Budget 2017 – Chancellor’s beer duty freeze a boost for British beer and pubs

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The Chancellor’s decision to freeze beer duty and cancel his planned rise is an early Christmas present for beer drinkers and pubgoers worth £117 million this year and in subsequent years. It will secure over 3,000 jobs in pubs and the wider beer supply chain that would otherwise have been lost. This real-terms duty cut shows he has listened to our campaign and the concerns of pubs and pubgoers, and a...


Election 2017 – BBPA manifesto urges all parties to back policies for unlocking growth and investment in British beer and pubs

With the general election just weeks away, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published a manifesto for the brewing and pub industry outlining its...



Pubs carrying huge tax burden from business rates, new report shows

Britain’s pubs carry one of the heaviest tax burdens in the UK economy, says a new report from Oxford Economics for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).


Brewers say it with beer - industry thanks MPs for second duty cut

Brewers thanked the MPs who took a second penny off the pint in last month’s Budget in time-honoured tradition – by brewing a beer for them.


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

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


World Cup opening hours –licensees urged to respond to consultation

With the Government’s snap consultation on extended hours for the World Cup ending this Wednesday, the BBPA is urging licensees to get involved in the on-line consultation.


BBPA comments on Personal Licences

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments on the Government announcement on personal licences.


New glass recycling targets for glass will save companies millions, says BBPA

The BBPA has welcomed the reduction in the amount of waste glass that must be covered by packing waste recovery notes (PRNs) announced today, from 81 per cent to 75 per cent of glass, which will dramatically reduce the cost of compliance to brewers and pub companies, saving an estimated £15 to £20 million.


Business rates – check you receive your rate relief says BBPA, and new advice for help on business rates help for pubs affected by floods

With business rates bills an ongoing concern for pubs, the BBPA is urging publicans to check that they receive the retail business rate relief discounts that were announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, last December. Local authorities are responsible for setting up a scheme to administer the retail rate relief. If business rates statements do not show the discount, or there is no information about the discount, then pubs should contact their local authority.


Budget 2014 reaction – huge cheer for beer, as brewers and pubs celebrate further one pence duty CUT!!

Commenting on the second, historic beer duty cut in the Budget, Bri...


BBPA welcomes World Cup extended hours consultation

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.


Blackpool EMRO – BBPA’s Brigid Simmonds comments

Comment on the decision by Blackpool Council to unanimously reject an EMRO (Early Morning Restriction Order)

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