Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: Brigid Simmonds

Etches to step down at GambleAware

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Long-time GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches has announced that he will step down at the end of March 2021, having served ten years at the top of the problem gambling charity.

Senet pass the torch to BGC

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The Senet Group has confirmed that it will transfer its responsibilities outright to the recently formed Betting and Gaming Council.

Betting’s trade chiefs outline aspirations for changes to the UK’s legislatory structure

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The new chief of the UK’s gambling industry Brigid Simmonds was joined by consolidated betting business heads at Parliament recently, arguing the industry’s..

Carolyn Harris renews calls for gambling reform

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Labour MP Carolyn Harris has argued that an outdated Gambling Act of 2005 permits betting companies to get away with proverbial murder

Newly-formed BGC unveils Anonymous Player Awareness System

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The recently formed Betting and Gaming Council has unveiled the Anonymous Player Awareness System - a real-time algorithm monitoring player behaviour

Leading UK gambling companies sign up to Safer Gambling Commitments

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A group of leading gambling firms have joined forces to promote new Safer Gambling Commitments in the UK, a move that coincides with the formation of a new..

Pubs committed to tackling under-18 gambling in face of Commission warnings

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With the majority of randomly selected pubs failing to pass compliance tests conducted by the Gambling Commission and local authorities, the sector has..

BBPA and UKHospitality join forces to strengthen social responsibility in pubs

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In another example of forward-thinking self-regulation from the UK’s retail entertainment sector, the BBPA and UKHospitality have collaborated to alleviate

Pubs lead the way on sustainability and environment

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The British Beer and Pub Association has reported that almost a third of UK pubs consider removing plastic options from their venues “very important,”..

Pubco acquisitions: Expect more says CAMRA chief

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There’s a lot going on in the pub sector at the moment: a new pub code and adjudication process is under consultation, acquisitions are shifting the..

Hospitality chiefs unite to launch legal claim against PPL tariff hike

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Trade heads for the UK’s hospitality industry are citing a prospective 130 per cent rise in the cost of live music as unsustainable - and are appealing to..

May announces new sector deal for tourism

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A new tourism sector deal will see government commit to streamlining visitor data, whilst simultaneously bolstering entry-level positions within the trade.

Revitalising our high streets

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Writing for the blog, Brigid Simmonds, CEO of the British Beer and Pub Association, explains that pubs and local businesses can play a..

Fight not over for BBPA despite positive pub figures

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The BBPA has stated the industry “cannot be complacent,” despite a recent report from Altus Group highlighting a 44 percent decline in pub closures..

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...

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

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...

Report: Pubs contribute £23bn to UK economy

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 groups pushing for triennial progress

Those in the pub sector with a vested interest in the health of the machine industry have thankfully not been shy about expressing themselves in private and in public about their desire for action on Cat C machines.   The pub industry continues to provide an important pillar of machine industry, so it’s no surprise to hear that the BBPA, as...

British Beer and Pub Association respond to Pubs Code release

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Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, has issued a response to the figures release by the Pubs Code Adjudicator that show that there have been 376 enquiries in the four months since the launch since the Pubs Code came into law. “The number of inquiries shows there is already very good awareness among tenants and...

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...

BBPA Responds to Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

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BBPA lay out proposal to UK Government seeking to ‘future proof’ certain amusement machines popular in pubs across the country. The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the UK Government’s review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures, and has called on the Government to ensure that ‘Category C’ amusement machines in pubs remain attractive to customers,...

BBPA, SIBA and CAMRA publish ‘The Story of Beer Duty’

British Beer & Pub Association publish ‘The Story of Beer Duty’ discussing major turnaround for industry since abolishment of Beer Duty Escalator. The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has announced publication of ‘The Story of Beer Duty: 2008-2016’, detailing how the UK Government’s decision to abolish the Beer Duty Escalator helped to spark a major turnaround in the fortunes...