BHA policy advisor to address Brexit challenge to EU workers in UK hospitality

The fate of 700,000 EU workers in the UK hospitality industry will be a key issue to be addressed at the ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter meeting in Manchester next month.

The topic will be tackled by John Guthrie (pictured), employment policy advisor for the British Hospitality Association (BHA), who has been invited to speak at the ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter debate on industry disruptors, to be held in Manchester on 9-10 March.

Guthrie will address the theme of ‘Brexit and the hospitality industry’ during a dedicated session sponsored by Levy Restaurants UK.

Anna Fenten, head of marketing at Levy Restaurants UK, says: “We’re delighted that John is able to join the debate and lead the discussion for our session as the UK government prepares to trigger article 50. As a global industry, it’s vital that we are all aware of the potential impact of changes in order to be able to adapt accordingly.”

Guthrie adds: “There are up to 700,000 EU workers in the UK hospitality and tourism industry, which employs 4.5m in total and is the fourth largest industry in the UK. It is more important than ever for the industry to come together and discuss the challenges we face.”

ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter chair and head of business tourism at Marketing Edinburgh, Lesley Williams, comments: “These are uncertain times with potentially major changes affecting our industry as the country prepares for Brexit. We are delighted to have John and the team from Levy Restaurants UK join us and lend their perspective on this topical issue. We’re looking forward to a fantastic debate.”

With over 25 years’ experience working in HR roles with major brands such as Cadbury Schweppes, Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo) and the Hilton Group, Guthrie will share his significant industry expertise to lend insight and context to the discussion.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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