UKHospitality has welcomed proposals from the government and energy regulator Ofgem, but insisted that it should apply to all businesses.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA response from the hospitality body comes as the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero proposed to expand access to the Energy Ombudsman and Ofgem to widen the Complaints Handling Standards.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe package of measures also includes a government proposal for energy bills to include clearly any third party costs to brokers.\u00a0\r\n\r\nHowever, the proposals are restricted to those that fit the \u2018Small Business Consumer\u2019 criteria.\u00a0\r\n\r\nUKH has called for all businesses, regardless of size, to have access. As currently proposed, thousands of hospitality businesses would be unable to feel the benefit.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe new protections come after UKH led a campaign for better protections for businesses against unfair practices used by energy suppliers. Almost 400 hospitality businesses mobilised behind the campaign to write to the regulator demanding action.\r\n\r\nKate Nicholls, CEO of UKH, said: \u201cThe past two years have shone a light on the bad practice taking place in the energy market for businesses. At a time when energy prices went through the roof, hospitality venues were left with no effective protections against unfair and damaging practices by some energy suppliers.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m pleased that Ofgem listened to UKHospitality\u2019s concerns, and those of our members, by bringing forward a rigorous review into the market, which led to these proposals being introduced.\u201d\r\n\r\nShe added: \u201cWhile we support the measures, as they do increase protections for some businesses, the vast majority will not feel the benefit under the current proposals. No business should be excluded from these types of safeguards, just because they have grown to a point where they exceed an arbitrary figure for turnover, revenue or employees.\u201d\r\n\r\nNicholls has also urged Ofgem and the government to revise these measures to include all businesses or at least those that fall under the much-wider definition of an SME2.