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  • BBPA welcomes proposed review of £30,000 minimum salary threshold for migrant workers

    25 June 2019

    The BBPA has today welcomed reports that Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary, has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to review the £30,000 minimum salary threshold for skilled migrant workers. The BBPA argues that dropping the threshold would be a boost to Britain’s pubs as they will be able to recruit skilled overseas workers, such as chefs, under the £30,000 minimum salary threshold. Pubs are already facing a skills shortage and a survey of our members across the UK showed the importance of overseas workers to pubs; 17% of their workforce are from overseas, but this rises to 40% in metropolitan areas and in some specialist areas such as kitchen staff, up to 80%. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “As we move into a post-Brexit migration system, it is vital that the system works for Britain’s pubs. I am pleased Sajid Javid has listened to our calls for this £30,000 threshold to be reviewed, when we have such high shortages of pub chefs. The sector stands ready and waiting to play our part in attracting more UK nationals to work in our industry and we hope that a Tourism Sector Industrial Strategy will help us face that challenge.”

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  • BBPA responds to mandatory introduction of full ingredient labelling

    25 June 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the Government’s announcement of the mandatory introduction of full ingredient labelling for foods sold pre-packed for direct sale. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “As a sector, brewers and pubs are fully supportive of efforts to keep consumers safe. For those consumers who have intolerances or sensitivities that go beyond the 14 allergens listed in Food Information for Consumers, full ingredient listings will help. It is also important, however, to continue to encourage dialogue between businesses and consumers, so customers still ask about ingredients and allergens when buying products. “Although the mandatory introduction of full ingredient labelling is unlikely to impact brewers or pubs as much as other sectors, it is important the Government recognises that smaller producers may struggle to meet new labelling requirements. Implementation by the summer of 2021, however, is welcome – particularly for small businesses to allow them time to develop the processes necessary to declare full ingredient information.”

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  • Job Vacancy - Statistician

    07 June 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing the interests of the brewing and pub sectors, is seeking a Statistician to work in the Policy team. Based in our head office in the City of London you will be responsible for statistical analysis to underpin policy development and regular and ad-hoc survey work monitoring key trends in the market.   You will also provide statistics in response to queries from the media and other external stakeholders.  Key duties will include: Administration and management of regular member surveys Data entry and analysis of large amounts of data and information Management of statistical databases and electronic filing systems Assisting with the development of BBPA publications, guidance and consultation responses. Building relations and key contacts within member companies and dealing with other external queries Preparing meeting papers, briefing notes and minute taking Maintaining and updating relevant pages on BBPA’s website Working in a very busy department, you will need to be a team player, highly numerate, efficient, with initiative and a positive “can do” attitude. The post would ideally suit a graduate with at least two years commercial experience with a degree containing a strong statistical element.  Excellent IT skills and an attention to detail are vital as are good interpersonal and written skills. An interest in the brewing and pub sector is also important. The salary will be dependent on skills and experience but is likely to be in the region of £30-38k plus benefits including pension, health insurance and subsidised gym membership. The closing date for applications is 28th June 2019. To apply, please send email your CV with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position to Pamela Bates. Email pbates@beerandpub.com

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  • Women’s World Cup to boost beer sales by 3 million pints, if the Lionesses reach the final and pubs show the game

    06 June 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that the Women’s World Cup could boost beer sales by 3 million pints, should the Lionesses reach the final of the tournament and pubs show the game. The trade association is backing a campaign called ‘Change the Channel’, which is spurring venues across the UK to back women in sport and show the Women’s World Cup. With 8.7 million people in the UK keen to watch women’s sport[1], the tournament could be a big boost to Britain’s pubs. Particularly as all games will be broadcast on the BBC, meaning pubs that don’t have a subscription to Sky Sports or BT Sports can still show the tournament. With more interest in the Women’s World Cup than ever before, and the Lionesses carrying the best odds they’ve ever had to win the tournament, the BBPA believes that pubs could greatly benefit if England go on a run and make it to the final. If the England team did make it to the final, the 3 million extra pints sold would provide as much as a £9 million boost to the economy, with the Great British pub being one of the main benefactors of a surge in demand for beer as fans cheer on the Lionesses at their local. A Women’s World Cup run would also be great news for the taxman. Beer duty, the extra tax put on beer in addition to VAT, would mean that HMRC would get a windfall as high as £1.4 million from beer drinkers and pub-goers watching the Lionesses throughout the tournament if they made it to the final. With the friendly timings of England’s group stage fixtures meaning that the Lionesses will play Argentina and Japan in the evenings after work and Scotland at the weekend, as well as fewer fans travelling to the tournament itself to catch the games, the Great British pub can be the place to watch England Women’s World Cup matches this summer, so long as a pubs change the channel and show the matches. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “When it comes to watching England at the World Cup, only being at the game itself can compare with being in the pub. “By switching the station to the Women’s World Cup, pubs will be doing their bit to promote women’s sport. With 8.7 million people in the UK keen to watch women’s sport, it will also be a great chance for pubs to get customers through the door. This is why we support the Change the Channel campaign.” [1] Women in Sport/Nielsen report

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  • 'Super Saturday’ - Two million extra pints to be sold on blockbuster day of sport

    31 May 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that sports fans will drink two million extra pints at the pub on Saturday 1st June. The ‘Super Saturday’ of sport will see fans head to their local to watch the all-English Champions League final, the Premiership Rugby final, the Epsom Derby and two matches from the Cricket World Cup. This will be followed by the Anthony Joshua fight in the early hours of Sunday morning. The extra number of pints bought during ‘Super Saturday’ could provide as much as a £6 million boost to the economy. The Great British pub will be one of the main benefactors of the surge in demand for beer as fans inevitably cheer on their teams at the local. The taxman will be cheering loudly too on ‘Super Saturday’. Beer duty, the extra tax put on beer in addition to VAT, could mean that HMRC get an additional windfall as high as £1.1million from beer drinkers and pub-goers. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds commented: “Major sporting events provide a great opportunity for pubs to get people through the door and can contribute as much as £5 million extra revenue to the pub trade. Publicans actively promoting the sports they are showing can help increase these benefits too. “On June 1st, pubs will be able to take advantage of the Premiership Rugby final, Derby Day at Epsom, the Cricket World Cup, Antony Joshua’s boxing match and of course, an all-English Champions League Final. When it comes to watching live sport, only being at a fixture itself can compare with being in the pub. We fully expect Brits to pack out their local on June 1st for a great day of sport.”

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  • BBPA welcomes 2019 Great British High Street Awards and calls for more action to help High Street pubs

    23 May 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the return of the Great British High Street Awards for 2019, which shine 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 Government’s High Streets forum since 2014 and Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, has been a judge for four of the Great British High Street Awards. Awards will be given for both ‘Rising Stars’ and the ‘Champion High Street’. The final shortlist for the awards will be announced in August.  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 Street Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate this. It is great that Visa are supporting the competition again this year and we urge high streets up and down the country to enter. “The £675 million the Government has allocated to high streets, along with their rates reduction for high street businesses with a rateable value under £51,000, are most welcome. Without doubt there is still more that can be done on both business rates and regulations. “As a judge of the Great British High Street Awards, I know that leadership and expert advice is vital to success on the high street. Local authorities have a huge part to play too and we would urge their support for existing businesses like pubs, which add vitality and character to individual high streets across the UK. “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.”

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