A collection of Welsh pub operators and brewing companies have written to newly-elected First Minister Mark Drakeford calling for him to deliver grants for pubs and a roadmap for their reopening.

The letter, sent by Mark Davies, chairman of the Welsh Beer & Pub Association, and CEO at Hawthorn, stated that although it was positive that some operators have been able to open for outside trading, from 26 April, many remain closed due to a lack or, or unusable, outside space.

It also highlights the lack of restart grants available in Wales, compared with England and Scotland, which it said threaten to damage their recovery, and presses Drakeford to deliver grants immediately to Welsh hospitality businesses that have faced considerably longer restrictions than their counterparts in England and Scotland.

The 13-strong group of signatories, which includes Nick Mackenzie, chief executive, Greene King; Chris Jowsey, chief executive, Admiral Taverns; and Ralph Findlay, chief executive, Marston’s; have also called for a clear timeline and roadmap for the removal of all restrictions on trading and social contact.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive, Welsh Beer & Pub Association, said: “Over the last year, Welsh pubs and brewers have faced the biggest threat to their existence in our history. Billions in trade has been lost and worse, countless livelihoods and community hubs have fallen by the wayside.

“As we face what we hope is the final hurdle of this crisis, we urge the First Minister to take the action required in the early days of his new administration to set our pubs and brewers on the right track for recovery.”