Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective - '30,000 jobs losses expected as the independent hospitality sector calls for immediate date for inside opening and emergency assistance'
The survey of more than 100 independent pubs, cafes, restaurants and event caterers has revealed that at least 30,000 job losses are expected in the sector and nearly half of these have already happened. Just to put this in context - and this is not a case of pitting one sector against another - for illustrative purposes this represent 20 times the proposed losses at Airbus.
The survey was carried out by the Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July and came as pubs, cafes and restaurants reopened in England with Wales remaining the only UK nation yet to give a date for inside opening. The survey showed that the 102 businesses that responded have together already shed 434 jobs with a further 452 planned giving a total of 886 job losses from just that sample.
The Group stated 'We understand that Welsh Government doesn’t have the power to control the key levers of the economy and in that respect we ask them to redouble their efforts with UK Government on issues such as furlough, VAT and sharing of the rent burden. At the same time we are pressing Welsh Government to understand the catastrophic collapse that is already happening and direct more of the resources that they do have to its survival. We have often stated that it is our belief that working together with Welsh Government and others we can be creative in meeting the formidable challenge that faces us and we expect to come forward with proposals in that respect later in the week'.
'As a collective, we have since our inception just a month or so ago, been consistently warning of the cost to the economy, jobs and livelihoods of a failure to set a clear path to reopening. We are used to making our own way and we don’t expect indefinite support. We also understand that we must shoulder much of the burden - but we urge the First Minister once again to reflect on the scale of collapse in our sector, to urgently give us a date for reopening inside and to work with us to consider innovative ways of getting emergency support to our sector and the large community of Welsh businesses that rely upon its survival'.