Today the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the Government’s response to updating consumer protection in the package travel sector. The response, from the Department of Business, Innovation, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), outlines how BEIS and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will review the operation of the Package Travel Directive after six and twelve months. The Government will also continue dialogue with the Tourism Alliance and other key stakeholders, including the BBPA. Alongside the Tourism Alliance, the BBPA is looking forward to the opportunity to assess how much protection is needed for a domestic package which does not require travel, by rail or coach for example, and how the tourism industry could be helped to be more productive. Pubs and other local businesses who work together to create appealing offers to UK tourists should not be discouraged from doing so by the cost of bureaucracy. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, today commented: “Pubs are a hugely important part of the UK tourism market, and in recent years more and more pubs have begun to offer rooms. “It is important that local businesses are allowed to work together to create compelling domestic tourism offers. A timely review of the Package Travel Directive enables the Government to examine the cost burdens being placed on businesses.”
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website! We hope you agree the new look is a small improvement on what we were sporting previously. The best news is that we have created a much more navigable website. This means that whether you are a BBPA member, a publican or simply a member of the public interested in beer and pubs all our wonderful news, campaigns, statistics and guidance is right at your fingertips. We also want to update you on several brand-new website features. Some of these are open to everyone but a fair few are exclusively for our members. If you are a BBPA member, make sure you have your log-in information to enjoy all the benefits. We will now run through each section of the website to ensure you can maximise your enjoyment of the new website and make use of the new features. KEY FEATURES/SECTIONS News We’ve kept our News section simple. Using the search function, you can toggle articles and blogs or search by topic with ease. All of our latest and most popular news is highlighted so there’s no reason not to keep up with all the latest goings on in the industry. About In the About section you can learn all about the rich history of the BBPA. You can also see what we’ve been up to lately and how to get in touch with the whole team. Our Passion We are passionate about beer and pubs. In this section you can read all about the industry, from the history of pubs, to how beer is made or articles on working in the industry. Take some time to have a read and become beer and pub experts, just like us! Members Our members are at the heart of everything we do so we want show off who we represent in a great new format. Here, all our members and associate members have a profile, a short introduction and links to their website. The Licensee Forum is new to the website. Free guidance is available to all licensed premises, ranging from advice on health and safety to responsible retailing. The contact box is for those interested in joining the forum, as well as giving you the opportunity to ask us any queries. Campaigning Campaigning is a huge part of what we do at the BBPA. The new campaign section lists all the campaigns which we are currently working on, discussing why we are doing them, and gives you guidance on how you can get involved. Policy We cover a wide range of issues and over the years have produced a lot of content. To help you get to the information you need we have organised our policies by topic. Simply click through to the Policy Area you are interested in and get lost in the BBPA policy team’s fountain of knowledge. Export Hub The Export Hub is a one stop shop for all things exports. You can easily download our Export Strategy and Best Practice Guide. We have also built an Export Showcase. This features brewers dedicated to promoting British Beers abroad and we will work with Government and others to signpost international buyers to this page. We want to grow this over time and hope all our members get involved, so any members who want to be showcased on this section should get in contact via the contact form on the page. We have also launched our new Country Profiles page. We have been working hard researching all the different regulation and labelling requirements of key markets. If you’re trying to get involved in this market we are sure the information on these pages will be invaluable to you. However, this section is restricted to our members. Statistics We work closely with our members and keep up to date with the latest insights to ensure we have industry-leading statistics. We have produced all-new charts detailing the key facts and figures. Explore beer sales over time, see how many pubs there are in the UK, and gain insight into the latest stats on exports. This section comes with additional benefits for our members; simply log in to access a wider range of data than the public view. Shop We have updated our shop. Our products should be much easier to find and we have a new speedy checkout. All this means it is even easier for you purchase what you need. Statistical Handbooks, guidance on CO2 in Cellars, Energy Best Practice…you name it, we have it. Members’ Area Members now have a bespoke new area which will also make it much easier if you sit on any of our panels or expert groups, or indeed would like to get involved with them. Here you can find policy position papers, parliamentary briefings, industry updates, technical circulars, as well meeting minutes and agendas. Additionally, a new diary of upcoming events means you need never miss another meeting. What now? There’s still lots to do! You will notice throughout the website we have inserted feedback forms. We want to hear from you on any issues and we want you to share your knowledge and experiences, as well as recommend any improvements. One thing we have learnt from this project is that you can never have enough photos! So if you have any photos of beautiful pubs, the wonderful people involved in the industry or pictures of delicious beers then we want them! Please email email@example.com. Lastly... A big thank-you to Lighthouse London who have done a great job on the website. Check out their own website to learn more about their design, development and digital strategy expertise.
Today the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and UKHospitality have published guidance to assist employers in the sector throughout the employment process. The guidance takes employers from the stage of recruiting a new employee to ending the employment relationship, and has been developed in combination with Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). The document provides tailored guidance for SMEs on a range of employment issues in the hospitality sector, from managing staff absence and discipline to providing equal opportunities. The publication also provides links to further information and tools from Acas, such as equality policy templates and template contracts, to support employers at every stage of the employment journey. Andy Tighe, Policy Director of the British Beer and Pub Association, commented: “The newly developed guidance is an excellent tool for employers, supporting you through every stage of the employment process. The jointly written guidance will help any new start up or established business deal with key employment-related issues.” Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “People are at the heart of the hospitality sector and it is crucial that employers have as much information as possible to ensure they remain compliant with the law in what is an increasingly complex area; and also foster a harmonious relationship with their employees. The advice that Acas provides is hugely beneficial and we would urge all hospitality businesses to follow the step-by-step guide and ensure that they access the expert guidance available.” Tom Neil, Acas Senior Guidance Adviser, said: “Some employers within the hospitality industry want to grow their businesses but hesitate in case they misinterpret employment law. This new guide is simple to use and will help small business owners get the basics right when it comes to recruiting, settling and managing staff. “A better understanding of the law can make all the difference between managing staff well and potentially facing a costly and stressful employment tribunal if things aren't handled correctly.” The guidance can be found here.