Tag: British Beer and Pub Association

Industry left out in the cold with no direct representation on Visitor Economy Working Group

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Britain’s amusements, gaming and gambling industries are all dressed up with nowhere to go. The DCMS has launched a working party to determine a roadmap for how tourism is going to drive our economy forward. But bodies such as Bacta and other key industry associations have, oddly, been left out. A simple error or an error of judgement?

A million jobs at risk if hospitality last to open

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Hospitality could see one million jobs lost as the sector sits last in line to reopen following an extended period of social distancing which Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty has said could last beyond 2020..

BBPA calls for swift VOA response

The British Beer and Pub Association has urged its members to act quickly on returning the Valuation Office Agency form, recently
The British Beer and Pub Association has urged its members to act quickly on returning the Valuation Office Agency form, recently posted to all pubs in England and Wales, ahead of 2021 rate revaluation. Echoing the similar demands made on arcades and amusement centres, the form seeks to calibrate trading data in order to assess and determine business rates. “To avoid...

Chancellor reaffirms pub support

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Philip Hammond has reaffirmed his support for British pubs ahead of announcing the nation’s third quarter GDP results. The Chancellor made his latest positive comments during a tour of Fuller’s brewery where he was accompanied by the beer maker’s chief executive, Simon Emeny and BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds. “The success story of British brewing was clear to see from my...

Extent of high street woes revealed

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The trials and tribulations of Britain’s high streets have been long discussed and now an investigation published by The Mirror has revealed the numbers behind the talk. In total the report states that since 2010 the high street has lost more than 17,000 businesses. The British pub market has born the brunt of much afflicting the UK consumer space. Demographic discrepancies...

Leisure sector calls for better stakes

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The British Beer and Pub Association and UKHospitality have voiced disappointment over a lack of movement on Category C stakes and called for further deregulation in the sector. The industry bodies had previously stated that a rise in stakes and prizes for Cat C units, an increase of automatic entitlement from two to four and reducing red tape could help...

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....

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

BIL and GBG propose to save pub sector minimum of £500,000 a year

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Business In Licensing and Gambling Business Group partnership proposal receives support from British Beer & Pub Association and the Gambling Commission. Business In Licensing (BIL) in partnership with the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has formulated a proposal to remove the requirement for pubs and clubs to notify Licensing Authorities that they wish to use their ‘automatic entitlement’ to two machines. The...

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...