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Everything from June 2013


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.

BBPA statistics - testing the temperature of the UK beer market


In an increasingly challenging market, both commercially and politically, the need for accurate, reliable data and statistics is essential to success. As demonstrated by its wide use in The Sun’s ‘Axe the Beer Tax’ campaign, data from the BBPA and its members can persuasively make the case for economic policy and political action.

Food waste – money down the drain


Waste isn’t a sexy subject. In fact, sometimes, trying to engage pub operators in talking about waste is a bit like me trying to drum up some interest in a discussion about the complex rules of cricket.

Visit to Fullers by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and Save the Pub Group


The All Party Parliamentary Beer Group (chaired by Andrew Griffiths MP) and the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group (chaired by Greg Mulholland MP) visited Fullers brewery in Chiswick last week. Some sixteen MPs and two members of the House of Lords were there too, for what you might expect was a fascinating brewery tour and some very generous hospitality. The group comprised MPs, including the Shadow Business Minister, Toby Perkins; and Gavin Williamson who introduced the late night debate on the beer duty escalator.

Expanding the export market


Britain rightly has a global reputation for the quality of its beers and has been brewing beers to send around the world for centuries. India Pale Ales and Russian Imperial Stouts are some of the most famous beer styles designed for overseas markets. These are still brewed today for consumption in the UK and as part of the burgeoning export market.

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.

Brigid Simmonds appears at BIS Select Committee: Pub companies – a note


I gave evidence to the BIS Select Committee yesterday and although you can watch the session online, here, I thought the below note covering my responses would be useful for members to have to hand.

Campden BRI Day 2013


Over 500 people attended the Campden BRI Day this year. This included 20 members from brewing companies, thanks to the persuasion and persistence of Tom Falcon from Shepherd Neame who spoke passionately about the need to support this event at a recent dinner in Brewers Hall. It was my first visit to the Chipping Campden site of Campden BRI, now fully merged with BRI at Nuffield where much of the brewing research is undertaken, and whilst a 5.15 am start made it a rather long day, it was certainly worthwhile!

Inspiring the caterers of tomorrow


I attended the Nestlé Toque d’Or Awards Dinner, to congratulate those high achievers being presented with awards as a result of the catering competition, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The competition has a reputation for challenging and inspiring chefs and front of house teams of the future.

The awards season is upon us...


After a hugely successful 2012 launch, this year’s BBPA Industry Awards are just around the corner! The BBPA is very keen to reward member companies who seek to celebrate and champion our industry.

A view from Europe


Brewers of Europe (BoE), holds quarterly meetings of ‘Secretaries General’ (my equivalents). Last week, they met in Luxembourg and on Friday this was followed by the General Assembly which was also attended by BBPA Chairman Jonathan Neame.