BBPA Licensee Guidance Library

A library of guidance for licensees:

The BBPA is the leading supporter of the British pub and a great number of us enjoy the pub trade responsibly as customers. Yet behind the bar, pubs embody a highly regulated and complex business model. Success as a pub operator requires knowledge that covers a vast range of issues and procedures. Prospective and new licensees will need a good understanding of the legislation that affects the sector, and existing licensees will find that regulations, laws and procedures are continually altered and updated.

As the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies, the BBPA is able to offer expert advice and guidance on the wide ranging issues that a licensee may face. Through this webpage you can find an extensive list of industry guidance and related resources, continually updated by the BBPA. This guidance will be of great benefit to licensees and is available free of charge to provide support for the wider industry in the running of a pub. The consolidated guidance covers a diverse range of areas, from licensing to food hygiene, from responsible drinking to fire safety.

Guidance is available on areas such as the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW), an important issue for licensees. The NMW was first introduced as law from 1st April 1999. The current Government has now introduced a NLW for employees of 25 and above, to come into effect from 1st April 2016, with further minimum wage increases to follow, dependent on age range. The BBPA has produced comprehensive guidance on these wage increases, as well as the method to calculate the NMW for different types of work and the penalties for failing to adjust.

The full library of BBPA guidance and related resources can be accessed below.


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BBPA Licensee Guidance Library industry briefings

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Cost guide for tenants and lessees 2016

This information is provided to help those wishing to take on a tenanted or leased pub business be as well informed as possible about the costs involved in running a pub.

Responsibility and Partnerships

BBPA engagement with partners to promote responsibility

Nutritional Guidance for Licensees

Guidance for licensees whose pub businesses include the provision of food to the public.

Children in Pubs

There are many myths surrounding children's access to pubs and what they can and can't do when on the premises.

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme

HMRC have published a briefing pack for businesses affected by the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme.

BBPA Guidance: Duty to Manage Asbestos in Licensed Premises

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR) includes an explicit duty to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises.

BBPA Licensee Guidance Library blog posts

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Reform of energy efficiency taxation for pubs and breweries - what the 2016 Budget told us

The 2016 Budget contained a vast range of measures that will affect...

Britain's beer duty compared with EU Member States

You may have seen a story in the Sun on Sunday, published last week...

National Pubwatch conference 2016 – Saving lives in the night-time economy

As the majority of those in the trade will already know, pubwatches...

Tackling the business rates burden on pubs

The BBPA believes the current business rates regime is profoundly unfair to pubs and will continue to fight for a better deal.

Catching up with KingstonFirst business improvement district

KingstonFirst (in Kingston upon Thames), was the first Business Imp...

Budget 2016 - the pub under pressure

As we move towards the Budget on 16th March, the BBPA team is very ...

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