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BBPA tips and advice for licensees over the festive period

07/12/17


The BBPA has today distributed a collection of guidance and advice,...

Annual Dinner & Awards 2017 – BBPA announces awards categories, entries now open

03/07/17


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and Pub & Bar magazine ha...

BBPA releases 2016 benchmarking data for tenants and lessees

08/06/16


The BBPA has today released the updated 2016 cost guide for tenants...

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy - BBPA comments

23/03/16


Commenting on today’s publication of the Home Office’s [Modern Crim...

Cheers! Pub hours to be extended for Queen’s 90th birthday

23/03/16


Commenting on today’s comments by the Prime Minister in the House o...

Deadline looms for Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme - BBPA urges companies to register

22/03/16


With just over a week to go before the deadline for registrations u...

Reducing the energy burden for pubs - BBPA announces special one-day conference on Thursday, 5th May

21/03/16


The BBPA has announced a special conference, the ‘Pub Industry Ener...

Budget 2016 – Big £39 million annual saving on business rates for England’s pubs – new analysis from BBPA

18/03/16


Big changes to the way the Government levies business rates announc...

Tenant satisfaction survey from M&C Allegra – BBPA comments on strong results

17/03/16


“These strong results show the significant progress the sector continues to make in improving tenant satisfaction.

Brigid Simmonds welcomes Community Pub Business Support Programme

10/03/16


Brigid Simmonds, British Beer and Pub Association Chief Executive, ...

Get ready for the new fivers and tenners, says BBPA

20/01/16


Pubs will soon need to get ready for the new ‘plastic’ five and ten...

Finalists named in Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year contest

10/12/15


The British Beer and Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentar...

MP nominations for Pub Chef of the Year Award pass 100 mark

02/12/15


The British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group are delighted to announce that they have received over 100 nominations from local MPs for the new Pub Chef of the Year Award

Rugby World Cup – 25 million extra pints to be sold, says BBPA

17/09/15


On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, the British Beer & Pub Associati...

Prestigious new award launched for Britain’s pub chefs

17/09/15


The British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary ...

Rugby World Cup – new BBPA guidance for pubs

09/09/15


With the Rugby World Cup about to begin, the BBPA has produced a new guidance booklet for pubs.

BBPA welcomes £24 million growth programme for rural businesses and communities

28/07/15


The BBPA has welcomed a Government announcement for a new £24 million Growth Programme which aims to benefit rural communities by unlocking the huge potential for growth in the countryside.

Rates revaluation - pubs must act quickly to avoid fines and red tape, warns BBPA

13/03/15


The BBPA is alerting publicans that they need to act quickly in response to a looming letter from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) about their rateable valuation

New posters set out the law on serving alcohol

10/03/15


A new poster campaign to help licensees raise awareness of the laws on buying alcohol for a drunken person, or knowingly selling alcohol to a person who is drunk, has been launched today.

Warm welcome from BBPA for halt on locally set fees

26/02/15


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “This is great ne...

New survey shows tenanted/leased pub closure rate of five per week, in the year to September 2014

18/11/14


As the pub code legislation reaches a critical stage in Parliament ...

BBPA welcomes moves on personal licences

14/11/14


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds has welcomed moves by the Home Office to permit the continuation of personal licences through the return of a form to the local authority.

Government moves to tackle ‘double charging’ for BIDs welcomed

10/11/14


The BBPA has welcomed moves by the Government to tackle ‘double cha...

England’s Pubs Toast Tourism

09/10/14


VisitEngland announces new partnership with The British Beer & Pub ...

Conservative party conference – good news for Chancellor, with beer Budget cheer

30/09/14


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released its ‘Cheers ...

Big cheer for beer as Q2 sales grow in both pubs and off-licences

25/07/14


UK beer sales increased at the highest rate since the quarterly survey began in 1997 according to the latest UK Quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association.

BBPA comments on today’s publication of Pub Code plans in Small Business Bill

25/06/14


"We will be studying the bill in detail, but on an initial reading, there are no big surprises. The bill as published does however raise issues, and we will be drawing these to the attention of MPs and Ministers."

World Cup - brewers and pubs ready to cheer on England!

13/06/14


With England’s World Cup Campaign about to get underway, The British Beer & Pub Association says that Britain’s brewing and pub industry will be right at the heart of supporting the team.

Business Rates – BBPA submits proposals to help small businesses

13/06/14


Amidst ongoing concern over the cost of business rates to pubs, the BBPA has submitted a series of proposals to the Government focused on helping smaller pub premises.

New Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill confirms Statutory Code for Pub Companies

04/06/14


With confirmation in the Queen’s speech that the Government will introduce a Statutory Code for Pub Companies in this legislative session, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association comments.

Government proposals on pub companies and tenants – BBPA comment

03/06/14


Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, comment.

Pub hours - big welcome for World Cup changes in Wales

30/05/14


Commenting on today’s move by the Government to help Welsh pubs wit...

Pubs are GREAT website launched by pubs Minister Brandon Lewis

20/05/14


The British Beer & Pub Association and Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis ...

Welcome for Minister's comments on pubs and school dinners

23/04/14


Comment on strong support from Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis MP, for pubs to provide school dinners reported in today’s Daily Telegraph.

Back of the net! – Pub trade delighted with World Cup extra hours

31/03/14


Welcoming today’s decision on extra hours for pubs for England’s World Cup games.

BBPA welcomes World Cup extended hours consultation

13/03/14


The BBPA has welcomed the publication of the Home Office consultation on ‘The relaxation of licensing hours during the FIFA World Cup, 2014.’ The consultation follows the Prime Minister’s decision to reconsider the initial rejection of the BBPA’s request for an extension across England & Wales.

Budget 2014 – BBPA’s ‘Pub Story’ points to huge tax and regulation bill facing local pubs

05/03/14


Local pubs face an astonishing annual bill from the Government of over £122,000 each, according to new figures published today by the British Beer & Pub Association. The figures feature in a new publication, ‘The Pub Story’, published today by the BBPA.

Licensing fees: proposed caps far too high, says BBPA

13/02/14


Comment on today’s Government proposals for a new regime for local licensing fees.

Local alcohol action areas show partnership at work – BBPA comments

13/02/14


Commenting on today’s Government announcement of the setting up of 20 local alcohol action areas (LAAAs).

World Cup pub opening hours – pubs’ delight at change of heart

03/02/14


Comment on reports that The Prime Minister has intervened regarding the late opening of pubs during the World Cup.

World Cup pub opening hours – BBPA urges rethink from Home Office

03/02/14


Comment on this weekend’s reports that pubs will not receive nationwide permission to stay open for late matches in World Cup 2014.

New guidance ensures pubs will be the real winners of Brazil 2014

24/01/14


New guidance ensures pubs will be the real winners of Brazil 2014 With only 20 weeks to go until the 2014 World Cup kicks off, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced definitive guidance for pubs, to help ensure that this year’s World Cup screenings are a success.

Brewers meet 2020 carbon target eight years early

20/12/13


The UK brewing sector has met its 2020 carbon emissions target eight years early and is on track to achieve its 2020 target for improved water efficiency. The impressive figures have been revealed in Brewing Green 2013, a new report published by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

BBPA agrees partnership with Pubs of Ulster

18/12/13


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.

Beer Tie - more pubs would close under ANY of the proposed Government pubco reforms

13/12/13


The analysis published today by DBIS from London Economics confirms our key concern; that the introduction of a guest beer, or free-of-tie options would cost thousands of jobs and close thousands of pubs

BBPA comments on Labour Party proposals on business rates

26/09/13


"We would very much welcome a cut in business rates, though not through increased Corporation Tax, as we want to see the overall tax burden on business coming down."

Small Business Rate Relief time bomb could cost pubs £15 million - new figures from the BBPA

16/09/13


Failure to extend Small Business Rate Relief from April 2014 could cost pubs in England and Wales some £15 million over the next year.

Personal licences - BBPA comments on Home Office consultation

12/09/13


Comment on the launch of a consultation on personal licences by the Home Office today

New BBPA ‘Challenge 21’ proof-of-age poster – 20,000 posters distributed with Sky Preview magazine

03/09/13


The British Beer & Pub Association has teamed up with Sky’s Preview magazine this month, distributing 20,000 of its new Challenge 21 posters to licensees who receive Sky Sports in pubs.

Business Rates review should make fairer deal for pubs a priority

15/08/13


The British Beer & Pub Association has today called on the Government to put pubs first when reviewing the future of Business Rates.

BBPA comments on ALMR benchmarking survey reports

06/08/13


Comment on recent reports of the ALMR benchmarking survey which suggests that rents are higher in the tied sector, than the free-of-tie sector.

