The British Beer & Pub Association has today welcomed the launch of various consultations by the Government to cut waste and plastic, but has urged that a pragmatic approach is needed to ensure that objectives are achieved in the most cost-effective manner that work across the UK. Responding to the launch of the consultations, including a consultation on a proposed Deposit Return Scheme, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Brewers and publicans fully support efforts to cut waste and plastic and so we welcome these consultations. However, a pragmatic approach is needed to ensure waste is reduced in a cost-effective manner that works across the UK. “We support a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles, but we also believe that enhancements to the current recycling schemes which collect cans and glass from residential and business properties can ensure we continue to achieve the high targets set by government. “There is currently a separate consultation on a DRS in Scotland, but the BBPA believes that a UK-wide system is crucial to making a DRS a success. This would avoid unnecessary costs and significant fraud risk in what is an integrated UK supply-chain and market for drinks containers. Evidence from other countries also shows that an industry-run, not-for-profit, scheme would likely deliver the most cost-effective results. “The proposed changes to Producer Responsibility Obligations will, according to the consultation, lead to a tenfold increase in the cost of PRNs (Packaging Waste Recovery Notes). This is significant for our industry as the beer and pub sector are major contributors to the current regime and will now bear the full cost of collection, recycling or disposing of waste. It is therefore important that any changes brought about by these consultations fully take into account the impact on businesses of all sizes, many of whom in our sector are already operating under significant regulatory burdens. We’ll be making this clear in our responses to these consultations.”
The annual Hospitality Works campaign has today launched for 2019, promoting hospitality as a sector where jobseekers can find gainful employment and a successful career. With the support of national hospitality employers, the campaign will be led by the Department for Work and Pensions, The Springboard Charity, UKHospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association. It will showcase the great career opportunities available across the hospitality sector, which currently faces a skills shortage. Hospitality Works 2019 will centre around two ‘Big Bash Events’ held in Manchester and Leeds. The Leeds ‘Big Bash’ event will kick off on 20th of February and the Manchester ‘Big Bash’ event will take place on 8th of March. Both events will provide opportunities for a range of employers to meet with their local Job Centre Plus and potential future employees. The Hospitality Works campaign has created in excess of 8,000 work placements since its conception in 2015. With the set-piece ‘Big Bash’ events and countless other events around the country planned, a record number of jobseekers are expected to find themselves a career in hospitality this year thanks to the campaign. Springboard’s Chief Executive Anne Pierce CBE commented: “In an industry where skills shortages continue to be challenging and labour shortages heading rapidly to crisis point, there is an acute need to take positive action to attract more people from the UK into the hospitality industry and fill the growing number of vacancies – particularly in the cities. This is why Springboard will be, once again, joining DWP as a major partner in Hospitality Works, rallying our industry partners, ambassadors and delivery teams to engage, inspire and influence jobseekers to join our fantastic industry, through a range of national and local inspirational activities and events in partnership with job centres in every region of the country.” Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association commented: “The BBPA are delighted to once again support the Hospitality Works campaign. Our industry needs to do more to recruit UK citizens to our workforce whether behind the bar or in our kitchens, as pub chefs, or wider roles within the team. I am pleased our members are taking part in this important campaign up and down the country, working with Job Centres and potential employees. “Campaigns such as Hospitality Works do a great job of promoting the huge variety of career options which the hospitality sector can provide, enabling those looking for work to embark on an exciting and rewarding career.” Hospitality Works 2019 will also be supported by some of the biggest employers in the industry including Marston’s, McDonalds, Hilton, Ei Group, Caffé Nero, Bourne Leisure and Yo! Sushi. They’ll be taking part through visiting schools, holding events at job centres and welcoming jobseekers into their businesses for a taste of hospitality and to understand what opportunities are available to them within the sector. If you want to participate as a business/employer, please email email@example.com or follow the #JobsWithASmile hashtag on social media.
Responding to a call for evidence on airside licensing, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Many of us enjoy a drink at airports as a relaxing way to start a hard-earned break. Any measures taken to tackle the small minority of disruptive passengers must therefore be proportionate and not penalise the responsible majority. “Our members with airside pubs already sell alcohol in a responsible manner, reflecting the key aspects of the Licensing Act which they adhere to in all their other venues, even though they do not apply airside. Extending the Licensing Act to airside pubs would be bureaucratic and disproportionate. There are, however, other actions that can be taken, including extending the best practice of pubs to other outlets who serve alcohol in airports, but might not elsewhere. Looking at potential trigger points for disruptive passenger behaviour, like the sale of miniatures at duty-free check-outs and free alcohol in airline lounges, also needs to be considered. “Just as the BBPA has worked with the Home Office to create a better understanding of the law around serving customers, there is considerable potential for raising awareness of the law at airports. Operating voluntary codes of practice across all airside retailers and operators, thereby ensuring common standards and best practice, would also be effective. Training is also key, so that both retail and airline staff are able to recognise and deal with disruptive passengers, including stopping them from boarding an aircraft and ensuring the responsible sale of alcohol. Displays to educate passengers about the risks of drinking irresponsibly positioned in key locations across an airport would also be beneficial. “As demonstrated elsewhere in the sector, partnerships are key to tackling this issue. Best Bar None, which promotes the responsible operation of alcohol licensed premises, is already piloting a scheme with Manchester Airports Group that could be adapted by other airports if successful. The BBPA has also been working with a number of airports who are keen to learn from our experience in this area, working together to ensure that everyone sets off on their flights in a relaxed, but better informed way.”