Budget reaction: ‘Disappointed on VAT but generally the support is very welcome’ – Shaun Collinge, York publican

The message on the sign says it all

Shaun Collinge has been at the helm of the multi-award-winning pub The Maltings since it opened in 1992.

He is working towards reopening the Tanner’s Moat venue on 17 May.

Shaun was generally very positive about the Chancellor’s support package.

“I’m disappointed that the VAT cut didn’t extend a little further than the food and soft drinks sector within hospitality – thus denying wet-led pubs a much needed helping hand,” he told YorkMix.

“But on the whole, I think today’s Budget is very welcome and supportive for hospitality across the UK with a continued freeze on rates – albeit only until June – and the extension of the furlough scheme.

“First and foremost our priority has got to be getting our venues open and trading once and for all, with no unnecessary government restrictions.

“We need to get hospitality up and running to help boost the overall economy.”