2016 has been an interesting year for the leisure and hospitality industry.
As we have previously reported, 2016 has been an interesting year so far for the leisure and hospitality industry. With Brexit, a new Prime Minister and Chancellor with different ideas, and an Autumn Statement coming on 23rd November, the next few months – and years – will be critical for workers, restaurateurs, suppliers, customers and investors working in the sector. And it looks like it is going to be interesting, to say the least.
According to some sources, Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor, may have as much as £40bn of firepower to announce at his first Autumn Statement, on 23rd November.
His aim will be to develop a plan that encourages growth in the economy through strategic investment, all without damaging the markets' view, according to one expert.
Legal & General Investment Management economist, Magdalena Polan, believes the Chancellor could have an amount equivalent to two per cent of GDP to spend over the next parliament.
This so-called strategic investment will most likely be short-term, meaning that it should impact the economy in this parliament. This could have positive implications for the hospitality industry, as investment in London infrastructure typically delivers higher quality public services such as public transport, better housing stock and the other services that those who work and support the hospitality industry require.
If all goes to plan, investment of this nature won’t just improve the lives of people working in hospitality, however. It will also improve the lives of the general London workforce. This means more cash in pockets and more money being spent in restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.
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