Former England Cricket Captain Sir Andrew Strauss has today been announced as the guest speaker for the BBPA’s Annual Dinner & Awards 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. Among the world’s most respected players, Strauss is one of only three England captains in history to secure Ashes victories both home and away. Under his stewardship, the national side was ranked the top Test team in the world. One of the finest batsmen in the game, Strauss scored over 7,000 runs in his career. A resourceful and dependable opening bat, he often made valuable contributions in tricky situations and was always recognised for his leadership and professionalism. Off the field Strauss was equally popular with supporters and media, doing an enormous amount to promote Cricket. He retired from the pitch after his 100th Test and took to commentary work with Sky, before becoming the first Director of Cricket for the national team. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Andrew is recognised across the globe for being one of cricketing’s greats. His experience as the England cricket team captain, turning the national side around to become the best in the world, makes him a fascinating speaker. I admire him as a person and am delighted at his award of a knighthood, so very much look forward to what he has to say at our dinner.” Places are filling up fast for the BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards 2019, run in partnership with Pub & Bar magazine. The evening brings together business leaders in the brewing and pub sector, key industry stakeholders and parliamentarians, to celebrate the outstanding achievements of key individuals and organisations within the sector. To book either a table or individual tickets for the Annual Dinner, visit the dedicated booking website bbpaawards.co.uk, or contact email@example.com.
Total beer sales decreased by 2.2% in Q2 2019 on the same period in 2018 In the on-trade (e.g. pubs), beer sales decreased by 2.8% on the same quarter in 2018 Off-trade sales of beer decreased by 1.7% on the same quarter in 2018 Beer sales in the second quarter of 2019 were down 2.2% on the same period in 2018, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association. The slump was driven by falling beer sales in what is known as the on-trade, otherwise referred to as pubs and bars, which decreased by 2.8% on the same period in 2018. Sales of beer in the off-trade, which refers to outlets such as supermarkets and off-licence shops, also fell – decreasing by 1.7% on the same quarter in 2018. The BBPA has highlighted that the decline was against a particularly strong Q2 2018, where sales were boosted by a long period of good weather and the group stages of the World Cup. Beer sales in the on-trade, however, remain under considerable pressure generally with pub numbers continuing to decline as a result of high taxes including beer duty. The BBPA has been clear that measures need to be taken by the Chancellor to at the very least cut, or if not, freeze, beer duty in the Budget. Without doubt this will help many community pubs to survive, it says. At the moment, public finances include an inflation linked increase in beer duty. The BBPA is therefore continuing to support the “Long Live The Local” campaign – from Britain’s Beer Alliance – which is calling for a cut in beer duty to decrease the significant cost pressures pubs face and help give them a boost. The trade association also supports action on business rates, which it claims are overdue for reform. Speaking on the Q2 Beer Barometer, Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Britain’s beer industry is a world-class manufacturing sector. Together, brewing and pubs support 900,000 jobs in towns and villages across the UK. As the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink, it is important that the Chancellor supports beer and the pubs that serve it in their local communities. “We know that cuts and freezes to beer duty make a big difference in helping pubs and boosting beer sales. There is a very real threat, however, that the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, will increase beer duty at the next Budget. After two back-to-back beer duty freezes in 2017 and 2018, an increase would be a big step back. What we really need is a beer duty cut to give pubs a big boost.” Download the full Q2 2019 Beer Barometer spreadsheet here
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the announcement by Chancellor Sajid Javid that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, duty-free shopping in EU countries will return. The decision to bring back duty-free shopping in UK ports, airports and international train stations would mean people travelling to the EU from the UK would not have to pay excise duties on alcohol in a duty-free shop. It would also give travellers a new option to buy limited amounts of alcohol in duty-free shops in Europe and bring it back to the UK. At present, people who travel back to the UK from the EU can bring back unlimited amounts of alcohol for their own use, if they pay duty in Europe (although there is some guidance on this from HMRC). This would still continue. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Brewing and pubs are vital attractions for our tourism industry and boost UK exports too. In fact, many tourists who drink beer in the UK take it back home too. Enabling European tourists to buy British beer duty-free and share it with friends and family back home can only help in promoting our beer exports overseas. “Restrictions on the amount of beer that could be brought into the UK duty free are welcome. 82% of the beer consumed in Britain is brewed in Britain, using many British ingredients such as malting barley, so it is imperative we continue to support our own brewing industry. In the event of a no-deal scenario, it is also extremely important that the Government acts to ensure the existing system that allows beer to move around Europe seamlessly is maintained with minimal disruption. “Deal or no-deal Brexit, if the Chancellor is serious about supporting British brewers, beer drinkers and pubs, then he should cut beer duty in his next Budget. We pay the third highest beer duty in Europe and 11 times more beer duty than Germany.”