News

Twitter updates


  • BBPA publishes new 2019 cost benchmarking data for tenants and lessees

    28 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today published the latest edition of its operating cost guide for tenants and lessees. The data is intended to help those wishing to take on a tenanted or leased pub business to be as well informed as possible about the current costs involved in running a pub. The BBPA’s guide provides valuable information for tenants and lessees on typical operating costs in the pub sector. The guide gives existing tenants and lessees the opportunity to benchmark their own business and compare their own costs against these published industry norms. The guide shows the average cost of running a leased and tenanted pub over a range of pub models based on turnover and business types. It covers a wide range of pubs, from those with little in the way of food sales, to those that are largely food-led, and takes account of the significant variations that exist in the cost base, even within those pubs that are broadly in the same category. As in previous editions, the guide’s input data and sources change each year, so the information should not be used to determine trends from year to year. The guide also makes clear that all pubs are unique and that actual costs incurred will be dependent on the different aims and styles of the business according to the location, the market and the skills of the tenant or lessee. As well as providing average costs, the guide also includes the minimum and maximum operating costs, providing a range of scenarios across different types of business. Commenting on the new benchmarking data, a BBPA spokesperson said: “Whether you already run a pub or are thinking of taking one on, this new report is a must-read. It includes essential information on the current costs involved in running a local pub and can be downloaded – free of charge – from our website.” The new benchmarking data can be downloaded from the BBPA website here.

    Read more
  • BBPA responds to Conservative manifesto

    25 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s Brewers and pubs, has today responded to the publication of the Conservative Party manifesto. The manifesto has outlined that the Conservative Party would: Cut business rates for small retail businesses including pubs Establish a £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help purchase community assets including pubs Review alcohol duty to ensure the tax system is supporting British drink producers Commenting on the manifesto, a British Beer & Pub Association spokesperson said: "Pubs are the heart of our communities, so the commitment to ease their tax burden is welcome. Three pubs a day close their doors for good due to the tax pressures they face. "On business rates, pubs pay 2.8% of the total rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. Reducing rates for pubs is an important step in the right direction. Such reliefs are vital until the fundamentally unfair system is overhauled. “When it comes to community pubs, what is needed is investment and support. It is important that measures to bolster the rights of individual communities to purchase pubs do not act as a disincentive to invest in or operate a pub business. “The commitment to review alcohol duty to support British drink producers is very welcome. Beer tax is a particular burden for pubs where 7 out of 10 alcoholic drinks sold are beer, a lower strength British made product. Particularly as we pay 11 times more beer duty than both Spain and Germany. “A freeze or cut in beer tax at the next budget is the most direct way of helping pubs stay viable. It would also show that Boris Johnson is listening to the 220,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign, calling on the next government to cut beer tax to support local pubs and the communities they serve. With a further 109,000 people also writing to their MP calling on them to support pubs by cutting beer tax, it is imperative the next government recognises the strength of feeling on the matter.”

    Read more
  • BBPA responds to Labour manifesto

    21 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s Brewers and pubs, has today responded to the publication of the Labour Party manifesto. The manifesto has outlined that the Labour Party would: List pubs as Assets of Community Value so community groups could buy local pubs under threat of closing Replace Business Rates with a land value tax Introduce four new bank holidays celebrating the four patron saints’ days Review the evidence on the effect of minimum unit pricing of alcohol Label alcoholic drinks with “clear health warnings” Commenting on the manifesto, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The Labour Party has rightly noted in its manifesto that too many pubs are closing. “When it comes to community pubs, what is needed is investment and support. It is important that measures to bolster the rights of individual communities to purchase pubs do not act as a disincentive to invest in or operate a pub business. “Given that seven in ten alcoholic drinks sold in a pub are beer, the most direct way of keeping pubs viable remains a cut in beer duty. This would answer the call of the 220,000 people who have signed the Long Live the Local petition calling on the next Chancellor to cut beer duty, supporting local pubs and the communities they serve. A further 109,000 people have also written to their MP calling on them to support pubs by cutting beer tax, showing the strength of feeling on the matter, which the next Government must recognise. “The current business rates system is hugely unfair on pubs – they pay 2.8% of the business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. A complete overhaul of the existing system is required, but at this stage it is not clear if Labour’s land value tax will directly help pubs. “Additional bank holidays will hopefully be a boost for the pub trade, and could be done in tandem with extended hours to give a further uplift. “Minimum Unit Pricing should be carefully evaluated before a proposal is considered in England. Particularly as it has only been in place in Scotland for just over a year. “As an industry, we already clearly label our products with health information including alcohol units and ABV, as well as signposting to Drinkaware where the full guidance on low risk drinking can be found.”

