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National Pubwatch conference 2017


Over two hundred delegates from the trade, police and other stakeho...

Despite new pub codes, self-regulation still plays a key role


After many years of select committee inquiries, reports, super-comp...

National Pubwatch conference 2016 – Saving lives in the night-time economy


As the majority of those in the trade will already know, pubwatches...

Three Red Lions on a Shirt – pubs celebrate World Cup boost


The trade was celebrating this week, as the Government announced the results of the [recent consultation] ( into extending licensing hours for England’s World Cup matches.

National Pubwatch conference – partnership in action


The 11th National Pubwatch conference was held this week at the Palace Hotel, Manchester. Well attended by licensees, police, local authorities and others with an interest in the trade, the title of the conference was ‘protect and promote your Pubwatch through partnership working’ and a variety of speakers expounded on this theme.

Eye on the prize – machine boost for pubs


This week’s increase in fruit machine prizes to £100 is another welcome move from Government to assist the pub sector. The BBPA has been pushing for an increase in prizes for Category C (also known as AWPs or fruit) machines and the reinstatement of the Triennial Review, whereby prizes are reviewed every three years.

Personal Licence – to kill? PLH reform and upcoming fee increases…


At a recent meeting of the National Licensing Forum here at Brewers’ Hall, the Home Office gave a very useful update on the upcoming changes to licensing.

Inconsistent enforcement – the Primary Authority solution


Bad enforcement by police, the licensing authority, fire officers and EHOs can be the bane of a pub operator’s life. Whether this is turning up to check paperwork at 9pm on a Saturday night, or over-zealous officers making licensees jump through multiple hoops with no evidence that there is even a problem at the premises, makes an already challenging job that little bit more difficult.

National Pubwatch website - a key tool for licensees


Pubwatches are the original partnership schemes specifically aimed at pub licensees – low cost, easy to set up and controlled by licensees and managers themselves.

The three certainties of life – death, taxes and more changes to the Licensing Act….


Coverage of last week’s Government response to the Alcohol Strategy...

New research clearly shows the many benefits of pubwatch


As the effective alternative to levies and EMROs, the BBPA supports a number of partnership initiatives. One of the most popular schemes in the pub sector is a local pubwatch – a voluntary group set up by licensees working together to promote a safe drinking environment, in partnership with the police and licensing authority.

EMROs vs. Partnership – there should only be one winner


Last week’s decision by Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing comm...