The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is relaunching The Restaurant Association, a dedicated division for restaurant ambassadors in the UK, it revealed this morning.
The Restaurant Association already claims to boast 20 of the Good Food Guide’s top 50 restaurants as members, but will attempt to redefine its role to ensure the profile of London’s dining business is capitalised upon in government and spread across the UK.
Moving forward, key initiatives will be focused around employment issues including the shortage of waiters and chefs in London, rent costs, changes to the rate of VAT and online reviews. It will also support the industry in implementing new EU regulations.
The relaunch will be led by David Loewi, managing director of D&D London, who was today named chairman of the organisation.
As boss of one of the most successful independent restaurant groups, the BHA hopes Loewi will prove to be the driving force that is needed to revitalise The Restaurant Association.
Loewi said his priority is to “re-establish the association as a real voice representing this important industry”.
D&D London led the buy-out of Conran Restaurants in September 2006. The company has been backed by leading UK equity house LDC since April 2013 and owns and operates over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo, in addition to the company’s first hotel venture, South Place Hotel in London.
Restaurants in London include Le Pont de la Tour, Coq d’Argent, Bluebird and Skylon.