Uncategorised / 14 December 2017

Looking to the future, with the right policies for beer and pubs - Christmas reception in Parliament

Mike Wood, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer group, welcomed guests to a packed House of Commons terrace last night, for the annual BBPA and APPBG Christmas reception.


In a keynote speech, newly-elected BBPA Chairman, Simon Emeny, told MPs and industry guests, that the sector was looking to the future to tempt Generation Z into the pub, but pubs will need to be affordable, he said, and the sector needed support from Westminster to keep costs down.


On taxation, we have a business rates system designed in 1967, he said, which was forcing shops and restaurants to close. He warmly welcomed the freeze in beer duty in the Budget, but more action was needed to create a level playing field with online businesses when it comes to tax.


Finally, on the challenge of Brexit, he highlighted the sector’s need to recruit ambitious, hardworking and enthusiastic colleagues from the UK to work in pubs, especially in kitchens.


In his speech, Treasury Minister Andrew Jones praised the industry, and said the Government fully understood the vital role the sector played, which was why it received support in the November Budget. He said he received more vigorous lobbying from the industry than for any other sector, but the industry was pushing at an open door.

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