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Culture & Tourism / Employment / General / Licensing / Regulation / 26 May 2015

Queen’s Speech - BBPA welcomes prospect of deregulation and Business Rates reform

Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said:

“I very much welcome the focus on reducing the burdens on business; our sector employs around one million people and along with the rest of the hospitality sector, can be a key engine for economic growth and job creation.

“Plans to extend the ‘Primary Authority’ scheme is good news, as pubs can benefit from the cost savings of having to deal with only one local authority when it comes to enforcement in areas such as health & safety and fire regulation. The BBPA is building on an existing relationship with London Fire Brigade, and I would hope that licensing is an area where this principle could be extended.

“We will also be looking at opportunities for more deregulation, and contributing to the review of Business Rates, where we have long been campaigning for reform. More apprenticeships is also great news. This is something that has been warmly embraced by BBPA members, and is vital for our industry.”

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