Pubs are GREAT posters revealed by pubs Minister Brandon Lewis

30/07/13


The British Beer & Pub Association and Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis MP joined forces today to launch the key images for Pubs are GREAT; a new feature of the successful and high profile GREAT Britain initiative, led by the Number 10 team, Visit Britain and UKTI.

Blackpool EMRO – partnership working a better alternative, says BBPA

29/07/13


The BBPA is opposing Blackpool council’s intention to implement an EMRO (Early Morning Restriction Order), and has just submitted its representation to the council’s consultation.

Mandatory free-of-tie option would make many more pubs unviable – BBPA responds to Select Committee report

22/07/13


Comment on today’s BIS Select Committee report on pub companies, from Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association.

BBPA comments on new Sky prices package for pubs

15/07/13


Commenting on today’s announcement by Sky on prices for pubs in the...

New BBPA ‘Challenge 21’ proof-of-age poster for pubs shows military ID for the first time

29/06/13


Britain’s pubs are as popular with our armed forces as with the rest of the country – and to coincide with Armed Forces Day this Saturday, the BBPA has updated its iconic ‘Challenge 21’ poster to include military ID as an acceptable form of proof-of-age.

More competition in sports subscription services must be good news for pubs – BBPA Chief Executive

10/05/13


Comment on BT’s announcement on its sports subscription services

UK beer sales down 2.9 per cent in Q1 – new ‘Beer Barometer’ from the BBPA

29/04/13


UK beer sales fell 2.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, according to the British Beer & Pub Association’s quarterly Beer Barometer, published today.

BBPA comments on Government consultation on pubco/tenant relationship

22/04/13


Comment on today’s publication of a Government consultation on a statutory adjudicator for the pubco/tenant relationship.

BBPA signs new partnership with Department of Work and Pensions

05/03/13


A new partnership to ensure effective working between the Department of Work & Pensions and the trade has been launched today, with Brigid Simmonds signing on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association.

BBPA publishes Version Six of Industry Framework Code

11/02/13


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published Version Six of the Industry Framework Code of Practice for Tied Tenanted and Leased Pubs.

UK beer sales drop in Q4 2012 – action needed now on tax hikes, say brewers and pubs – new quarterly BBPA ‘Beer Barometer’

25/01/13


New figures out today on UK beer sales show that the Treasury’s damaging tax policy continues to hit the sector hard, with a 6. 2 per cent decline in total UK beer sales in the 4th quarter of 2012.

BBPA comments on statutory code consultation

08/01/13


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed disappointment at today’s decision by the Government to consult on putting the pub Industry Framework Code into statute.

BBPA reacts to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2012 – time for a change on beer duty escalator

05/12/12


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) today expressed disappointment that the Chancellor has not pressed ahead with a review of the controversial beer duty escalator in his Autumn Statement.

Alcohol strategy consultation – British Beer & Pub Association comments

28/11/12


“It is good that the Government acknowledges that sensible, responsible drinking supports pubs as part of our community fabric. I hope that the policies emerging from this review will reflect that - any review of the Mandatory Code should not result in new onerous legislation or regulation for pubs"

New figures show UK beer sales down a billion pints since Beer Tax escalator

25/11/12


New figures show that pubs are now selling a billion fewer pints of beer per year since the introduction of the Beer Duty Escalator in March 2008.

Rates revaluation delay bad news for many pubs, says British Beer & Pub Association

19/10/12


“This will come as bad news for many pubs, which were relying on the revaluation to reduce business rates because their turnover had dropped. The revaluation is an opportunity to get a fairer rates bill, so any delay is very unwelcome."

Live Music Act – reforms go live today!

01/10/12


Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed today’s ‘going live’ of licensing reforms on music in pubs, making it easier to stage live music.

Britain beer tax gap widens - new beer and pub statistics handbook

11/09/12


The tax gap endured by British beer drinkers when compared to our EU neighbours has reached new heights and must be addressed - so says British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds, commenting on the publication of the association’s Statistical Handbook 2012 – the leading statistics bible for the beer and pub industry.

BBPA welcomes new Community Pubs Minister

10/09/12


There has never been a greater need for a pubs champion in the Government. We will certainly be pressing the case for action on range of fronts, not least of which is for the Pubs Minister to champion a freeze in beer duty within the Government and to keep moving forward on cutting red tape for pubs.

Accessible pubs – new BBPA video featuring Tanni Grey-Thompson now available online

04/09/12


The BBPA has released an on-line film to promote An Open welcome - the Association’s new access guidance for pubs – with the help of legendary Paralympian Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson DBE, who took time out of her busy schedule to support the initiative.

