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£27million to play for – write to your MP to secure Better Rates for Pubs

On 19/11/13 by Gareth Barrett

With Christmas fast approaching, pubs are well into the planning, development and even delivery of a range of activities designed to take advantage of this short period of economic merriment. The challenge of getting the right amount of beer, wine, turkey, desserts; procuring the obligatory truckload of brussel sprouts; taking bookings; considering entertainment and managing staff rotas is a tough one - landlords are bound to be pressed for time over the next few weeks. However there’s something that publicans, alongside the brewers and pub companies who back them, should spend ten minutes doing - both for your own business and pubs across the country – write to your local MP about extending Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR).

Now it doesn’t sound glamorous, and it certainly won’t get the Christmas party started, but the loss of Small business Rate Relief (SBRR) would cost pubs across the country a massive £27 million. We also don’t have long – the decision to extend this relief (or not!) will take place in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on December 5th. That’s why Charlotte Leslie MP, a big backer of pubs, put down a motion calling for SBRR to be extended (noted as EDM 599) alongside other pro-pub Business Rate asks. You can find out of your MP has signed it here – if not get writing and ensure that the industry voice is heard!

This effort to get secure extension on SBRR is only the start for the BBPA’s Business Rates campaign. We have teamed up with seven other industry bodies to form a joint initiative ‘Better Rates for Pubs’. We’ve set up a campaign page where you can delve more deeply into the issues here. However, it’s vital we keep MPs aware of the issue - and how pubs deserve a decent Christmas present this year - the extension of SBRR!


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