The foodservice equipment supply chain requires support just like restaurants and cafes, the Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) has argued in an open letter to the Prime Minister.
The letter, signed by FEA chief executive Keith Warren, said that the closure of hospitality venues was having an impact on businesses in the foodservice equipment industry too.
The implementation of increasing Covid-19 measures is “adding significantly to the pressure on the foodservice equipment supply chain, because hospitality operator outlets have been forced to close”, reads the letter.
It demands immediate, targeted and continued government support in the form of business rates relief, rent payment support, VAT deferral and an extension of the furlough scheme, saying any recovery is unlikely until Q3 2021.
Keith Warren commented: “Announcement of such support will give security to foodservice equipment supply companies, and will ensure business viability and long term sustainability.
“In return for this investment our sector will be able to ensure that it is well positioned to be able to respond to the needs of the operator sector when the recovery inevitably commences, hopefully in Q3/Q4 2021.”