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  • BBPA response to lifting of Plan B restrictions

    19 January 2022

    Responding to the announcement from the Prime Minister, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “The announcement from the Prime Minister today to remove all Plan B restrictions when they expire on 26th January is extremely good news for our pubs and brewers. However, the severity of the impact these measures had on trade during the festive period and into the new year must not be underestimated.  “It is vital the Government now lays out its plan for living with Covid as an endemic disease, this will enable the sector to plan for a strong and sustainable recovery. After yet another setback and numerous false dawns, now is the time to support the sector for the long term with measures that will enable pubs and brewers to thrive as the heartbeats of our local communities and economies.  “We are urging the Government to act now and extend the current lower level of VAT for food and beverages sold in pubs with a view to making this permanent, implement Alcohol Duty Reform proposals that encourages consumption of beer as a lower-strength product, and introduce business rates reform that reduces the disproportionate burden paid by pubs and levels the playing field with online businesses.”  

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  • WBPA response to Welsh restrictions changes

    14 January 2022

    Responding to the announcement that restrictions in Wales will be lifted from the end of January, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Welsh Beer and Pub Association said: “The news that restrictions in Wales will be lifted from the end of January is fantastic for pubs and brewers. Of course every day of trading counts, especially in light of the huge loss of trade over the festive period, and we would love to have been open earlier. The average pub in Wales lost more than 30% of income over the two week Christmas period which has hit bottom lines incredibly hard. “We will continue to work closely with Ministers in Wales to ensure that brewers and pubs in Wales, so vital to the visitor economy, can restart their recovery in earnest. The ongoing support of the Welsh Government will be important to make sure Welsh brewers and pubs bounce back as quickly as possible.”

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  • BBPA launches new website to showcase brewery and pub sustainability initiatives

    11 January 2022

    Via a new web-based format, ‘Brewing Green’ showcases the latest work BBPA members are doing to reduce the environmental footprint of the sector The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has launched a new website to highlight the sustainability initiatives and innovations of the sector. BrewingGreen.org contains over 35 new case studies from brewers, pub operators and supply chain companies across the UK, explaining in detail and with illustrations the measures they are taking to combat climate change and contribute to the sector's pathway to net-zero. The website reinforces the sector’s commitments to reducing the it’s environmental impacts and features some of the latest initiatives by UK brewers and pub operators, including Asahi, Budweiser Brewing Group UK & I, Greene King, Heineken, Molson Coors, Wadworth, St Austell Brewery and Punch. Also included are initiatives from companies linked with the brewing and pub supply chain including raw materials and ingredients suppliers and distribution partners. The website also includes details on both the Hospitality and Brewing roadmaps to net zero. It will be updated on a regular basis to feature new initiatives and to follow the journey the sector makes as it strives to reach it’s ambitious net zero goals.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “I am delighted to launch our latest version of Brewing Green in its new web-based format. “By visiting www.BrewingGreen.org, stakeholders can follow our sectors journey as it strives to reach net zero. “Our sector has a proven history of environmental leadership and vision and which now extends to its ambitions to reach net zero ahead of the UK Government 2050 target. Having this website is a great platform for us to showcase the many exciting initiatives are members are doing in the sustainability space.”

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  • BBPA predicts 7.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer will be sold this January

    05 January 2022

    But trade association warns most low and no beer won’t be bought or consumed in pubs The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed it expects 7.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer to be sold this month, as some consumers look to abstain from alcohol for ‘Dry January’. However, the vast majority of that low and no alcohol beer will be sold in shops and supermarkets, not pubs, the trade association has warned. It is therefore urging Brits to support their local this Dry January by enjoying a pint of non-alcoholic beer at the pub – including non-alcoholic beer on draught. ‘Dry January’ has always been a quieter month for pubs, with consumers reducing their visits to the pub as they abstain from alcohol. However, in light of recent COVID restrictions which decimated pubs’ trade over the critical Christmas and New Year period (the BBPA estimates that pubs sold 37 million fewer pints over Christmas – worth £300 million in trade) the BBPA says it is vital that Brits support their locals this January and beyond. It is therefore urging beer drinkers doing Dry January to support pubs still by enjoying the large range of  alcoholic lagers and ales pubs now offer – including on draught.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “It has been a torrid Christmas for pubs, which now need the support of the communities they serve in the difficult months ahead. “The range and quality of non-alcoholic beers in the UK has never been better. Some are now available on tap in pubs, making them the perfect option for those doing Dry January who are thirsty for a pint. “If more of the 7.8 million pints of non-alcoholic beer we expect to be consumed this January are sold in pubs, it will be a big boost for our sector. “I urge beer drinkers and pub goers taking part in Dry January to still support their local. With such a great range of low and no alcohol beers in pubs – including on draught – it’s the perfect way to still savour a pint this Dry January!”

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  • BBPA welcomes Chancellor’s package of support for hospitality

    21 December 2021

    Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement regarding short-term support measures for the hospitality sector, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the BBPA said: “This short-term package of support from the Chancellor is welcome at this extremely challenging time for pubs and brewers. It will be a vital lifeline for many and will help compensate businesses for the dramatically reduced trade already being experienced in the run up to Christmas. “It will be absolutely essential that the Government continues to monitor and support our sector for the long-term as we ride out the pandemic and into recovery. Ensuring our pubs and brewers continue to have the support they need, including further financial support if further restrictions are introduced, along with a clear timeline for the lifting any such measures. Our overwhelming hope is to remain trading and serving our customers and communities."

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  • Pubs will sell 37 MILLION fewer pints and lose £297 MILLION this Christmas, but the Government isn’t giving them support  

    16 December 2021

    BBPA writes to Chancellor pleading for financial support in light of the Government’s advice to avoid socialising   The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed that pubs will sell 37 million fewer pints and lose out on £297 million in trade this Christmas. The stark figures come as the trade association also reveals that last week alone (Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th December) that over 3 million pub visits were cancelled. The trade association says it expects cancellations to increase after the Government advised people to avoid events or plans in the days ahead of Christmas in the Prime Minister’s press conference on Omicron on December 15th.  It says its members are already seeing a dramatic drop in footfall in their venues. The BBPA says that although no new restrictions have been announced the message to the British public to avoid socialising is just as damaging for pubs. In an urgent response to the advice, it has today written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak pleading with him to deliver financial support to pubs and the wider hospitality sector. It says the Chancellor must do this in recognition of the decimation the sector faces to its trade this Christmas because of the Government advice. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs will sell 37 million fewer pints and lose out on £297 million in trade this Christmas. Over 3 million bookings in pubs were cancelled last week alone. “The Government’s message to avoid socialising is a hammer blow to our sector. It will shake public confidence dramatically to go out and visit the local. “Although no new restrictions have been announced, the message to not socialise is hugely damaging to our sector. “This is one of the most important trading periods of the year for pubs and a time we should all be able to enjoy the local. Instead, pubs are in purgatory – allowed to stay open without restrictions, but with people essentially told to avoid them. “The Government must take responsibility and step in to save pubs this Christmas. We’ve written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a matter of urgency to provide the vital furlough and grant provisions our pubs need, in addition to VAT and Business Rates support. “Without support pubs across the UK have a real fight on their hands for survival.”

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