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  • BBPA welcomes appointment of expert panel to help save Britain’s high streets

    18 July 2018

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the appointment of a new panel of experts to diagnose the issues currently affecting the health of the UK’s high streets. The panel will also advise on the best measures to help high streets thrive both now and in the future. The appointment of the expert panel kickstarts Great British High Street Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the high street to promote The Great British High Street Awards 2018. The week will gather pace today with an event in parliament to celebrate Great British High Streets. Commenting on the appointment of the expert panel, BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “This expert panel, which will look at the issues affecting our high streets and what can be done at a practical level to help them, is a fantastic way to kick-off Great British High Street Week. “We especially welcome the inclusion of NewRiver Director Emma MacKenzie on the panel, who has expertise in both the retail and pub sectors. The successful future of our high streets is inextricably linked to leisure and hospitality, which increase dwell time on the high street. The great British pub therefore has a key role to play in the future success of the high street. “I would urge high streets up and down the country to enter this year’s Great British High Street competition, which is now in its fourth year. The competition highlights good practice through leadership, events, training, partnerships and an understanding of what makes the high street unique. This will help high streets across the country to attract shoppers and pub goers.”

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  • England fans to drink TEN MILLION extra pints during semi-final match against Croatia

    11 July 2018

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is predicting that home fans will buy TEN MILLION extra pints at the pub during the semi-final World Cup match against Croatia, as they cheer on the England team. The extra number of pints bought during the knockout stage match could provide a boost to the economy of up to £30 million. The Great British pub will be one of the main benefactors of a surge in demand for beer as fans cheer on the England team against Croatia at their local, which will take place on Wednesday 11thJuly at 7pm. The taxman will be cheering the loudest when England play Croatia. Counting receipts from beer sales, the Chancellor could get an additional windfall as high as £4.5 million from beer drinkers and pub-goers watching the match. The BBPA had predicted that during the group stages of the World Cup, England fans would purchase up to 16 million extra pints while watching England in their games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. It also predicted that England fans would purchase up to 6 million extra pints during the last 16 match against Colombia, and 8 million extra pints during the quarter-final game against Sweden. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “When it comes to watching the World Cup, only being at the game itself can compare with being in the pub. With the England team doing us proud and progressing through the knockout stages of the tournament, fans will continue to pack out their local to cheer on the boys. It’s fantastic news for both English football and the Great British pub!”

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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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  • BBPA welcomes 2018 Great British High Streets Competition and urges swift action to help High Street pubs

    04 July 2018

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the return of the Great British High Streets Competition for 2018, which shines the light on Britain’s best high streets and their vital contribution to the soul and economic viability of towns and cities across the UK. The BBPA has been a member of the Governments High Streets forum since 2014 and Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, has been a judge for all four previous Great British High Street competitions. Although celebrating the UK’s high streets is important, the BBPA believes that pubs on the high street pay a disproportionate amount of business rates. BBPA figures indicate that pubs pay 2.8% of the total business rates bill, yet only account for 0.5% of total rateable turnover. This is an overpayment, relative to turnover, of £500 million. With many retailers closing their stores, the leisure offer of the high street – in particular pubs – has become increasingly important for driving footfall back to the UK’s high streets. The BBPA knows that pubs, which are the beating heart of their local communities already, can play a key role in driving footfall back to the high street. The BBPA is clear that business rates need to be reviewed and a new, fairer way to tax businesses as an alternative to a property tax needs to be developed. Whilst the Treasury remains committed to a finite sum to be collected through business rates, pubs and other businesses still standing on the high street will have to pay more to meet the shortfall. This is unfair and adds further pressure on high street businesses. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds commented: “The high street is an important part of any town or city in the UK and the Great British high streets competition is a fantastic way to celebrate this. We would urge high streets up and down the country to enter the competition. Our experience from previous years makes clear that local leadership, partnerships, events and an understanding of their local market really can make a difference. “However, with consumer spending on the high street down, and many choosing to do their shopping online instead, pubs and the wider hospitality industry are more important to the prosperity of our high streets than ever before. Currently pubs shoulder an unfair business rates burden and they need support from the Government. This means creating a more level playing field, whereby online retailers pay a fairer share of the total rates.”

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  • England fans to drink SIX MILLION extra pints in last 16 match against Colombia

    29 June 2018

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is predicting that home fans will buy six million extra pints at the pub during the last 16 World Cup match against Colombia, as they cheer on the England team. The extra number of pints bought during the knockout stage match could provide a boost to the economy of up to £18 million. The Great British pub will be one of the main benefactors of a surge in demand for beer as fans cheer on the England team against Colombia at their local. The taxman will be cheering the loudest when England play Colombia. Counting receipts from beer sales, the Chancellor could get an additional windfall as high as £2.7 million from beer drinkers and pub-goers watching the match. If England beat Colombia and progress to the quarter finals of the World Cup, the BBPA predicts that an extra eight million pints will be bought during the match. The game would take place at 3pm on Saturday 7thJuly, a perfect time for Great British pubs to host the game. This would provide as much as a £24 million boost to the economy and a windfall for the taxman as high as £3.6 million from fans watching the match at their local. The BBPA had predicted that during the group stages of the World Cup, England fans would purchase up to 16 million extra pints while watching England in their games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “When it comes to watching the World Cup, only being at the game itself can compare with being in the pub. With the England team doing us proud and getting to the knockout stages of the tournament, fans will continue to pack out their local to cheer on the boys. It’s fantastic news for the Great British pub!”

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  • CO2 Supply Shortage - Guidance

    20 June 2018

    The BBPA has been made aware of a shortage in the supply of CO2, which may already have impacted beer producers nationally and which now threatens to impact pubs.   The situation is different from that which the industry experienced in 2015 in that this more recent shortage affects mainland Europe in addition to the UK. Supply issues here in the UK are being further complicated by a combination of planned plant shutdowns and unexpected equipment failure, in particular in connection with one of the two major national producers of bulk CO2.   Whilst some members may still be receiving supplies of CO2, this shortage will undoubtedly impact on those many smaller suppliers who distribute locally but who will be supplied in turn by the National producers.   To ensure that we can inform our members of the latest developments, the BBPA has contacted the two companies involved. We have also been in contact with the British Soft Drinks Association as well as DEFRA and BEIS.   Whilst we will continue to contact those involved and to reiterate the impact of such a shortage on the brewing industry, the situation at present is very much in the hands of the producers themselves. We understand that the shortage may last for at least the next few weeks and that one supplier has already been in contact with their customers to notify them of force majeure.   The BBPA recommends that in the first instance members contact their supplier if they have any specific concerns. We would also urge those BBPA members seeking to contact their retail customers/partners to reiterate the importance of using beverage dispense gas supplied only by reputable providers and which is of the appropriate food grade. Advice on the safe use of beverage gases can be found here.   Members who have any questions or would like to share any relevant information should contact Steve Livens at the BBPA (slivens@beerandpub.com).

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