UKHospitality has called on the Labour Party to follow up on its manifesto commitments in its first 100 days in government.

Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour, which won the general election in a landslide last week, committed to replacing the business rates system in England and reforming the apprenticeship levy by creating a growth and skills levy.

UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said the trade body looks forward to working with the new government and urged the party to action its commitments within 100 days.

Nicholls commented: “Swiftly addressing business rates would fulfil a longstanding ask of the sector and avoid a cliff-edge in April, when current relief is set to end and rates are due to increase again.

“Hospitality, with its presence in every constituency, can act as a powerhouse for driving economic growth, creating new jobs and regenerating our towns and cities. I look forward to working in partnership with the new Government to help deliver its manifesto commitments and realise hospitality’s growth ambitions.”

Admiral Taverns CEO Chris Jowsey reiterated his call for an overhaul of the business rates system, beer duty reforms, and a cut to employer national insurance.

Jowsey said: “We look forward to working with the new government to ensure pubs get the recognition they deserve for all the hard work they put into communities across the UK. Not only are pubs an engine for economic growth, contributing £26.2 billion to the UK economy each year and supporting 936,000 jobs, they are the cornerstone of British life and have been bringing people together for centuries so it’s essential that we continue to facilitate such an important part of community life.

“We urge the government to provide an overhaul of the business rates system, introduce beer duty reforms and a cut on employer national insurance to help facilitate the growth of long-term, sustainable pubs that sit at the heart of their communities and support all aspects of local life.”

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) also welcomed the new government, saying it is ‘encouraged’ by the enthusiasm shown to recognise hospitality’s importance to communities across the country.

Emma McClarkin, CEO of the BBPA, said: “It is imperative for any government to provide a sustainable and proportionate fiscal and regulatory framework that allows the sector to thrive. It must now cut beer duty and urgently reform business rates for the sector.

“We encourage all MPs to reward themselves with a well earned pint or two in their local this weekend, and to get to know their landlords and brewers.”

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said it will continue to fight for a fairer tax system in terms of the differential between draught and off-trade beer duty rates. It will also continue to fight for a reduction in VAT and a fairer business rates system.

It welcomed plans to introduce a community ‘right to buy’ policy, which will help many pubs stay open, according to the organisation.

CAMRA chairman Nik Antona commented: “CAMRA would like to welcome Labour as the new UK Government, we look forward to working alongside them on the issues impacting consumers, pubs, social clubs and producers of beer, cider and perry. It was heartening to hear Labour’s announcement of a five-point plan to “end the decline of British locals” during their election campaigning, and I hope that Labour will implement these proposals as soon as possible.

“Throughout the UK, CAMRA will be campaigning to see progress in improving consumer rights, pushing for the Government to give consumers a right to information about drinks on the bar and the introduction of a new consumer right to a full pint. We hope the new Labour Government will recognise the need for independent producers to have better access to the pub market, with is currently heavily dominated by larger corporations.”

John Webber, head of business rates at Colliers, said 30 years of successive mismanagement have led to the current business rates system, adding that “British business deserves more.”

He said: “Given the size of the landslide victory, there should be no excuse for the Labour party to avoid addressing the business rates problem or to introduce significant reform, which will help protect the high street. We urge reform, as opposed to abolition, to ensure local authorities continue to receive the stable funding they need.

“We will continue our lobbying role to try and persuade the new administration to create a fair property tax that is affordable, transparent and easy to administer, encouraging businesses to expand and invest rather than downsize or even close down their bricks-and-mortar estates.”

Mark Chapman, founder of nonprofit Zero Carbon Forum, welcomed Labour’s plans for clean power and the pledge to decarbonize the power system by 2030. He has further called for a transition to a regenerative food system and highlighted the impact of climate change, which is being felt by the hospitality and brewing industry through higher energy costs, interrupted supply chains, and unpredictable sales.

Chapman commented: “We hope the incoming government recognises the importance of a regenerative, net-zero food and drink industry and commits to delivering sustainable, long-term outcomes that support a prosperous and resilient UK.”

Sacha Lord, night time economy advisor for Greater Manchester, said he is “personally extremely pleased” with the election results.

He added: “I will be hoping to see a greater level of support for the industry over the coming months and as an industry we should continue to hold those in power to account. I will personally continue to press hard and keep campaigning to ease of the financial burdens placed on operators, not just here in Manchester, but across the UK.”