing working with the government on a more targeted loan scheme for the sector.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UKHospitality said: “The revitalisation of hospitality will yield a substantial return on investment – in terms of economic growth, employment, levelling up, high street regeneration and Government revenues. Brighter days are ahead but we urge the Chancellor to ensure that his welcome and substantial support for the sector doesn’t go to waste.”