Licensing and regulation

The BBPA offers support to licensees to understand issues surrounding licensing and regulation. Guidance is available on the Licensing Act, as well as other regulatory areas.

  • BBPA responds to airport licensing laws consultation

    01 November 2018

    Responding to the airport licensing laws consultation, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Millions of us enjoy a drink at airports as a relaxing way to start a hard-earned break. Any new measures to tackle the minority of disruptive passengers must therefore be proportionate and not penalise the responsible majority. “This consultation issued by the Home Office today is comprehensive and raises a number of issues that need to be addressed. Although imposing the full Licensing Act on airports may be unnecessary and overly restrictive, there is much more airports and airlines can do to help tackle disruptive passengers. “Best practice training for outlets selling alcohol at airports is an option. I know several airports are already doing this and are seeing a positive impact as a result. “As demonstrated elsewhere in the sector, partnerships are the best way forward. Schemes such as Best Bar None, which promotes responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, could easily be adapted to an airport setting. The BBPA is already working with a number of airports and will continue to do all we can to ensure that alcohol is sold in a responsible way.”

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  • BBPA responds to “eye-watering” PPL fee proposals

    04 July 2018

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to proposals from PPL for fee rises to its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) Tariff, which covers the playing of music at discos in pubs and nightclubs. Commenting on the fee proposals, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “We are extremely disappointed that PPL are proposing such eye-watering increases to their Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff which covers pubs, clubs and other venues that put on discos and DJ events for customers. A 450% increase in the tariff (from 3.8p per person per hour, to 22p per person per hour) on top of proposed structural changes that could more than double this figure, will simply not be viable for many licensees at a time when pubs are already facing major cost pressures in terms of increasing taxes and other regulatory costs. Whilst we welcome discussions on ensuring fairness and clarity in how the tariff is calculated and if improvements can be made to deliver this, we believe that these discussions must take place first and any impact considered further before there are proposals for cost increases. “As PPL note in the consultation document, the SFE tariff is already increased annually by the Retail Price Index (RPI). Of course, RPI itself is now a discredited measure of inflation, but the use of this measure will have seen the SFE tariff increase by over 50% since 2003. This is compared to a 38% increase in the Consumer Price Index, the official measure of inflation, during this period. We are grateful for the dialogue and engagement we have had with PPL on this issue over the last year, but see no justification for further increases in the tariff at this time and we will be responding accordingly.”

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