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UK Weddings Taskforce joins UK Hospitality

The UK Weddings Taskforce, which served as secretary for the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on weddings, has now joined UK Hospitality. UK Hospitality is a wider trade body that represents the entire hospitality sector on a variety of issues such as joint interest such as sustainability, workforce challenges, licensing, business rates and VAT. UK Hospitality will assume the role of Secretariat of the Weddings All Party Parliamentary Group.



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UK Weddings Taskforce to merge with UK Hospitality
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Press Release from 9 Feb 2023:


The UK Weddings Taskforce is today announcing that it is integrating into leading trade body

UKHospitality, to allow the group’s work supporting the wedding industry to continue in a

structured and sustainable fashion.


Set up in January 2021 to help wedding businesses navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, the

industry is now playing catch-up but doing what it does best; delivering truly special events.


In order to best deliver for the industry, the Taskforce has been working with UKHospitality to

come to this solution to ensure the industry continues to be represented to Government. This

includes UKHospitality assuming the role of Secretariat of the Weddings All Party Parliamentary Group.


As a result, UKHospitality will promote a new focus for weddings as part of its work on behalf of the entire hospitality sector, particularly on issues of joint interest such as sustainability,

workforce challenges, licensing, business rates and VAT.


Wedding venues and suppliers already constitute a valued part of UKHospitality membership

but further news on dedicated rates for those in the industry will be shared shortly. More

information about UKHospitality and its work is available on its website, and anyone interested in membership can email membership@ukhospitality.org.uk.


The Chairperson of the UK Weddings Taskforce, Chris Naylor, comments: “I’m so pleased that

we have been able to partner with UKHospitality in this way, and effectively continue the work

the UK Weddings Taskforce has been doing as part of a bigger group. We encourage all

wedding businesses to join UKHospitality and take advantage of the support and

representation.


“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played their part in helping support

our amazingly diverse industry. We truly do have brilliantly talented people and it is no wonder the UK wedding industry is world leading.”


UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome the UK

Weddings Taskforce into UKHospitality and continue the sterling work they have done

representing the industry throughout the pandemic.


“I know how tough wedding businesses have had it throughout the past two years and now, like the wider hospitality sector, their recovery is being impacted by rising costs, workforce

challenges and business rates, to name a few.


“I’m committed to ensuring weddings have a strong voice as part of our work championing

hospitality at the highest levels of Government and I’m looking forward to working together.”

Notes to editor:

● The UK Weddings Taskforce was established in January 2021 by a group of wedding

and media professionals to help the UK wedding industry navigate the Covid-19

pandemic. It was run by volunteers to represent and advocate the industry to

Government.

● UKHospitality is a membership organisation that was formed in 2018 and represents

over 740 companies operating around 100,000 venues across the breadth of hospitality

within England, Scotland, and Wales. Their membership covers the full scope of

hospitality, from small independents to large multinational sites operating across the

accommodation, F&B, events, and attraction and leisure sectors and the supply chain.

You can find out more about UKHospitality here.

● UKHospitality membership benefits include Legal, HR and Food Safety helplines, events

and webinars, dedicated support and advice, access to offers and discounts from

suppliers and more.




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