UKHospitality’s Supplier Alliance research found one in five jobs in the supplier workforce have already been lost and one in three businesses have received no Government grants or loans.
Trade body UKHospitality has called on the UK Government to use the upcoming budget to ensure that supplier businesses receive the necessary financial support to recover.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, said: “The totality of hospitality is dependent on its supply chain. If supplier businesses fail, then the entire sector grinds to a halt and we are at risk of the whole thing collapsing.
“We are hopeful that hospitality businesses can lead the recovery of the UK’s economy this year. That cannot happen if businesses are not supplied to do the job. The supply chain is everything and it must be supported.
“The Government has to understand this and provide the support that these businesses desperately need at the Budget. Otherwise, our sector will rapidly become a house built upon sand and the terrible damage that has been felt over the past twelve months will only be compounded.”