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  • BBPA meets with HM Treasury ahead of Budget

    18 October 2021

    Trade association makes case for cutting Beer Duty, Business Rates and VAT so sector can lead levelling up agenda The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today met with HM Treasury officials to make representations for the brewing and pub sector ahead of the Budget on October 27th. In its meeting with HM Treasury, the BBPA highlighted the vital role pubs and brewing play in supporting over 900,000 jobs in communities across the UK and contributing £26 billion to the UK economy across towns, villages and cities. It made the case that if the Government is serious about Building Back Better and Levelling up, it must invest in pubs and brewers who have a leading role to play in the recovery as they come through the pandemic and continue their world-leading status. To achieve this, the BBPA underlined in the meeting the importance of co-investment from Government in the sector in the form of a fairer tax burden and more level playing field with other European nations post-Brexit. It made the case for its three key Budget asks: cutting beer duty overall, extending business rates relief and permanently lowering VAT for all food and drink sold in pubs. In concluding the meeting, it emphasised with HM Treasury officials that investment from the Government will enable the beer and pub sector to drive a jobs-rich recovery, whilst ensuring a pint in a pub remains an affordable pleasure.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As we count down the days to the Budget, it was very productive holding a meeting with HM Treasury to further make the case for investment in our sector in the form of fairer taxation. “Investing in our brewers and pubs is investing in our communities and society to build back better. In return we will create jobs, boost the local economy and help our communities reconnect and unite again. “If the Government is serious about levelling up, it must get serious about reducing the tax burdens on our sector.”

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  • BBPA Dinner: Ralph Findlay and Paul Scully MP win awards, as event raises over £7,000 for charity

    15 October 2021

    BBPA reveals winners of dinner awards and money fundraised for charity Ralph Findlay, former CEO of Marston’s PLC – and Paul Scully MP, Secretary of State for Small Business – have been revealed as winners of awards at the BBPA’s Annual Dinner 2021. The dinner took place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge in London on Wednesday 13th. Over 300 guests from across the beer and pub sector, media and politics attended the event – the first event for the sector to come together once more following the pandemic. Ralph Findlay won the BBPA’s Chairman’s Award in recognition of his service to the beer and pub sector after 20 years in charge of Marston’s PLC, which he stepped down from earlier this month. Paul Scully won the Beer and Pub Champion Award in recognition of his support and advocacy for helping the brewing and pub sector during the height of the pandemic as Secretary of State for Small Business. At the event, over £7,000 was raised for the Pedalling for Pubs, a charity bike ride that will see members of the sector ride 300km across Jordan in aid of pubs, breweries and the wider hospitality industry in the UK. The money raised will be channelled into projects that support those in need via The Licensed Trade Charity and Only a Pavement Away. To find out more about the charity bike ride and to donate, visit www.pedallingforpubs.org.uk/.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “After 20 years at the helm of Marston’s, it is fantastic to see Ralph Findlay win the Chairman’s Award. As both a long standing board member of the BBPA and champion for our sector the award is thoroughly deserved! “As a true supporter of our sector, it is great to thank Paul Scully MP with our Beer and Pub Champion Award. His support during the lockdowns through to now as our sector begins its recovery has been critical. “This Annual Dinner was particularly special given it followed the lockdowns. It was wonderful to see everyone properly again. More importantly, we managed to raise over £7,000 for our charity partners the Licensed Trade Charity and Only a Pavement Away!”

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  • Hospitality and tourism sector bodies unite to call for a permanent lower rate of VAT to help boost recovery

