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Local action leading the way

01/04/14


The recent announcement by the Government of 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas to pilot solutions to tackle alcohol related harm have been met with general support from the industry but at a least some uncertainty of what the role of businesses should be.

A cut in beer duty will be enjoyed by hardworking people – and it also supports a great British Industry

25/03/14


The suggestion that a cut in beer duty helps hardworking British people is backed up by a recent YouGov survey commissioned as part of our Budget campaign. It found that almost a fifth of workers were put off going out to the pub until pay day, because they could not afford it. It also found that there was huge support (69 per cent) amongst the UK adult population for a cut or freeze in beer duty.

Tackling Excise Duty Fraud: next steps

14/03/14


Despite the very welcome decision by Government not to proceed with tax stamps for beer, expectations remain high that the legitimate industry has a greater role to play in achieving a significant reduction in duty fraud and associated revenue losses.

Working Together: Corporate Partnerships

10/03/14


Since launching our new Support and Care service last year, we’ve had a great response and plenty of interest from the larger pub companies and brewers alike, wanting to know more about how the Charity helps all the hard-working people in our trade when they face difficulties. And I feel that we’ve gone some way to addressing the negative perception about us ‘helping the failures’.

Trade visit to the Black Country

07/03/14


I was very privileged to be offered a visit to the Black Country with Richard Matthews, our soon to be retiring Midlands’ Secretary, who has served the industry so well. At the invitation of Stuart Plant and Andy Crump, we went to see three Punch pubs and visited Black Country Ales.