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Get ready for the new fivers and tenners, says BBPA


Pubs will soon need to get ready for the new ‘plastic’ five and ten pound notes, says the BBPA, as new awareness tools have been made available by the Bank of England today.

The BBPA, which has been sitting on a working group advising on the roll-out of the new fivers and tenners, says pub need to prepare – machines will need to be updated and staff trained to recognise the new notes and their new security features.

A new £5 note will be issued by the Bank of England in September, and will be followed by a new £10 note in 2017 - and new £20 note by 2020.

The new notes will be printed on polymer - which is cleaner, more durable, and more secure than paper – incorporating advanced security features that make them more difficult to counterfeit. Polymer is a thin and flexible plastic material that fits into wallets and purses just like paper notes.

The Bank of England will be unveiling the full design and security features for the new £5 note around three months before the issue date, and a range of training materials will be available.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, comments:

“This is a big change for banknotes, and we all need to be aware. The BBPA has been involved in a Bank of England working group, and advising on training tools for staff so pubs can be as prepared as possible for the new fiver in September.”

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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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