    01 October 2021

    Leading trade associations representing the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors have joined forces to call on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to introduce a permanent lower rate of VAT for these fragile sectors, helping to safeguard their future, protect jobs and to accelerate the UK’s economic recovery. Under Treasury plans, hospitality and tourism VAT rises to 12.5% from today (1st October) and will return to its pre-pandemic level of 20% come April 2022, just as next year’s peak season begins for much of the sector. Now the trade bodies - UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping, Tourism Alliance and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions - are warning that unless VAT remains permanently low at 12.5%, the Government risks derailing the recovery at a time when businesses are still in survival mode. Across the course of the pandemic, hospitality and tourism were the hardest hit sectors, with spend down £100bn, 12,000 businesses permanently closed and 660,000 jobs lost. However, the reduction in VAT helped protect hundreds of thousands of jobs and allowed many businesses to stay open and serving customers when permitted to trade. A survey of the trade associations’ members covering 815 businesses operating tens of thousands of venues found that: The reduced rate of VAT has been vital to businesses, with over three-quarters (77%) stating it is important or crucial to viability Businesses will use the current reduced VAT rate for an array of productive purposes, including 6 in 10 who will invest in their businesses; half who will use it to meet costs of complying with Covid-secure guidance; along with paying suppliers and creditors and keep prices more affordable Similarly, if the reduced rate were to continue to apply beyond April 2022, 70% would use the saved costs to maintain business investment Returning VAT back to 20% in April 2022 would have serious consequences; 6 in 10 businesses said it would likely lead to cutbacks and job losses; with one in ten saying it could cause their business to close If VAT on tourism and hospitality were to remain at 12.5%, analysis suggests it would increase business turnover by an average of 8.8% and boost business investment by an average of 12%. In a joint statement, the trade bodies said: “Businesses are at a perilous stage of their recovery after what’s been a devastating 18 months. Costs are increasing and there are numerous operational challenges for them to deal with, specifically around labour and product supply. A reduction in VAT has helped many of our businesses survive to this point and was most welcome. However, the return of VAT to its pre-pandemic level next year would curtail investment, restrict growth, set back our tourism recovery and risk yet more painful job losses. “We’re now calling on the Chancellor to commit to introducing a permanent 12.5% rate of VAT in his upcoming Budget, later this month. This will help protect jobs and continue the support for our hospitality and tourism businesses which contribute hugely to the nation’s economic and social wellbeing.”

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  • Build Back Better and Level Up by supporting pubs and brewers, says BBPA

    01 October 2021

    The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has submitted its representations for the Budget, which is taking place on October 27th. In its submission, the BBPA has highlighted the vital role pubs and brewing play in supporting over 900,000 jobs in communities across the UK and contributing £26 billion to the UK economy across towns, villages and cities. It says that if the Government is serious about Building Back Better and Levelling up, it must invest in pubs and brewers who have a leading role to play in the recovery as they come through the pandemic and continue their world-leading status. In particular, in its submission, the BBPA has highlighted how pubs and brewers play a positive role in communities, are a force for good for mental health and sociability, and employ a high proportion of young adults. However, it says that this requires co-investment from Government in the form of a fairer tax burden and more level playing field with other European nations post-Brexit. It therefore urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak in its budget submission to listen to the 92,000 people who have signed the Long Live The Local campaign petition so far and: Cut beer duty Extend business rates relief for pubs beyond 1st April 2022 Permanently lower VAT for all food and drink sold in pubs It says such investment from the Government will enable the beer and pub sector to drive a jobs-rich recovery, whilst ensuring a pint in a pub remains an affordable pleasure. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:  “Investing in our brewers and pubs is investing in our communities and society to build back better. “The Government must do this by reforming VAT, Beer Duty and Business Rates which currently place an unfair burden on pubs and other hospitality businesses. “In return we will create jobs, boost the local economy and help our communities reconnect and unite again. “We urge those who want to see hospitality and pubs recover to support the Long Live The Local campaign and sign the petition at https://www.longlivethelocal.pub./. Investment in our sector can help the country build back better with stronger communities, more jobs and a boost to villages, towns and cities across the country.”

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  • The Plight of Cask: Cask beer sales down by 76 million pints since pubs reopened

