Leading figures in Scottish hospitality are launching an "SOS Save Our Jobs" billboard campaign, taking over around 50 giant digital billboards to promote their message to hundreds of thousands of people across the Central Belt on Saturday.

The campaign aims to spell out the impact of government-imposed restrictions on Scotland’s hospitality industry and pleads with the public to help by writing to their MSP's in support of the industry to help save 100,000 jobs.

Campaigners said billboard sites include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paisley, Wishaw, Airdrie and Rutherglen.

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The campaign is being backed by the Scottish Hospitality Group, the Scottish Beer and Pub Association, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association and UKHospitality, as well as Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin, Nic Wood of pub and bar collection Signature Group, James Thomson of Prestonfield and The Witchery, Edinburgh’s Carina Contini and the Scotland-wide Crerar Hotels group.

The campaign highlights the fact that thousands of jobs are at risk right across the sector - from pubs, to hotels, late venues to restaurants, including the associated jobs relating to those that supply the industry.

This new campaign follows on directly from the social media campaign launched earlier this month instigated by Edinburgh PR Agency, Taste Communications, on behalf of their hospitality clients called  "Save Our Jobs", which saw staff from hospitality posting selfies on social media using the hashtags #SaveOurJobs and #ScottishHospitality to highlight the faces behind the jobs under threat.


The latest campaign, supported by Ocean Scotland and by Taste Communications, aims to raise awareness of the need for the public to lend their support to an industry under siege, and one which has done its utmost to adhere to all the mitigations set in place to operate safely.

Stephen Montgomery, spokesman for the Scottish Hospitality Group said: “I think this campaign highlights the extent of the issues we are facing, with a tsunami of redundancies already taking place. Our staff are a key priority for us, and they play a major part in the cogs of our businesses. For them it's not just about losing their jobs, it's about their families, and the mental health that surrounds all this. We need to protect them. They are a part of our greater hospitality family.”

Marc Keenan, managing director of Ocean Scotland, said: “The hospitality industry in Scotland is a vital part of the economic picture and we are delighted to have been able to facilitate this campaign on our many screens. The campaign will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people and we hope they will add their voice to the campaign to save hospitality jobs.”

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