Like most organisations the WSTA is watching and following the government’s regularly updated advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.
LATEST: The government Coronavirus Business Support Hub can be found here – https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/
While it would not be appropriate to offer public health advice, the WSTA will be doing everything within its power to support members and the hospitality sector in dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
Why are we asking members to fill in another survey?
The WSTA needs evidence to help reinforce its policy asks to Government, to:
- defer duty in the same way VAT was deferred;
- extend the business rates exemption to the on-trade supply chain; and
- allow businesses to put products back into excise duty suspense.
The WSTA office remains open, but most staff are working from home – something which WSTA trialled last week in expectation of a need to work from home in the coming weeks.
We will be reviewing all events, committees or working groups, but members should expect no change in the level of service, effort or friendliness from the WSTA team! Please rest assured that the WSTA will continue its work in other areas – such as post-Brexit trading arrangements (VI-1 import certificates, access to EMCS), the review of alcohol taxation or Deposit Return Schemes – on which we will continue to communicate separately from any COVID-19 work.
You can contact us on the usual numbers and email addresses. As ever, we are here to help…