    24 September 2021

    BBPA highlights accelerated plight of cask ale since COVID and urges rallying call to support uniquely British beer for Cask Ale Week  The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed that sales of cask beer in pubs are down 40% since pubs reopened in April 2021 – a total of 76 million pints. From April 2021 to July 2021, the latest sales data the BBPA has, 113 million pints of cask beer were sold in pubs. During the same period in 2019 and before the pandemic, 189 million pints were sold. It means a loss in revenue to pubs and brewers from cask beer of £243 million in the last four months alone due to the plight of cask, accelerated by the pandemic. Before the pandemic, sales of cask ale had already been declining. From 2014 – 2019, sales fell by 17%. From 2009 to 2014, sales of cask decreased by just 0.8%. However, the decrease in sales of cask beer by 40% since April 2021 is by far the biggest decline for the category on record and indicates an accelerated decline in its plight through COVID and beyond. Cask ale is without doubt key to British brewing. It is a form of brewing unique to the UK and has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. It is an unfiltered, unpasteurised ‘live’ product containing yeast that is served from a cask container where it’s gently matured by secondary fermentation. When conditioned and managed correctly, the yeast in the cask settles to the bottom, leaving a clear, often bright, full-flavoured and naturally carbonated beer to be served from a handpump. Because it is a live product, conditioned in a cask, cask ale – also known as ‘real ale’ – can only be purchased and consumed at a pub. This means cask ale plays a vital role in the wellbeing and viability of pubs, supporting the communities they serve. However Given the inextricable link between cask ale and pubs, the plight of cask ale is a real concern for the nations locals and beer drinkers. It has been driven by pubs looking to stock less cask ale because of uncertainty around trading and restrictions. Likewise, it has been driven by restrictions impacting the spontaneity of being able to visit a pub for a quick pint – the core cask ale drinker occasion. The BBPA is therefore highlighting the plight of cask ale and urging people to support it by getting behind Cask Ale Week. Cask Ale Week runs from 23rd September to 3rd October 2021. It is all about raising the profile of cask beer in the UK and getting beer drinkers to visit their local to try a pint of cask ale in order to grow the category once more. It is run by Cask Marque, the accreditation scheme for pubs who serve the highest quality cask beer.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association said: “The plight of cask beer is a huge concern for our sector. Pubs are the home of cask beer so if sales of it are declining then it means the viability of our pubs are reducing too. “We all missed a proper pint of cask ale in the pub during lockdowns. We cannot take cask beer for granted anymore.  With the sector reopen once more, it is vital we promote our pubs and the range they have on cask which they so expertly keep and serve. Doing so will help our brewers and pubs in their recovery and ensure this uniquely British style of beer can recover to the glory it deserves. “The BBPA is fully behind Cask Ale Week and we urge every local, brewery and pub goer to support it!”    Kevin Georgel, Chief Executive of St Austell Brewery, which brews cask ale brands including Tribute and Proper Job, said: “Not only did the pandemic force our Great British pubs to shut, but it stopped us from being able to serve and enjoy cask beer. The impact of this has seen an accelerated decline of this quintessential British beer. “The uncertainty of covid, lockdowns and restrictions has meant less pubs serving cask because it is a live product and has shorter shelf life. Likewise, it has meant the spontaneity of going to the pub for a pint – the core cask ale drinker occasion – has diminished. “There has never been a better time for pub goers to support their local, by choosing to drink fresh cask beer, that’s been expertly brewed, stored and poured.”

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  • ‘Super Saturday’: Pubs hope to serve 18 million pints on National Hospitality Day

    17 September 2021

    BBPA issues rallying call for pub goers to support their local this Saturday and help struggling hospitality businesses The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed it hopes pubs will serve 18 million pints this Saturday on National Hospitality Day. National Hospitality Day has been organised by sector charities to support hospitality businesses who were brought to their knees by the pandemic and help them get back on their feet. It is asking the nation to ‘go out and help out’ the sector on Saturday 18th September by visiting restaurants, cafes and pubs who are still struggling to recover their businesses. Latest data from the BBPA tracking the recovery of the beer and pub sector reveals that beer sales in pubs are 10% down on 2019, before the pandemic took place. Because of this, it says pubs are selling around 2 million pints less and losing as much as £9 million in much needed revenue on Saturdays alone. This it says, is lost potential revenue that is crucial to the sustainability and recovery of the sector following 16 months of forced closure and trade limiting restrictions. The trade association is therefore urging pub goers to go out to their local on National Hospitality Day this Saturday and show their support for their community pub. If enough people go out and support the sector on Saturday, the BBPA hopes trade for the day will match – or maybe even exceed –a typical Saturday’s trade before the pandemic, whilst also raising awareness of the support the sector still needs in its recovery. Ahead of National Hospitality Day, the BBPA has been making clear the support the beer and pub sector needs to recover and play a leading role in the Government’s plans to build back better post-pandemic. It is backing the Long Live The Local campaign, which is calling for Government investment in pubs as part of the recovery to build back better, by reforming Business Rates, VAT and a cut in Beer Duty. So far, over 60,000 people have signed the petition calling on the Government to support pubs and breweries and 50,000 have written to their MP directly to ask them to support pubs in their constituencies. Ahead of the Budget now announced for October 27th, it is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to do the right thing and implement these measures to support the sectors recovery.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Calling all pub goers across the UK, go out and help out your local this Saturday for National Hospitality Day! “This Saturday is all about showing support to our beloved pubs and hospitality businesses and helping them get back on their feet. “If people go out and support their local this Saturday, we hope 18 million pints – maybe even more – will be sold. A big boost to our sector. “If you have a local you love and cherish, I urge you to give them a visit this weekend – and beyond – to show your support. “I hope the Chancellor will be watching this Saturday and see the love we have as a nation for our pubs. They have a vital role to play in building back better and driving growth in communities across the UK. But if they are to do this he must invest in them at the Budget by reducing the unfair tax burden they face.”

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