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  • BBPA comments on report into high streets and town centres

    21 February 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today commented on the publication of a report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on high streets and town centres. The report follows an inquiry to which the BBPA gave evidence. Commenting on the report, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As a member of the Government’s Future High Streets Forum, the BBPA has called consistently for the Government to help high streets and town centres. We were also delighted to give evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on the matter. The Great British High Street’s competition and the new fund for high streets announced in the Budget are both very welcome initiatives, but there is more to be done. “As highlighted in the BBPA’s evidence to the Committee, the current business rates system penalises businesses like pubs for investing in their property, as improvements lead to rates rises. The Committee’s recommendation of exploring the introduction of a 12 month ‘holiday’ on these rates increases is most welcome. This would be a positive step forward in regenerating high streets and town centres across the UK if implemented. “The report also recommends replacing business rates for bricks and mortar businesses with a sales tax or an increase in VAT. As always, the devil is in the detail as to whether this would be effective. In any case, a replacement of business rates would need to address the fact that pubs and high street businesses are unfairly taxed, whilst online retailers are not contributing enough. As the report notes, pubs alone pay 2.8% of the total business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of total rateable turnover[1]. We welcome the call for the Government to come forward with views on how business rates could be reformed by October this year. Without doubt a full review is required. “The Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s decision to cut business rates for high street and other small businesses by one third for the next two years in the Autumn Budget was most welcome, as was the announcement of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund. These actions, combined with a number of the recommendations outlined in the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report, are a welcome step towards securing the future of the high street and the pubs that serve them.”

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  • BBPA welcomes London Night Time Commission report findings, but says pubs are key to success

    31 January 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the publication of the London Night Time Commission’s report, which has concluded that London’s night-time economy can play a major role in helping to save its struggling high streets. London’s night-time economy employs 1.6 million people and contributes billions to the economy. The Commission has made it clear in its report that even more can be done to build on this success, calling for activity between 6pm and 6am to be placed at the heart of London policymaking. This should include pubs, says the BBPA, which are already a successful and key part of London’s night time offer. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “High streets in boroughs across the city are an important part of London’s economy, but many are struggling. We therefore welcome this report by the London Night Time Commission, which recognises the vital role the night-time economy can play in revitalising London’s high streets. “Pubs are a huge part of London’s night-time economy, creating jobs and driving growth on the high street. London has over 3,800 pubs that directly employ over 67,000 people, of which 34% are under the age of 25. This shows that pubs have a vital role to play in growing London’s night-time economy and boosting high streets across the city. As an industry though they face many threats from beer duty to business rates and need support from the very people who say they value the role of the night-time economy. “Key to growing the night-time economy in London is enforcing the Agent of Change principle. This supports pre-existing venues like pubs, ensuring that housing developers have to put in adequate soundproofing for new dwellings located nearby.”

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