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  • £285 million invested by pub operators ahead of reopening, as sector fights to recover

    09 April 2021

    BBPA reveals huge investment sector has made in leased and tenanted pubs ahead of outdoor reopening from April 12th The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed that pub operating businesses have invested more than £285 million in supporting their leased and tenanted publicans as they prepare to reopen once more from April 12th. The investment came in the form of rent and other costs waived or reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic and is in on top of significant financial support to help ensure pubs are Covid-secure and can start to re-open outdoors on Monday. The investment used to help makes sure pubs are Covid-secure and can reopen outdoors on Monday includes marquees and tepees in pub gardens that meet Government guidelines, along with outdoor heaters and outdoor beer pumps and fridges. These will ensure outdoor space is safe, comfortable and hospitality for customers, as well as efficient in terms of service. The BBPA has said the £285 million invested by pub operating businesses in their pubs across the UK showed the commitment to securing the future of their partners’ pubs and the sector as a whole. With the right support from Government and the ability to trade fully from 21st June, tenanted and leased pubs have a strong future, they can be a key engine for growth whilst remaining at the heart of their communities for years to come, the BBPA said. It also said the investment showed the benefits of the leased and tenanted model of pubs, which is a partnership model that allows entrepreneurs and pub-loving individuals the chance to successfully run their own pub business. It said the support given to leased and tenanted publicans during the crisis was unprecedented and had enabled thousands of pubs across the country to survive the crisis, which without the support could have been lost forever. The trade association says the Government must now recognise the investment the pub industry has made in its pubs, ahead of their reopening from April 12th, by continuing to support the long term recovery of UK pubs and address the disproportionate tax burden faced, through permanently lower VAT rates extended to all food and drink, a cut in beer duty and Business Rates reform.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Our sector is enormously proud of the investment we have made in our pubs and publicans. £285 million invested in our leased and tenanted pubs shows we are ready to get back open for business. It also shows we have supported our publicans through every step of this crisis. “It has also freed up our publicans to invest in their pubs as they look to start reopening outdoors from April 12th. “It is evidence of the strength of the leased and tenanted pub model. A model which has survived the ups and downs of hundreds of years and is now working to help the sector survive through the COVID-19 crisis. “We truly believe our pubs have a great future ahead of them, which is why at every level the sector is investing in them. Crucial to pubs’ recovery though is ensuring the Government matches this investment by the industry with its own financial support. That means long term cuts to beer duty, VAT and business rates.”   More info Leased and tenanted pubs are where pub owners invest in entrepreneurs who then run the pub as their own business, with low start-up costs, and by paying the pub owner lower fixed rent in exchange for the supply of beer/other drinks. The model ensures that risk and reward is shared by both the Landlord that owns the pub property and the Tenant pub landlord who runs the pub, which has resulted in thousands of pubs having the best chance possible to bounce back strongly after the Covid Pandemic. The leased and tenanted pub model is a partnership between pub owners and entrepreneurs, creating and running profitable and sustainable pub businesses that thrive within their local communities.

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  • Confirmation of outdoor reopening of pubs welcome, Government must continue to stick to roadmap

    05 April 2021

    BBPA responds to confirmation that pubs will be able to reopen outdoors only from April 12th The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed confirmation by the Government that pubs will be allowed to reopen outdoors only from April 12th, as indicated as the earliest date they could do so in the Governments roadmap. The BBPA said that whilst the news was exciting for publicans and pub goers a like, it was important to remember that just 40% of pubs in England – 15,000 – would be opening for outdoors service from the 12th, making it all the more important that the Government sticks to its roadmap dates to ensure pubs can reopen indoors from May 17th and without any restrictions from June 21st so they can all reopen and begin their recovery.  Indeed those opening on 12th April will almost certainly be making a loss but are desperate to welcome back their customers and serve their local communities. The trade association, alongside other industry bodies, has stated its concerns and frustration over the Governments handling of the reopening of pubs. In particular, they are concerned over suggestions of vaccine passports for entry to premises, as well as changes to guidelines on how pubs operate including not being able to pay at the bar, which they feel is grossly unfair as cafés and non-essential retail are not under the same restrictions. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We welcome the great news that our pubs can reopen once more for outdoor service from April 12th. “That first pint back in the beer garden is going to be a special moment. People across the country have been looking forward to it for months. “We expect 40% of pubs, some 15,000 in England, to reopen from April 12th. Those that do open have invested a lot in ensuring customers are both comfortable and safe, making the most of the pub beer garden. But we should remember that those opening will be loss making with the ability to trade beyond break even coming with the removal of all restrictions. “With so many pubs still not opening though, it’s crucial the Government sticks to its roadmap and allows pubs to reopen indoors from May 17th and without any restrictions at all from June 21st. That is the only way our pubs can trade viably and begin to fully recover. “We continue to have deep concerns over the Governments proposals around vaccine passports and changes to guidelines on how pubs will operate once they reopen. Not allowing customers to pay at the bar for food or drink in pubs, but allowing it in cafés or shops is completely unfair and illogical.”

