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BBPA comments on Government response to consultation on FOBTs

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The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has commented on the Government response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of BBPA said: “The BBPA is disappointed that no changes have been made in particular to the stake for Category C machines - we had asked for an increase...

BBPA marks English Tourism Week with secretary of state

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As English Tourism Week draws to a close, the BBPA chief executive visited one of Britain's many great pubs in the constituency of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock MP.   For tourists, Britain's pubs are a beacon. They offer something uniquely British and are often identified as a major attraction for a British holiday....

Hospitality sector moves to plug post-Brexit skills gap

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The ideology of Brexit may remain as divisive as ever, but the practicality of leaving Europe requires action rather than debate, so argues the key industry bodies engaged in the hospitality sector.   Whilst tepid to the UK’s departure from the EU, trade bodies, the BHA, ALMR and BBPA, have teamed up to help drive a national campaign to bridge the...

BBPA calls for Cat C prize consultation

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It’s a simple fact: if Cat C prize payouts stay static, the industry stays static. The BBPA has made a plea to government to introduce a "modest" rise in pub machine payout in order to let the industry breathe a little easier.   The British Beer and Pub Association has responded to the government’s gaming machine consultation and called for a...

BBPA appoints Fullers boss as new chairman

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The British Beer and Pub Association has appointed Simon Emeny, chief executive of Fullers as its new chairman.   He will be succeeding David Forde, managing director of Heineken UK. Emeny has served on the BBPA board since 2015 and takes his new role at a time when the British pub industry is facing a period of economic uncertainty and regulatory turbulence. “I...

“Beer drinkers will raise a glass to the Chancellor” – BBPA hails beer duty freeze in budget

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Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds said:   “The chancellor’s decision to freeze beer duty and cancel his planned rise is an early Christmas present for beer drinkers and pub-goers worth £117m this year and in subsequent years. It will secure over 3,000 jobs in pubs and the wider beer supply chain...

Support British pubs, public tells government ahead of Budget

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  A YouGov poll has reported huge public support to help brewers and pubs in this week’s Budget.   More than half of respondents (54 percent) said they wanted the government to take action to support the brewing industry, outnumbering those not in favour by two to one (24 percent). The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) commissioned the poll, as part...

Cut beer tax campaign’s big day in Parliament

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Yesterday the campaign for a cut in beer tax in the Budget moved into Parliament with a debate in Westminster.   Sponsored by Mike Wood MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, MPs from all parties spoke in support of fairer tax treatment for the sector. Using data published by the British Beer and Pub Association, Wood highlighted the 900,000...

Hospitality split on two-year post-Brexit transition period

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While pub trade bodies were reassured, the British Hospitality Association said more time was needed than the “status quo” two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by the prime minister in Florence last week.   Hospitality chiefs gave mixed reviews of the two-year post-Brexit transition period announced by Theresa May in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella church on 22 September. The British Beer and Pub...

BBPA welcomes PM’s Brexit speech in Florence

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has lauded Prime Minister Theresa May’s Florence speech.   The speech, made on 22 September, spelled out Britain’s terms for leaving the EU and included a commitment to for the UK to stay in the single market, a key demand of the BBPA. “Theresa May’s explicit commitment today, to a transition period that retains current...

CAMRA campaign against “ticking time bomb” pub rates garners parliamentary support

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The budget in March was a mixed bag for pubs, with minor rates relief for many dampened by increased beer duty for all. Before the next budget on 22 November, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has piled on pressure for further relief.   The Campaign for Real Ale has warned that pub business rates are a “ticking time bomb” as...

BBPA issues warning over beer tax in upcoming budget

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued a warning that today's rocketing inflation rate should not be used to ratchet up beer taxes in the autumn budget, as currently planned.   Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, is planning an inflation-based increase, which the association reckons will undo the benefits of the government’s three, one penny cuts in beer...

British Beer & Pub Association warns against cap on low-skilled workers

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed concerns over a possible cap on low-skilled workers after a Home Office post-Brexit migration document leaked to the press.   In a statement published today, BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds wrote: “This document suggests that there may will be a cap on low-skilled workers which would undermine the needs of the pub...

Simmonds comments on public concern over beer duty

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BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has expressed her views on a recent survey from YouGov for CAMRA which shows the public’s concerns over beer duty. The research, carried out by YouGov has found that 55% of people who expressed an opinion believe beer duty is too high at 54p per pint. Commenting on the survey from YouGov for CAMRA (Campaign for...

Leisure and hospitality sectors welcome MAC

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Responding in chorus to the government’s announced intention to study the role of EU workers in post-Brexit Britain, the ALMR, BBPA, BHA and BALPPA have emphasised how crucial migrant labour is to their respective sectors.   Trade association chiefs from the leisure and hospitality sectors welcomed home secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement on 26 July that a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), made...

