Responsibility

The BBPA and member companies are committed to promoting a responsible drinking culture in the UK. Through a number of initiatives, such as Challenge 21, alcohol unit awareness campaigns, and working with partnerships including Pubwatch and Best Bar None, the industry has gone to great lengths to promote responsibility. All licensed premises can play a part to promote responsibility in our sector. Guidance for licensees on running responsible premises can be found below, including guidance on noise control, gambling, selling alcohol responsibly and drug use in pubs.

  • BBPA responds to changes to social gatherings

    09 September 2020

    Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "This announcement came as a surprise, but it is clear that the Government are concerned about the recent rise in COVID cases. We need to fully assess the detail of the new restrictions when the Prime Minister speaks later today. As one of the few sectors participating in track and trace the pub sector has been fully playing it’s part in ensuring people follow guidance to contain the spread of the virus up to this point and we will continue to do so. "The impact of these new announcements can have a cooling effect on public confidence. This restriction comes at a delicate point in our pub recovery after a steady start this summer. We were already worried about levels of trade moving into Autumn and Winter. Pubs will need more support from Government with continued business rates relief, VAT cuts and flexible furlough, as well as a significant cut in beer duty to help them survive, protect jobs and continue to serve communities. We need the Government to send the clear message that pubs remain open for business and the public should continue to support them."

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  • Joint statement concerning local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester

    17 August 2020

    Joint statement on behalf of Admiral Taverns, Greene King, Hydes, Joseph Holt Brewery, JW Lees, Marston’s PLC, Punch Pubs & Co., Robinsons Brewery, Star Pubs & Bars and Stonegate Pub Company concerning local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester: “The COVID-19 pandemic has given us all a new set of responsibilities. They are responsibilities that we all take incredibly seriously and we know that we all have an important role to play in ensuring the virus is controlled in Greater Manchester and beyond. "It is vital that the trade and all industry stakeholders continue to follow the Government guidance on measures to restrict the spread and keep venues safe. In particular we continue to support the track and trace measures in collecting customer details every time that they visit a pub wherever possible. "We also call on the public to accept their role here too, working with pubs, bars and restaurants in following guidance put in place, respecting staff and providing their contact details in support of track and trace. It is in everyone’s best interests that we continue to act responsibly and restrict the virus wherever we can.”   This unprecedented joint statement has been backed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said: “I have called for the safe return of the pub and hospitality industry and I welcome the fact that the majority are complying with all the Government Guidelines, but the majority are being let down by the minority who are not taking the regulations seriously.  I am happy to support the sector but we do need the whole industry to step up. “I am also asking the public to continue to follow the guidelines that are in place to keep them safe. Most people are doing so, but some are not and I urge those people to think twice. If you get Coronavirus, you may not know, and spread the infection further in your home and your community. "We are all adjusting to a new situation, and I know it is difficult, but now is not the time to give up. We must all work to reduce the rates of infection within our city-region.”   Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, said: “The public must play their part in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. It is on us to respect social distancing, track and trace and all of the measures that are in place to keep us safe. While some may feel that they aren’t in the ‘at risk’ age group, it is their family and grandparents at home who they are putting at risk and I urge them to consider that when planning a night out with large groups. “The majority of venues are working extremely hard to keep customers and staff safe, and I thank them for that. It is only by working together that we can overcome this devastating time for the sector.”

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