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  • Pub trade dismayed at Government backsliding on reopening restrictions

    01 April 2021

    Representatives of the UK’s pub industry have today written to the Prime Minister to express their incredulity at the Government’s stealthy backsliding on pub reopening rules. Trade bodies UKHospitality (UKH), the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British Institute of Innkeepers (BII) have stated their outrage by the threat of more impositions on pub businesses. Despite the ‘cautious’ approach to restarting the economy the industry had been relieved to hear that all restrictions would be removed by June 21st. However, it now seems the hospitality industry could be burdened with vaccine passports, over-complicated test & trace rules and an inability not able to take payments indoors at reopening – a triple whammy for hard-pressed publicans who have been forcibly closed for months. The review into Covid Status Certification, led by Michael Gove, looks likely to recommend that pubs and other hospitality venues must demand immunity proof from people, to allow them to enter – with the threat of fines for venues if non-compliant. This could prevent millions of young people visiting the pub for months, unless they get themselves tested in advance. The Government has also announced that all customers will need to sign into the pub on entry, rather than just one member of the group as was previously the case. This will add more confusion and inconvenience for customers and staff. For reopening on April 12th, for outdoor services only, Government has refused to confirm that payment at the bar will be permitted. This means that customers returning to their local may be unable to make payment in outdoor spaces. This will be an even bigger problem for rural pubs with poor connectivity levels yet it is deemed safe to take payment inside in all shops and in non-licensed cafes and other venues from this point. In a joint statement, the pub representatives said: “Government has promised the country that we will be reopening but we are now being told that this will be with our hands tied behind our backs. Pubs will already be trading at a loss when they reopen with all the existing restrictions and covid-secure measures in place.  Adding further disproportionate and discriminatory measures threatens the very survival of thousands of businesses. It’s unfair to single out our sector again with these added impractical burdens that will have economic consequences and risk our recovery. “We want to trade our way back to prosperity, not rely on state handouts but  if Government insists on restricting our ability to trade then they will need to stump up more business support. We need to see a further extension of the business rates holiday through to October and more furlough support to save the millions of jobs we support.”

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  • WBPA responds to indications over reopening of pubs

    01 April 2021

    Trade association looks forward to working with Welsh Government to also help develop funding package for support going forwards The Welsh Beer & Pub Association (WBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs in Wales, has responded to indications over the reopening of pubs given by First Minister Mark Drakeford today. The indication is that pubs and other hospitality will be able to reopen outdoors from April 26th, with a view to reopening indoors between May 17th and the late May bank holiday. The WBPA says this gives pubs something to plan towards. It also says pubs still need restart grants like those in England and Scotland to enable them to survive through to reopening.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Welsh Beer & Pub Association, said: “We welcome the First Minister’s indication that outdoor hospitality will be able to reopen from April 26th. This gives our sector something to plan towards. “The further indication that indoor hospitality will be considered for reopening in the period following May 17th is also an important step forward. “We look forward to further discussions with the Welsh Government concerning the types of restrictions that will be in place and a funding package going forwards.”

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  • UK pubs to miss out on selling 85 million pints this Easter due to forced closure 

    01 April 2021

    BBPA highlights ongoing damage forced closure is causing pubs, reiterates Government must stick to reopening roadmap   The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed that UK pubs will miss out on selling 85 million pints this Easter due to the fact they are required to remain closed.  Pubs across the UK also remain unable to sell takeaway beer this Easter too, due to restrictions meaning they can only sell food for takeaway and not beer.  It means those looking to celebrate the Easter bank holiday weekend cannot do so at their local, either for a pint in the beer garden or for a roast dinner.   Pubs remain closed in England until April 12th at the earliest, where according to the Government’s own roadmap they should be able to open outdoors only. This will be followed by indoor reopening on May 17th and opening without restrictions from June 21st at the earliest.  According to the BBPA, the loss of beer sales from this Easter bank holiday weekend alone will result in the sector losing out on £325 million in trade across the UK that would have been crucial to its recovery.  More importantly though, it is the second Easter in a row where pubs will not be able to open their doors to customers, meaning families and friends have not been able to celebrate the occasion or enjoy their Easter holiday by visiting their local for a pint or pub dinner for 2 years in a row.  The trade association also said the forced closure of pubs this Easter weekend was even more sad because the weather is set to be so good, meaning in usual circumstances people would make the most of the pub beer garden.  The BBPA says it is crucial that pubs in England, following limited outside opening in April and indoors in May, can re-open and trade fully from June 21st as stated in the Government’s roadmap for reopening.     Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:  “A visit to the pub over Easter is one of life’s simple pleasures, but sadly for the second year in a row our pubs remain forced shut.  “Millions of pub goers will be missing out on a trip to their local for a cold beer and pub dinner, as well as valuable time spent in the company of others.  “It’s a major disappointment for pubs and publicans too, who cannot wait to reopen for their communities and for who the Easter trade would be a major boost.   “Instead, they will miss out on selling some 85 million pints worth £325 million in trade to the sector.  “It is particularly sad as the sun will be out this Easter, yet people will not be able to soak up the rays in their local pub beer garden.  “It is imperative the Government’s roadmap to reopening in England does not get delayed. We hope our pubs will be able to start re-opening outdoors from April 12th and from there on it is key the roadmap is stuck to and pubs are fully reopened without restrictions by June 21st.”  ENDS 

