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Hospitality & Leisure: Competing for growth in a recovering market

After a number of years of economic stagnation, the hospitality and leisure sector now has a strong appetite for growth.

Confidence is returning to deal makers, who have money to spend in the sector. With price expectations between buyers and sellers converging, and financing readily available for the right assets, deals are happening.

Across the Hotels, Gaming, Pubs and Restaurants sub-sectors, the improved UK economic environment will directly affect performance, which is generally tied to GDP growth, and the sector is now more positive than it has been for years.

However, there are still challenges.

In particular our sector remains sensitive to changes in the regulatory and tax environment, as seen in the recent Budget for the gaming sector. Decisions around taxation, such as the reduction in Bingo duty to 10%, and the introduction of point of consumption tax for online gaming, will substantially change the sector’s dynamics in the UK, and influence the level of investment these businesses will be willing to make.

For now, they need to carefully consider how to most efficiently invest capital, while managing costs to ensure they maximise growth opportunities that lie ahead.

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Russell Gardner
Head of Real Estate,
Hospitality and Construction
(RHC), and RHC Tax Leader,
+44 (0)20 7951 5947

Peter McIver
Head of RHC Assurance,
+44 (0)20 7951 1894

Fraser Greenshields
Head of RHC Transaction
Advisory Services,
+44 (0)20 7951 7151

Mark Wesley
Head of RHC Advisory,
+44 (0)20 7951 3279

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