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Join us in the Midlands for our next Key Issues Forum

On 07/08/13 by Richard Matthews (Midlands Secretary)

On September 25th the Midlands will be hosting the next Key Issues Forum. These forums have become a regular event in the BBPA calendar, yet still more representatives of member companies could seize the chance to keep abreast of topics of vital interest to the trade.

These biannual forums are a great opportunity for members in the regions to get up to date with recent national developments including planned licensing changes announced in the Government’s response to the Alcohol Strategy consultation, Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs), the Late Night Levy, how pubs can engage in the tourism offer and how they can save money on utilities.

Most of all it’s a platform for members to give the association their feedback on issues and share best practice with colleagues. It is an event that is tailored for regional directors, business development and regional managers and those that may not have the chance to attend other BBPA organised events.

Two events are held each year – one in the North-West in April and the other in the Midlands in September – and they are open to all BBPA members, regardless of where in the country you are based. They are free for our members to attend - with lunch and refreshments always thrown in for good measure.

The programme for this September is almost complete and once again a great list (from an industry perspective!) of speakers has been lined up. They include BBPA’s Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds; Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis; Poppleston Allen’s Jonathan Smith and Visit Peak District Chief Executive, David James.

There will be a talk on the energy market and energy efficiency by representatives from Europe’s leading provider of energy services Cofely-GDF Suez, while marketeer Arnold Fewell will speak on how pubs can become more accessible for those with access needs. The recently launched Pub and Bar Careers initiative by the Perceptions Group will also be featured. Alongside this a display on personal protective equipment by associate members 3M Healthcare will be of special interest to brewing members.

The next Forum is on Wednesday, 25th September, 2013 at the Moat House, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire ST17 0RJ –– and it will run from 10.30AM to 3PM so if you have colleagues who you think might be interested in attending please pass on these details to them.

There is no limit on the numbers of representatives per company who may attend provided they register with BBPA Midlands Secretary, Richard Matthews, on 01562 67708 or


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