MILAN – Despite the rising production costs and shipping delays, the UK’s exit from the European Union hasn’t stopped hospitality trade. Slowly forward, but forward. The signals coming from across the Channel speak for themselves: even in the United Kingdom, professional hospitality is taking its first steps towards a renewed normality, marked by the boom of phenomena such as Grab and Go and Delivery food.
So much so that in many cases, Precision Refrigeration marketing manager Nick Williams points out, for some restaurants the levels of 2019 have already been fully recovered.
Too bad that with the exit of Great Britain from the European Union, many things have changed for those used to working with the old continent. “To be honest, Brexit is a big headache for all of us”.
From a practical point of view, the main effects concern the surge in transport costs and the delays in the import and export of products inside and outside the country.
For our part, we are not talking about a minor phenomenon, since the components we use all come from abroad “. To by-pass the new rules imposed by Brexit, another big player in the sector such as Ansul takes advantage of its partners scattered throughout the country.
“Thanks to our network of authorized distribution partners across the UK, all in possession of their stock of products, we have so far managed to make processes simple and effective,” says John Hunt, UK & Ireland Sales Manager of the English company.
Hunt underlines that, despite everything, the demand for English products has not faded at all, quite the contrary.
“It’s true costs have increased, and shipments too, but all over the world products made in the UK continue to have great appeal”, continues Anne-Marie Richardson, Brand, Design & Events Manager of The Alan Nuttall Partnership, an English company that produces interior design solutions for the Ho.re.ca sector and will be among the exhibitors of Host2021, next October in the rho Fiera pavilions.
“We have always admired the reputation of this exhibition, which again this year will allow us to face a landscape of retailers from all over the world, as well as to strengthen our ties with international suppliers, customers and distributors. Likewise, only at Host we will be able to closely observe the state of the art in the sector, discovering new products and innovations in the best possible way”.