The Guardian has predicted that it will take 10 years to replace EU hospitality workers in the U.K after Brexit. Worrying, right?
In recent months we have heard from high-profile people in the hospitality industry such as Fred Sirieix, and Chef Damian Wawrzyniak about the difficulties they have had applying for settled status despite having lived here for 27 and 15 years, respectively.
Do you think that despite ‘project fear’ we have a lot to gain from the divorce and will likely prosper when we ‘take-back-control’ and ‘regain sovereignty’ on the 31st of October? Or like some of the 48% who voted to remain, do you have grave concerns about the impact Brexit will reportedly have on the cost of food and wine, and with KPMG reporting that up to 23.7% of all hospitality workers are from the E.U do you worry about how you will fill future vacancies in your hospitality business?
Sir Rocco Forte, boss of the hotel chain, has told the BBC he believes that the negativity around Brexit and its impact has been exaggerated with him also suggesting no-deal is better than a bad deal. Wetherspoons chairman, Tim Martin, perhaps the most vocal person in the hospitality industry to speak positively about Brexit, predicts that there will be a reduction in costs for the consumer.
On the flip side, Angela Vikers of Apex Hotels has said that the group is putting in place plans to deal with potential food and drink shortages, and has concerns for the high proportion of E.U staff currently employed by them. Kate Nicholls, the chief of UK Hospitality echoes these concerns with her saying to Travel Weekly “There are still major concerns about food and drink imports” and “we still need substantially more clarity on the exact terms for current EU citizens”.
With only one week to go before we are supposed to leave the E.U, and with much uncertainty ahead of us, how have you been preparing your hospitality business for life after Brexit?