It is not possible to accurately determine the extent of engagement with GLA initiatives as a percentage of businesses in London, not least because much of our engagement work is through our network of partner organisations. For example, we are continually engaging with London’s boroughs, business groups and sectoral bodies, as well as business support providers who in turn engage their extensive business networks in GLA-funded initiatives. My Business Advisory Board, London Covid Business Forum, SCG Business and Economic Impact subgroup, and the business-led London Economic Action Partnership, all include hospitality business owners and are at the heart of our work to support London’s economy. My London Food Boards also includes UK Hospitality and FareShare, one of three organisations in the London Food Alliance, which has engaged extensively with hospitality businesses throughout the pandemic to access surplus food supplies and support frontline food charities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic I have been offering a series of services and grants to support businesses during these difficult times. All of these are available to the hospitality sector.
In terms of specific interventions to engage with London’s hospitality businesses, these include the following:
It should be noted that the Government funding provided to London for business support amounts to 80 pence per London business and therefore without significant additional funding, our outreach and support has to be targeted at specific businesses and business needs.