    Read more
  • BBPA respond to Liberal Democrat manifesto

    20 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s Brewers and pubs, has today responded to the publication of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto. The manifesto has outlined that the Liberal Democrats would: Review the UK excise duty structure to better support whisky exports Replace Business Rates in England with a Commercial Landowner Levy based solely on the land value of commercial sites rather than their entire capital value Introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol, taking note of the impact of the policy in Scotland Commenting on the manifesto, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Any review of UK alcohol taxation must include beer – a lower-strength, British-made product. “Beer tax is a particular burden for pubs as 7 out of 10 alcoholic drinks sold in them are beer and we pay 11 times more beer duty than Spain or Germany. “With three pubs a day closing their doors for good, cutting or freezing beer duty as part of a review of UK alcohol taxation is essential. This would answer the call of the 220,000 people who have signed the Long Live the Local petition calling on the next Chancellor to cut beer duty, supporting local pubs and the communities they serve. “The current business rates system is hugely unfair on pubs – they pay 2.8% of the business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. A complete overhaul of the existing system is required, but at this stage it is not clear if the Liberal Democrat’s Commercial Landowner Levy will directly help pubs. “The impact of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland should be carefully evaluated before a proposal is considered in England. Particularly as it has only been in place in Scotland for just over a year.”

    Read more
  • BBPA welcomes measures to help businesses

    18 November 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s Brewers and pubs, has today welcomed a pledge from the Conservative Party to introduce measures to help businesses. The measures, announced by Boris Johnson at a CBI Conference in London today, include cuts to business rates and National Insurance contributions. The pledge follows the publication of the BBPA’s manifesto for beer and pubs, which has called on the next Government to reform the current unfair business rates system, as well as implement other policies to help Britain’s brewers and publicans. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “We have been calling for the reform of the broken business rates system for many years. Pubs pay 2.8% of the business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. Reducing their rates is a very welcome move, helping pubs to keep their doors open until the fundamentally unfair system is overhauled. “As an industry we employ over 900,000 people, but face sharply rising costs when it comes to employment. The pledge to cut National Insurance contributions is therefore most welcome, especially as the vast majority of pubs are run as small businesses. “Given that seven in ten alcoholic drinks sold in a pub are beer, the most direct way of keeping them viable is to cut beer duty, which we continue to call on the next Government to do.”

    Read more
  • BBPA publishes manifesto with key asks of next Government

    18 November 2019

    With the general election just weeks away, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today published a manifesto for beer and pubs, outlining what the next Government should do to help the industry thrive. British brewing is a world-class manufacturing sector and over 80% of Britain’s 48,000 pubs are run as individual small businesses, but they face major challenges, the manifesto says. This includes a disproportionate tax burden, especially when it comes to beer duty and business rates, meaning one in every three pounds spent in the pub goes to the taxman. The manifesto therefore urges the new Government to commit to backing the 200,000+ supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign, who have signed the petition calling for a cut in beer tax. Furthermore, the manifesto highlights that as labour-intensive businesses, pubs also face sharply rising costs in the form of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the apprenticeship levy. This, it notes, is also combined with an acute shortage of pub chefs and kitchen staff at a time when a quality food offer is becoming critical for pubs to thrive. The manifesto also describes how pubs and brewers have a unique role to play in a post-Brexit world, ranging from helping British businesses and tourism thrive, to enhancing Britain’s reputation overseas. However, to achieve this, the manifesto outlines that the UK needs the most competitive tax and regulatory regime in Europe post-Brexit. As an industry that employs 900,000 people, adds £23 billion to UK GDP and contributes £13 billion in tax revenue, the trade association is calling on all political parties to commit to support UK beer and pubs by: Implementing a real-terms cut in beer duty over the course of the next parliament Backing the 200,000+ supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign Addressing the unfairness of the business rates system Recognising the growing cost burden of pub businesses Not adding further burdensome regulation to the beer and pub sector Providing greater flexibility to promote and market lower strength beer Enabling a trading relationship with the EU that allows for the seamless movement of beer Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs and brewing are not only vital to the UK economy, but to our culture and way of life as well. The next Government must recognise this and work to create an environment in which they can thrive. “Our manifesto sets out what the next Government can and should do to support our sector. I hope candidates in all parties recognise the importance of brewing and pubs in the communities they seek to serve, and help promote these policies our sector urgently needs.” The full BBPA manifesto, along with a supporting information and assets, can be downloaded here: https://beerandpub.com/campaigns/general-election-2019/

    Read more
>

Find a news story

Filters