The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) has launched a campaign to highlight the challenges that the sector is facing. The Empower Independents campaign has been launched in response to the increasing operational pressures on businesses. Following calls for feedback from its members, key partners, and other associations, NCASS has issued a stark warning to the government that the independent hospitality sector, which includes thousands of event businesses, shows no real signs of immediate recovery or even stability in the short term.
NCASS is calling for tax reforms for micro-businesses including reform on the VAT rate for the industry, reform on hot food VAT and reform on the VAT threshold. The current VAT rules, the energy crisis and food inflation are resulting in many businesses struggling to stay afloat. NCASS members from across the country have reported huge losses, stating that the combination of challenges is putting the question of whether to continue with their businesses to the fore.
NCASS MD, Nick Summers commented: “Action must be taken swiftly to help keep the independent hospitality sector afloat before it becomes too late for many.”