Hospitality operators are positive about the year ahead despite uncertainty over Brexit and continued difficulties in recruitment, according to a survey from Nisbets Pulse.
The report has shown that 53% of all respondents still remain unsure as to how Brexit will affect their business and 19% believe that it will bring on positive change.
65% of hospitality operators cited the increase in the cost of raw materials since the referendum vote as their biggest increase in expenditure.
While 36% indicated that the inflating costs would be passed on to the customer through price increases, 12% suggested that it would lead to introducing stricter portion controls and 3% predicted staff cut backs.
Approximately 33% of operators were unsure whether they would be recruiting in the second half of 2017, and of those that plan to hire are recruiting front of house staff and general kitchen staff rather than professional chef positions.
40% of those interviewed highlighted that they have been forced to hire untrained staff in order to fill roles, whilst 25% have opted to increase the hours of existing staff.