New Covent Garden Market, along with New Spitalfields Market and Western International market have co-written a letter to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor regarding the many hardships faced in the past year and the support needed to struggle on into the future.
“We hope that it will lead to much needed support for our industry,” commented Jason Tanner, Director at The Menu Partners.
“It is on its last legs but is certainly not ready to concede defeat,” he continued.
“I, along with many others who work closely with the hospitality industry call for greater clarity and support as we edge closer to the end of this second national lockdown,” he added.
“Experts argue that the hospitality industry and all those associated earn 40% of revenues between Halloween and new year’s eve - these expected revenues have been devastated by November’s month long lockdown.”
A preceding letter was sent to the Chancellor from Richard Harrow Chief Executive, British Frozen Food Federation back in January echoing the desperation of the industry and urging further support from the government. The letter was co-signed by the Fresh Produce Consortium, along with a number of other leading trade organisations.
"Some companies have been lucky enough to receive monies through the Additional Restriction Grant scheme, however this is too discretionary and arbitrary to provide an adequate lifeline for many of our members," the letter stated.
"Unless we find a way to get urgent support to this business category, that has been so badly impacted at extremely short notice, there will be no supply chain to support the Out of Home market as the economy emerges from the pandemic."
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Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, who were signatories of the letter further remarked: “Come on Boris - Stop ignoring a key food sector which normally supplies around 35 % of the nations food.
“In adversity they’ve reinvented themselves to offer home deliveries and also supported numerous food banks. However the hospitality sector remains closed and cannot re-open without suppliers.
“We are simply asking to be treated equally and be given modest Government support so they can feed the nation again soon.
“In addition, don’t forget the flower and plant wholesalers who are in exactly the same position as the events industry is closed.
“FPC as a signatory to the earlier letter totally supports the need for Government action now.”