UK pub sector puts the facts straight

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‘The Beer and Pub Story 2017’ highlights key issues for beer and pub sector The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released ‘The Beer and Pub Story 2017’, setting out why beer and pubs matter so much to the UK economy. The new leaflet has been produced in association with The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), The Society of...

Pub body makes voice heard on Brexit

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BBPA backs focus on transitional measures for EU exit The British Beer & Pub Association has signified its support for the approach outlined by the CBI and other leading industry groups, to ensure that, alongside the brewing and pub industry’s existing priorities, robust transitional arrangements are in place as the UK prepares to leave the European union. The BBPA also welcomed...

Meeting the needs of Millennials tops pub summit agenda

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Bacta, the trade association whose members include the manufacturers and operators of gaming machines, pool tables and jukeboxes, has agreed a programme of quarterly meetings with the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and The British Beer And Pub Association.   The tripartite meetings will provide an opportunity for machine operators and representatives from the on-trade to discuss issues facing gaming and...

BBPA manifesto calls for business rates assistance

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The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called for pubs to receive a £25,000 business rates assistance package in its latest manifesto, released ahead of the general election.   The manifesto proposes a business rates assistance payment of £5,000 per annum for five years, an extension of the current one year, £1,000 per-pub plan. Stating that the current tax levied on...

BBPA to use General Election to focus on sector’s key issues

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The BBPA will highlight key issues for brewing and pubs in coming months following the announcement of a General Election on June 8, 2017.   Theresa May formally announced there will be a General Election on June 8, 2017 prompting a response from the British Beer & Pub Association. Commenting on the announcement, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The debate around...

Call for agent-of-change principle for Licensing Act

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In proposals published last week, the House of Lords’ committee has called for the introduction of an agent-of-change principle as part of its recommendations for the overhaul of the Licensing Act.   The principle would indicate a victory for longstanding pubs and other such venues, for it means that any person or business that causes a change in the local environment...

BBPA welcomes money laundering consultation

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the result of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 consultation   The findings of the consultation stipulate that only holders of casino operating licences will be subject to the requirements under the new regulations. Had pubs been asked to comply with additional regulation, this would have presented a significant additional cost burden. In its...

Tory budget offers scant relief in face of pint price hike

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Philip Hammond’s spring budget has offered the British pub industry a small level of rate reliefs whilst hiking up the alcohol duty in a move that could add a £125m to the cost base of pubs.   The UK Government’s spring budget has offered a mixed result for the British pub industry, with underwhelming rate relief measures being offered in an...

Budget is a curate’s egg for UK pub sector

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British Beer and Pub Association welcomes pub specific rates relief but slates beer tax hike as 'hugely damaging'.   The pub sector, which constitutes an important market for suppliers of gaming, jukebox and amusements equipment, has sent out a warning on the implications of the hike in beer tax whilst providing a cautious welcome to the proposals on rate relief. Commenting on today’s...

Sales of British beer fall by one percent in 2016

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A one percent fall in the sales of British beer during last year has provoked calls for one penny cut in duties.   Sales of British beer fell by one percent in 2016, prompting renewed calls from the industry for a one penny cut in duties. The decrease amounts to 78m fewer pints being sold compared to the 12 months prior. However,...

Report: Pubs contribute £23bn to UK economy

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A report published by Oxford Economics has found that the beer and pub industry in Britain is a major contributor to the British economy. With employment in the sector rising, thanks to serial beer duty cuts of late, the question is: how will the pub industry sustain this going into Brexit Britain without further tax concessions? A new report by...

BBPA responds to Prime Minister May’s Brexit Speech

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Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive for the BBPA, has responded to Theresa May’s Brexit speech welcoming the PM’s focus on business tax rates.   The BBPA’s Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has this afternoon responded to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech, welcoming Theresa May’s recognition of the value of the UK’s food and drinks sector, and her support for competitive tax rates for...

Pub sector calls for budget cut in beer duty rate

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New report by Oxford Economics adds weight to call for cut in beer duty rate A new report by economic experts Oxford Economics (OE), commissioned by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), has found that the beer and pub industry in Britain employs almost 900,000 people, and contributes £23.1 billion to the British economy. The BBPA says the figures...

British Beer and Pub Association statement – Not too late for pool

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Continuing its opposition to the Late Night Levy, the BBPA has released a statement, detailing a letter it has written to Liverpool City Council, encouraging it not to go ahead with the scheme. The British Beer and Pub Association has written to Liverpool City Council to express concern regarding the recent decision to implement a Late Night Levy, urging the...

Pub sector gives Hammond a frosty reception

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Although it did receive a little attention in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the pub industry appeared roundly unimpressed with the overall package. The pub industry has expressed its discontent with Chancellor Philip Hammond’s debut budget, despite the inclusion of a freeze on beer duty and 100 percent rates relief for rural pubs. In particular, pubs were concerned about an issue also...

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