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Beer’s Soft Power


Beer is the world’s favourite alcoholic drink, a lingua franca that...

The Great British High Streets competition launch


On Thursday morning Marcus Jones MP, the Minister with responsibili...

BBPA backing calls for a new India visitor visa to boost UK tourism


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Judging the BII Licensee of the Year award


It is always a privilege to be invited to judge the BII Licensee of the Year, and I think this is the fourth year I have been involved. This year BII had 270 applicants – the most ever, and the final six were invited to meet with the judges in Staffordshire to decide on a winner.

Removing barriers to Trade in the USA


BBPA has for some time been engaged with Government on the negotiations known as The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

PRS Music Makeover 2015


This month, PRS for Music announced the winners for their Annual Music Makeover competition.

Brewing contributes to development across the world


The WBA in conjunction with the four global brewers hosted an extremely well-attended beer reception on Tuesday evening to close the first day of the WTO Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva.

Come on England! Best of luck to our World Cup team


The next few days promises to be a bumper one for sports fans, with...

Inspirational young chefs at the Nestlé Professional Toque D’Or grand final


The Nestlé Professional Toque D’Or grand final awards is always ins...

The Original Social Network


The Scottish Beer & Pub Association led the launch of a short film to promote the ‘on trade’ sector in Scotland at Holyrood on 31st March.

Refreshing the growth strategy for England’s Tourism


Visit England has launched a consultation on their Growth Strategy towards 2020

Timothy Taylor brewery tour


Every year, the BBPA team visits one of our members so we all gain ...

There's a Beer For That


Last year, five major brewers (AB Inbev, Carlsberg, Heineken, Molso...

Institute of Licensing summit


The Institute of Licensing held a very useful and timely Super Strength summit in Birmingham last week to discuss the number of local authorities which are following the example of Ipswich and pursuing voluntary schemes restricting retailers from selling higher-strength beers and ciders

The death of the high street? I think not!


"High Street gloom as Britain shuts up shop" claims The Times, but ...

Business Improvement Districts for town centres and tourism


Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have existed in the UK since ...

'Don't score an own goal this World Cup by drink driving’ – THINK campaign launches new campaign for the World Cup


With World Cup 2014 now officially underway, the pub industry will be hoping that a great many people will choose to leave the confines of their living rooms and experience the highs, lows, tears and celebration of watching football down their local.

The Best of British – Celebrating the Great Campaign


When an invitation arrives on your desk to be a guest of Her Majesty’s Government in the Locarno Suite at the Foreign Office, you are certainly keen to go. Dating back to 1868 and designed by George Gilbert Scott, the Locarno Suite has recently been completely restored and is truly magnificent. Last night we were there to be thanked for our part in supporting the GREAT campaign.

Tourism and Growth


Whilst many will talk about the economic importance of the car manufacturing industry, worth over £21billion a year to British exports, it pales in comparison to the vital importance of tourism to the UK economy, as clearly presented in a new report by VisitBritain.

Travels in September


I am currently reading Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey, which is particularly appropriate given this month’s travel-heavy schedule and my recent holiday in the Cevennes! I am of course very thankful that methods have improved somewhat – as I will be taking the usual plane or train as opposed to donkey… September brings regional meetings, party conferences and the Brewers of Europe gathering in Croatia. So here are a few words on each…

Bringing British beer to the Balkans


At home the big beer event of the year has been the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF). On the other side of Europe, around 1,300 miles away, a totally different beer festival has been taking place. The Belgrade Beer Festival ( is an outdoor festival, attracting around half a million people. Many global and local brands are represented, and for the first time British beers were represented. The festival also doubles up as one of the region's largest music festivals.

Pubs are GREAT reaches the world (’s end)…


For many tourists, whiling away some time in a pub with a pint is a holiday-must-do when visiting the British Isles. And, whether visitors are walking in the magnificent Peak District, marveling at the grandeur of Chatsworth House or taking in the wonders of the Tate, there is always a GREAT British pub to visit just around the corner.

Beer – can you hear the music?


With Robinson’s new Trooper by Iron Maiden now selling out across the world, joining Elbow’s Build a Rocket Boys in their stable of brewing bands, the increasing interest in brewing and beer from the creative community only continues to grow. The recent production by the Growler Brewery of Gladness by Madness is yet another example of this creative partnership between artist and artisan.

Summer’s here – let the (new improved) Beer Genie guide you...


It’s hot. The weather’s fantastic. People are kicking into holiday mode and they’re thinking about beer. A beer at a BBQ, a beer with your picnic, a beer on the beach, or a beer in the beer garden – they’re all pretty high on the agenda as soon as the thermometer nudges 30C. In fact, walking through the City this lunchtime and peering through the windows, it was clear that most of London’s office workers would give their eye teeth to up sticks and grab a beer somewhere sunny.

‘... and the Lord Mayor said: Let There Be Beer’


Whilst being located in the City of London gives the BBPA team a fa...

Beer culture


Stoke Newington, or ‘Stokey’ to the locals, is cool. Last weekend saw hundreds of trendy literary types converge on the bohemian Hackney urban village to enjoy a brilliant array of writers, journalists and cultural commentators plugging their books at the culmination of a week long literary festival billed as ‘eclectic, amusing and inspiring’ by festival director, Liz Vater.

Cracking holiday at home, Gromit!


Of the UK’s tourist income, 80% comes from those who choose to holi...

Visit Britain's new tourism strategy


Visit Britain, which promotes inbound tourism to the UK, launched a new strategy this week, which I was really pleased to attend.

The Brits are back. Now let’s back beer from the Brits!


The world’s top brewers gathered in the august setting of the 15th century Guildhall in the City of London this week to toast our success at the International Brewing Awards.