According to the BHA:
The hospitality industry plays a critically important role in both the economic and social life of local communities throughout the United Kingdom.
The Sidmouth & District Hospitality Association
encompasses all areas of hospitality from the smallest guesthouse to largest Hotels, Self-catering cottages, camping and caravan sites. Members agree to maintain the highest standards and to promote good practice in their chosen field.
Sidmouth & District Hospitality Association | Facebook
In July 2012 saw the launch of this website selectsidmouth
Sidmouth & District Hospitality Association | British Hospitality Association
There is also considerable cooperation with the local Chamber of Commerce and Town Council:
‘Sidmouth hotels and businesses should work together’
And according to the District Council's draft Local Plan:
Tourism and the visitor economy is an important contributor to vitality and vibrancy of the District’s coastal and market towns and of our rural communities. Planning policy in the period to 2026 will seek to maintain and enhance the District’s visitor appeal by:
a) Supporting East Devon’s hospitality businesses as they respond to the challenges of a changing visitor market.
b) Reinforcing the District’s image as a destination of high environmental quality with a strong focus on customer care.
c) Working in partnership with East Devon’s tourism industry to promote the District as a year round destination.
However, as reported in the last posting, again, there is the issue of low-pay. Next door in Dorset, with a similar profile to Devon, there are also concerns:
Campaigners calling for employers to pay workers in Dorset a ‘living wage’ have launched their campaign in Bridport.
Living Wage for Dorset describes Dorset – dominated by the agriculture, hospitality and service industries – as one of the country’s low pay economies.
Neil Duncan-Jordan, spokesperson for LWD said: “Low pay is associated with poor job security and treatment, fuel poverty, expensive housing costs, lower educational attainment, reduced mental health, suppressed economic demand and debilitates the human spirit. These are all costs that society has to bear when things breakdown. But the Living Wage offers a win-win for employees, employers and tax payers. Employees get a higher income and see their living standards rise, employers get a workforce with improved morale, less absenteeism and increased productivity and the tax payer saves huge amounts of money because they are no longer subsidising low wage employers by having to top up people’s earnings with benefits and credits. This is an idea supported by all the main political parties, major employers like Barclays, as well as the Church of England.”
And again from the WMN, but focusing on the hospitality industry: