Culture & tourism

Britain’s pubs and the country’s proud brewing heritage remain key cornerstones of national life. Intrinsically linked to national identity, the cultural significance of Britain’s pubs is highly significant and the nation’s beers are known across the world.

It is not just as cultural symbols where their significance lies. In Britain, pubs are where live music begins. Many major stars such as Elton John, Snow Patrol and The Clash have used pubs as a launch pad to stardom, but aspiring musicians of all kinds find both an audience and an opportunity in countless pub venues across the nation.

For tourists, Britain’s pubs are a beacon. They offer something uniquely British, and are often identified as a major attraction for a British holiday. This desirability is highlighted by some 13 million foreign visitors every year.

Britain’s pubs have contributed much to our society – and help make Britain what it is today.

The BBPA Position

The BBPA works to make sure that the cultural significance of Britain’s beer and pub sector is properly recognised and given the support it needs. The BBPA will actively work with partner organisations in culture, tourism and entertainment, to support pubs in making sure they remain able to give the same unique experience to the next generation.

Alongside this the BBPA works closely with Visit Britain and Visit England actively promoting Britain’s pubs as a unique tourism pull and contributing to their sustainability.

Culture & tourism industry briefings

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Local impact of the beer and pub sector

Oxford Economics were commissioned in November 2010 by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) to estimate the local impact of the beer and pub trade. The local estimates have been provided in an accompanying spreadsheet model. This report and executive summary set out some of the key findings at a national and regional level.

Beer, the natural choice?

Recent headlines would have us believe that red wine drinkers enjoy good health, while those who choose beer are at risk of exactly the opposite. However a closer look at the nutritional content of beer tells a very different story. Beer, when drunk in moderation is one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks around, known down the ages as 'liquid bread'.

Pub is the Hub

Pub is the Hub is a voluntary initiative that encourages pub owners, licensees and the community to work together to provide much needed local services.

Incidental Music in Pubs

Leaflet for musicians and the trade setting out the various options for small scale live music in licensed premises.

Visit England Award Winners

The Visit England Awards for excellence were held in Manchester. The BBPA sponsored the first Tourism Pub of the Year Award.

Grain to Glass

From barley and hops in the field, to the glass of beer in your local pub, the chain of industries behind this unique British product has a major impact on economic and social life in rural Britain.

Culture & tourism blog posts

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Beer’s Soft Power

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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.

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