The Federation has been part of a group of Trade Associations trying to raise the profile of labour shortages with Government. The group, including NFU, FDF, UK Hospitality etc funded a report written by Grant Thornton in Autumn 2021 to highlight to the Government the massive challenge being faced by not only BFFF members but the food industry in general.
Whilst the report received wide circulation and support from a number of MP’s it has not moved government policy on immigration.
The working group reconveyed on the topic a few days ago and agreed we would try to collate more on what companies are doing information to find staff.
So can we please ask members to provide answers to a list of questions that can be found by following this link.
Please respond by week commencing the 18th of March. We will then use this information to form the basis of our next stage to create the ‘right look’ to apply to future lobbying to Government.
The group will also keep under review the levelling up agenda, national food strategy and the skills white paper to see if we can use these topics to refocus on labour shortages.