The ALMR has launched its latest Manifesto which calls on the government to champion the high street with a root and branch reform of business rates.

Launched at the ALMR’s 2017 Spring Conference, and ahead of the forthcoming snap general election, the manifesto urges ministers to ensure Brexit delivers for the sector’s workforce needs, and avoids a cliff edge.

The document provides policy-makers with an outline of the contributions being made by the sector, and outlines key asks for the further support of pubs, restaurants and bars.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The sudden announcement of a snap General Election has given us an opportunity to engage with politicians who will be keen to court votes and we can ensure that promoting our sector is on the agenda.

“The sector plays a vitally important role both socially and economically and has been a fantastic provider of employment since the recession, creating 1 in 7 of all new jobs.

“Pubs and restaurants are resilient and vibrant, but they are facing legislative and financial roadblocks that are preventing them from achieving even more. They need support from politicians if they are to invest and grow.”