Proof-of-age - use of military ID in new Home Office guidance welcomed by Minister and pub trade

31/07/12


New guidance from the Home Office that allows for the use of military ID in licensed premises to check proof-of-age has been welcomed by both industry and defence Minister Andrew Robathan MP.

Why being accessible is good for your pub - BBPA publishes new guidance to help pubs welcome those with access needs

26/07/12


A new guidance document published by the BBPA provides an essential guide on how to make pubs as accessible as possible. The guide has been given a warm welcome and a call to action from legendary Paralympian, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, who has written the foreward.

Machines - Select Committee proposals on stakes and prizes would help pubs, says BBPA

25/07/12


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed two key recommendations from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee examining the operation of the Gambling Act 2005.

Beer Tax – petition moves up a gear as new figures show astonishing beer tax bill per pub

19/07/12


* **Collect e-petition signatures in the pub! – BBPA and CAMRA unit...

Pubs to have their say on how regulation is enforced

04/07/12


The Government is urging anyone involved in running a pub, particularly a community pub, to feed in their experiences, good and bad, of dealing with local authorities and other regulators as part of the Focus on Enforcement campaign.

BBPA comments on Late Night Levy and EMRO plans

04/07/12


We are pleased that the Government has listened to many of the BBPA’s concerns, but there are real doubts that this legislation is necessary.

Sky price freeze good news for pubs

03/07/12


"This is good news for pubs, given big price rises in recent years."

Premiership deal must not lead to price hikes for pubs, warns trade

14/06/12


Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Asso...

2012 summer celebrations – let’s keep on top of keg security, says BBPA

23/05/12


With the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics set to boost beer sales, licensees are being urged to make sure that empty kegs and casks are stored safely and returned to breweries as soon as possible.

Superb summer of sport – BBPA issues guidance for running great pub events

26/04/12


With millions set to enjoy a superb summer of sport in their favourite local pub, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued clear guidance for pubs, which should help to ensure their European Football Championship and Olympic events run smoothly, safely and successfully.

Punitive new 20 per cent ‘Machine Games Duty’ will cost pubs an extra £14 million next year, says BBPA

21/03/12


“This is a bitter blow. For this new tax to be revenue neutral it should not have been more than 15 per cent. It will cost the pub sector £14 million in extra taxes next year."

Late Night Levy and Early Morning Restriction Orders - make your voice heard

16/03/12


With less than a month to go before the Home Office consultation closes on the controversial Late Night Levy and Early Morning Restriction Order proposals, the British Beer & Pub Association is urging licensees and all those in the trade to make their concerns heard.

New figures show vital role of beer and pubs in every Parliamentary constituency

24/02/12


The results of a huge new survey have been released today, which show the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy of Britain’s brewing and pub trade at a local level – with new and unique information for every Parliamentary constituency in Britain.

Freeze Beer Tax now, to save pubs and jobs – Budget plea to Government

10/02/12


The beer and pub industry is demanding a freeze in the Government’s controversial beer duty ‘escalator’ to avoid the loss of 16,000 jobs.

Machine tax rate – Budget announcements must be fair, says BBPA

31/01/12


The draft regulations that will determine the arrangements for the new Machine Games Duty (MGD) tax were revealed this morning.

Pubs must not run dry during Olympics – key players gather in Brewer’s Hall this morning

23/01/12


It is hugely important that pubs do not run dry and beer is kept flowing

Beer sales decline continues in 2011, but rate slows further – BBPA ‘Beer Barometer’

23/01/12


New figures released today show UK beer sales continued to fall in 2011, although at a slower rate than in previous years

Pub celebrations over Live Music Bill passage through Commons

20/01/12


The British Beer & Pub Association has described as a ‘terrific result’ the passage of the Live Music Bill through the House of Commons today.

Let’s make it ‘Pro-Pub Friday’ in Parliament, says BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds

19/01/12


Tomorrow brings the prospect of a ‘Pro-Pub Friday’ in Parliament as two measures, on live music and daylight saving, come before MPs.

BBPA comments on Home Office consultation

17/01/12


Commenting on the release today of the Home Office consultation on ‘Late Night Drinking’

BBPA responds to MPs debate on pub industry code of practice

12/01/12


Our focus remains in delivering against the recent agreements we have made to enhance the Industry Framework Code, introduce a more effective mediation service and improve support to lessees and tenants.

