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Restaurants claim Government model forces business failures

A new report reveals a dire situation for Britain's independent restaurants, with an average of two establishments closing permanently each day this year.

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In February alone, 71 food-focused hospitality businesses ceased operations.

The Restaurants Association of Ireland asserts that the economic contributions of the nation's small, independent eateries are being tragically disregarded.

CEO Adrian Cummins highlights a multitude of additional costs imposed on the sector this year, with VAT remaining the primary point of contention.

"These aren't just numbers, these are livelihoods," Cummins stresses. "Every closure means jobs lost, families struggling.

"Our members are resilient, but the constant barrage of rising energy costs, supply chain disruptions, and now an unsympathetic tax structure has tipped the scales for many."

The report cites examples like 'The Willow Bistro,' a beloved community staple for over a decade, which recently announced its closure. "We fought tooth and nail," says owner Sarah Ellis, "but in the end, we simply couldn't make the numbers work."

Small restaurant owners across the country echo Ellis's sentiments, calling for urgent government re-evaluation.

While acknowledging the broader economic challenges, they assert that a targeted relief package for the hospitality sector would save not only businesses but preserve the cultural fabric of British towns and cities.


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