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


Failure to extend Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) from April 2014 could cost pubs in England and Wales some £15 million over the next year, according to new figures from the British Beer & Pub Association. The BBPA has written to industry bodies inviting them to work together to encourage the Government to continue this important relief for pubs.

SBRR sees a variable discount on rates for business with a rateable value of up to £12,000. This discount, worth approximately £1,000 on average, is due to expire at the end of March 2014, unless the Government decides to extend it further. Current estimates suggest that this will affect 16,000 pubs across England and Wales.

The move to support SBRR is part of a wider initiative by the BBPA on the issue of business rates. Recognising the success of the collaborative, cross-sector beer duty campaign, the BBPA has this week invited a wide cross-section of the industry to work together on business rates.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“Pubs across the country can ill-afford this extra cost on their businesses. We had a boost from the beer duty cut and the wider economy is improving – but this could knock the sector’s recovery off-course.”

“The Government has supported and spoken up for pubs on a range of issues, so I believe it is sensitive to the impact of high business rates on pubs.”

Notes to editors:

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 50,000 pubs.

Small business rate relief was introduced in 2005 and was most recently extended to 2013/14 in the Autumn Statement of 2012. This allows rate relief of up to 100% for small businesses, worth approximately £1,000 per annum on average, or over £15 million across the industry. Around 16,000 pubs currently benefit from a discount.

Until 31 March 2014 there is a 100% relief or properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less. The rate of relief gradually decreases from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000.


Community, Pubs, General, Property & Planning , Regulation, Business rates

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