BBPA, BII and FLVA agree enhanced Industry Framework Code

22/12/11


The BBPA, BII and FLVA have today agreed an enhanced Industry Frame...

How many units in YOUR drink? - BBPA unit-awareness campaign materials now available

16/12/11


For those unsure how many units are in their drink, help is at hand.

Keeping the 2012 beer flowing – London’s key players to meet on 23rd January at Brewers’ Hall in City

16/12/11


With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, key players are getting together to keep the beer flowing in the capital’s pubs in 2012...

Portas proposals could help pubs - BBPA

13/12/11


“If we want to encourage people back to the High Street then thriving pubs must be part of the mix."

Pubs should not be worse off under new machine duty system, says BBPA

06/12/11


Pubs must be left no worse off by the new system of Machine Gaming ...

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – pubs need extra opening hours on Sunday and Monday

05/12/11


The Government must ensure that the people of Britain are able to g...

Chancellor’s autumn statement – automatic tax rises are just not working - BBPA comments

29/11/11


Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments: “In retreating ...

BBPA announces far-reaching reforms to Pub Industry Framework Code of Practice

24/11/11


The British Beer & Pub Association has announced extensive reforms to the Pub Industry Framework Code of Practice and resolution procedures.

Beer can put sparkle back in the rural economy - new ‘Grain to Glass’ report

22/11/11


Despite brewing being one of Britain’s unsung success stories during the current economic downturn the Government should be doing more to help the industry to flourish by supporting the supply chain from farm to pub.

Urgent need to halt ‘unprecedented’ rise in business rates - hospitably leaders warn ministers

14/11/11


Hospitality industry leaders are calling for a halt to big hikes in...

Fairness and transparency needed on music fees, Brigid Simmonds tells MPs

09/11/11


Brigid Simmonds has called for an extended voluntary code over the collection of fees for recorded music. The BBPA Chief Executive presented her views at a panel organised by Consumer Focus and PICTFOR (the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum) chaired by Eric Joyce MP in Port

Sticking to the facts on pub closure numbers

03/11/11


The BBPA has moved to set the record straight over conflicting analysis in recent days of UK pub closure figures. It is absolutely clear from CGA data, says the BBPA, that free trade pubs have been closing at a much faster rate that tenanted and leased pubs in recent years.

PPL – BBPA welcomes delay in proposals to increase fees

31/10/11


The BBPA has welcomed the decision by PPL that it has deferred action on plans for huge fee rises in its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) Tariff, which covers the playing of music at discos in pubs and nightclubs.

Planning – time to tackle red tape, says BBPA submission

26/10/11


The Government should stick to its guns on planning reform, which could liberate pubs from unnecessary red tape when it comes to minor modifications to premises.

VisitEngland Launches Online Tool for Pubs to Improve Access for Visitors

23/10/11


VisitEngland, the national tourist board, today launches a new version of the Access Statement Online Tool, aimed at helping businesses cater for visitors with access needs. This new version is specifically tailored for pubs and has been created in partnership with the British Beer and Pub Associat

Support English Tourism Week 2012, says Brigid Simmonds

19/10/11


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds is urging brewers and pubs to get behind English Tourism Week, which runs from 10th to 18th March 2012.

Trade bodies unite on excessive PPL fee proposals

17/10/11


Representatives of leading industry trade bodies have united to oppose proposals from PPL for huge fee rises in its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) Tariff, which covers the playing of music at discos in pubs and nightclubs.

Jubilee – Government consults on extra licensing hours

11/10/11


British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds Comments:

Localism Bill change is huge saving to trade – Brigid Simmonds

10/10/11


Commenting on last-minute changes made to the Localism Bill in the House of Lords last night on ‘community right to buy’,

BBPA comments on ECJ case

03/10/11


Commenting on the European Court of Justice judgement in the Karen Murphy case, Brigid Simmonds, British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive

Select Committee report on Pub Companies – BBPA rejects call for statutory code, which would shut more pubs

19/09/11


Commenting on today’s Select Committee report on Pub Companies, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association

Cost of running a pub - BBPA report gives vital new data

15/09/11


New data on the cost of running a pub has been released today by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The information, contained in Running a pub – Guide to costs for tenants/lessees, should prove a vital resource for would-be licensees seeking to operate their own pub, says the BBPA.

How many units in YOUR drink? - BBPA unit-awareness poster campaign revealed

17/07/11


The British Beer & Pub Association has revealed the first designs in a new national campaign to raise awareness among pubgoers over the number of units in their favourite drinks.