Fri 23 Oct 20
Some of the top names in Scottish hospitality have launched a new ‘Save Our Jobs’ campaign calling for urgent support from Westminster and Holyrood to safeguard up to 100,000 jobs before the nationwide furlough scheme comes to an end in just 10 days’ time on 31 October.
Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin, Nic Wood of pub and bar collection Signature Group, James Thomson of Prestonfield and The Witchery, Edinburgh’s Carina Contini and the Scotland-wide Crerar Hotels group are leading the campaign to appeal for urgent support from government before it’s too late.
Hospitality workers have shared their ‘Save Our Jobs’ selfies on social media using the hashtags #SaveOurJobs and #ScottishHospitality to highlight the faces behind the jobs under threat.
Support has been drawn from across Scotland with hoteliers, restaurateurs, publicans and café owners joining forces in a drive to raise awareness of the scale of the crisis facing the industry.
Many business owners are worried that they are running out of time to save vital jobs, many of which are held by people aged between 16 to 24 years old.
People aged between 16 to 24 years old currently make up 50% of the hospitality workforce in Scotland, however since February, youth unemployment has risen from 6.1% to 14.5% in Scotland.
The ‘Save Our Jobs’ campaign is also keen to raise awareness of that scale of jobs at risk with restrictions not just affecting hospitality venues but the whole supply chain that depends on the industry, such as Scottish food and drink producers, logistical services and maintenance support.
Industry leaders not only believe that more clarity is needed from the Scottish Government on who and when businesses will benefit from the funding made available, but that further financial compensation is required to protect jobs across Scotland.
The hospitality industry is also calling to the government to find practical, evidence-based solutions to remain open whilst keeping their staff and customers safe.
To show your support for the ‘Save Our Jobs’ campaign, share your thoughts and photos on social media using the hashtag #SaveOurJobs and #ScottishHospitality.
Read the full press release with quotes from Tom Kitchin, Carina Contini, James Thomson and Nic Wood.