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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed a policy U-turn by the Government, which means that international students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after graduating from 2021. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “With 24% of employees in UK pubs coming from overseas – rising up to 40% in some metropolitan areas – and 42% also being under the age of 25, letting international students stay in the UK for two years after graduating is welcome news for our sector – particularly as we face a real skills shortage.”
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.”