Coronavirus: Call for evidence welcomed

Scottish Parliament

UK Hospitality has welcomed a move from the Scottish Government to engage with businesses ahead of reopening post-COVID.

The Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Economic Recovery opened a consultation yesterday (May 18) to gather views on the best ways of supporting the reopening of Scottish businesses. The consultation, which is accessible here, runs until May 31.

UK Hospitality’s executive director for Scotland, Willie Macleod, said the call for evidence is “a sensible approach from the Scottish Government”.

“There will need to be a pooling of resources and brain power in order to give businesses the best chance to survive and get back to some degree of normality after the crisis,” said Macleod.

“We will certainly be speaking on behalf of Scotland’s hospitality sector and we look forward to liaising with both the Scottish and UK Government to support reopening.

“Scotland’s hospitality sector is incredibly diverse, not least of all in the variety between urban and rural areas. We will make sure the Scottish Government has absolutely all the information it needs to make an informed decision to support our fantastic industry.”