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  • Welsh publicans at crisis point urge First Minister for more support and reopening dates

    30 March 2021

    Publicans and operators who run hundreds of pubs in Wales say they need restart grants like their English and Scottish have been allocated Publicans and operators who run hundreds of pubs across Wales have today urged First Minister Mark Drakeford to provide them more support and clear dates on when they can expect to reopen once more. They say they are at crisis point as they are not getting the financial support they need from the Welsh Government, nor have they been given dates yet or a roadmap on when they can expect to reopen their businesses as the vaccine rollout continues apace across Wales. The publicans and operators say the First Minister is not giving Welsh publicans enough financial backing, when compared to the support and clarity on reopening their counterparts are getting in England and Scotland. The last grant for pubs in Wales covered the period up to the end of March, yet pubs cannot expect to reopen fully until May. According to them and the Welsh Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association in Wales representing pubs and brewers, they need restart grants like those in England and Scotland urgently to ensure their pubs can survive continued lockdown and reopen once more. The First Minister this weekend suggested that pubs may be able to open outdoors in late April, but the date for a full reopening indoors remains unknown. In comparison, pubs in England are still eligible for one-off grants up to £18,000 and have a clear roadmap to reopening, whereby they can open from April 12th at the earliest for outdoors service only, followed by indoors service from May 17th and a full reopening without restrictions from June.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Welsh pubs are in limbo, with no clarity on when they can expect to fully reopen nor the financial support they need to continue to survive in lockdown. “We will continue to work closely with the Welsh Government but our pubs and publicans in Wales are suffering, and cash reserves are rapidly becoming exhausted. If the First Minister wants to prevent pubs from falling at the final hurdle, we must have more support. We need a clear indication with dates on when they can expect to fully reopen, as well as great increase in the level of support they are getting to ensure they can hold on.”   Geoff Fiddler, Publican at one of Wales oldest pubs, the Skirrid in Llanvihangel Cucorney near Abergavenny, said: “We urgently need a detailed timeline for the reopening of Welsh pubs. We’ve been kept in the dark for too long with little support. Like many other Publicans, we are frustrated by the Welsh Government’s claims that they are providing the most generous support package in the UK when in reality, we are not seeing where this money is going. With eligibility restraints around the Sector Specific Support, so many of us are missing out. Without more information surrounding reopening, or an increase in support, many pubs will certainly struggle to obtain their former glory, place in the community and financial stability.”   John Thompson and AndyTaverner of the Gaerwen Arms, Anglesea, said: "Being located in a tourist area, we are keen that there is a measured approach taken to reopening, providing us with plenty of notice so we can factor in stock and staffing.  We need a timetable so that we can plan ahead as the opening and closing, like at Christmas when there was minimal notice, is the hardest thing for our business."   Barrie Jones of the Rhydypennau Inn, Aberyswtyth, said: "Pubs like mine need certainty of dates when we can reopen so that we can get in stock and make sure everything is Covid safe."   Marsha Ward of The Taffs Well Inn, Taffs Well, said: "At this time we have nothing to work towards. We cannot advise staff of their anticipated return date to work, budget for and source stock, negotiate delivery timescales, plan staff rotas, market to our customers in the lead up to our reopening date. Whilst our counterparts in England have had a clear path for some time. “As for now, we sit and wait and watch as our precious Spring months roll in to one another with no ability to plan ahead. Our trading areas unused, sunny days passing, our customers asking us daily as they walk by... ‘when do you think you'll be open?’. “We understand there is an announcement planned for this Thursday and trust that sense will prevail."

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