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BBPA agrees partnership with Pubs of Ulster


A new partnership has been developed between Pubs of Ulster and the BBPA, following a memorandum agreed between the two bodies and signed in London last week.

The move will enable the two organizations to coordinate their campaigning and representation work, with Pubs of Ulster bringing expertise on Northern Irish public affairs, and the BBPA advising and assisting Pubs of Ulster on Westminster, as well as wider UK issues of concern.

Key areas of mutual interest will include be taxation, licensing, alcohol policy, responsible retailing of alcohol, property/planning, and tourism.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“For us, decision-making in the devolved administrations is becoming ever more important, as issues that arise in one assembly, can often spread to others. Northern Ireland MPs also play an important part on decision-making at Westminster. This new partnership will really improve our understanding of key issues facing the trade in Northern Ireland, and I am sure we can also help Pubs of Ulster with their Westminster work.”

Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Pubs of Ulster, comments:

“With a number of important issues relating to Northern Ireland (including Beer Duty and VAT) still the responsibility of Westminster, our partnership with The British Beer & Pub Association will not only strengthen our political lobby, but also enhance our understanding of the developing issues in GB which could potentially impact pubs in Northern Ireland. I look forward to sharing knowledge and expertise to the benefit of both memberships.”

Notes to editors:

A copy of the MoU is available on request.

Photo: Shows Brigid Simmonds with Mark Stewart (left) Chairman of Pubs of Ulster and Colin Neill, Chief Executive (right) at Brewers Hall, for the signing of the MoU.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 49,500 pubs.

Pubs of Ulster: Founded in 1872 Pubs of Ulster is the professional body of the Retail Licensed Trade in Northern Ireland, with members drawn from pubs, bars, café-bars, hotels and restaurants.



For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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