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BBPA comments on new proposals to cut red tape


Commenting on today's publication of the Enterprise Bill impact assessments and plans to extend and simplify ‘Primary Authority’ by the Better Regulation Delivery Office, Brigid Simmonds BBPA Chief Executive, said:

“We welcome the proposals announced today, following feedback with trade bodies such as the BBPA, which will simplify the process for trade associations to offer ‘Primary Authority’ services to their members – especially to small, independently-run businesses such as pubs which will really see the benefits. We are also very keen to expand Primary Authority, for example to elements of the Licensing Act and associated enforcement.

“Often, red tape is not so much about actual regulations, but behaviour; Primary Authority is a very good example of a way to achieve national consistency, when so often regulations are open to very differing local interpretation.

“The BBPA is engaging with Government on wider issues with red tape; we have put forward specific proposals for deregulation around newspaper advertising for premises licences, reducing the burdens on pubs with Category C and D gaming machines, and changes to the beer duty regime. It is often small changes to specific legislation that really help reduce costs for businesses.

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.


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