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  • BBPA responds to UKinbound immigration report

    11 October 2019

    The BBPA has today responded to research published by UKinbound, which shows the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will have a detrimental impact on pubs. The research stated 70% of pubs are likely to experience a significant skill shortage if a £30,000 salary threshold is introduced for EU workers. Pubs are already facing a skills shortage and a survey of BBPA members across the UK showed that brewing and pubs employ 17% of their workforce from overseas, but this rises to 40% in metropolitan areas and in some areas such as kitchen staff, up to 80%. The BBPA has previously called for a review of the £30,000 threshold for migrant workers. This review needs to recognise that the current average chef salary is lower than £30,000. Furthermore, the BBPA have also previously called on the Migration Advisory Committee to extend the Shortage Occupation List to include chef-de-partie and kitchen porter roles. The BBPA have also previously asked the Government to set lower salary threshold, less than £30,000 for Tier 2 migrant workers, which the BBPA argues will help the pub sector recruit the chefs. The BBPA has also welcomed the proposal from UKinbound of quarterly independent reviews to ensure tourism sectors are not adversely affected to changes in immigration policy. Andy Tighe, Policy Director at the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “This research clearly shows why UK pubs are right to be concerned about the impact of a £30,000 salary threshold for EU workers. The pub sector is working hard to attract more UK nationals to work in our industry, which the Tourism Sector Deal helps to achieve. However, it is vital that a post-Brexit migration system works for Britain’s pubs.”

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  • Greene King rejoins the British Beer & Pub Association

    11 October 2019

    Greene King has rejoined the British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing Britain’s brewers and pubs. One of the UK’s biggest pub retailers, Greene King has over 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK. It has rejoined the BBPA as a member after 10 years. As part of its membership to the BBPA, Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie will sit on the board of the trade association. The British Beer & Pub Association’s members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs. They include international companies, family brewers, managed locals and the nation’s largest tenanted pub estates. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We are delighted to have Greene King back on-board as a member of the British Beer & Pub Association and for Nick Mackenzie, their Chief Executive, to be joining our Board. As passionate supporters of the beer and pub trade, I know Greene King will play a key role in helping us campaign for the wellbeing of the sector.” Nick Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Greene King, said: “As a leading British pub company and brewer we are keen to play an active role championing the industry, promoting its unique role in communities across the country. We are looking forward to working with the BBPA and its members to support its important work on the many challenges facing the sector and ensure it has a bright future.”

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  • BBPA 2019 Award Winners Revealed

    10 October 2019

    Brakspear, Carlsberg UK, Craft Union Pub Company, Adnams and Brigid Simmonds scooped up the honours at this year’s British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Annual Awards, presented at the BBPA’s Annual Dinner in London; a celebration of Britain’s beer and pub industry. The awards, which have been run by the BBPA for the last eight years, celebrate and showcase the very best achievements and innovations of the beer and pub industry. The winners triumphed in five categories; Pub Champion (sponsored by Molson Coors), Heart of the Community (sponsored by Diageo), Beer Champion, the Chairman’s award and the Sustainability award (sponsored by C&C Group) – a new category for 2019. Each winner was presented with their award by BBPA Chairman and Chief Executive of Fuller, Smith & Turner, Simon Emeny. Pub Champion Award Winner: Brakspear Brakspear received the Pub Champion award for their comprehensive support programme for all their tenants and lessees, which includes advice and help from business development managers, marketing and promotional professionals and an interior design service. Brakspear’s entry also highlighted initiatives it had made to help its pubs strengthen their positions in their communities, from creating beers at its brewery that are only sold in individual pubs, to even making bespoke pairs of socks for loyal pub customers! Heart of the Community Award Winner: Craft Union Pub Company Craft Union Pub Company received the Heart of the Community award in recognition of the 628 individual charity events specific to local communities its pubs put on between August 2018 and July 2019. In total, these community-led events raised over £344,000 for hundreds of local charities. The Craft Union Pub Company entry also highlighted its “Love Your Local” campaign, which asked customers why they love their particular local. Winning entries were then awarded donations worth £500 for local charities of their choice, bringing a direct benefit to the local community. Beer Champion Award Winner: Carlsberg UK Carlsberg UK took the Beer Champion award for the rebrew and relaunch of their Carlsberg Danish Pilsner. The goal of the relaunch was to drive a reappraisal among consumers of Carlsberg through a low-budget, but bold and high-impact external marketing campaign. To achieve this successfully, however, Carlsberg UK knew it had to win the support of all 700 of its colleagues for the beer first through a powerful internal campaign. This internal campaign was managed in-house by the Carlsberg Danish Pilsner project team and the Corporate Affairs team, and successfully reinvigorated colleagues and drove engagement across the business. Sustainability Award Winner: Adnams Adnams received the Sustainability award in recognition of their commitment to putting sustainability and the environment at the heart of their business for several years. The Adnams award entry highlighted their complete sustainability story, which has seen Adnams reduce their carbon emissions by 48% since 2008 and improve their local biodiversity with over 500,000 rehomed honeybees. Adnams now send zero waste to landfill. Chairman’s Award Winner: Brigid Simmonds OBE Brigid Simmonds won the Chairman’s Award. Simmonds won the award in recognition of her ten years as Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, a role she is stepping down from on 11th October 2019. During her tenure, Brigid has led numerous successful campaigns, from reducing beer duty and transforming the reputation of our industry with Government, to encouraging social responsibility and working with members to enhance our reputation as a sector with consumers. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Many congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all those who entered as well. The BBPA Annual Awards serve to highlight the continued achievements of brewers and pubs and we are very proud of what they do. “I am delighted to have won the Chairman’s Award. I have loved working for the BBPA for the last ten years and will always support the brewing and pub sector. As I said on the night, the success of the BBPA over the last ten years has been down to the full engagement and support of the Board, members and great team I have led.”   Photos from the evening can be downloaded here.

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  • BBPA, Hospitality Ulster and Deloitte to jointly host FREE Brexit preparedness webinars for sector

    08 October 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association, Hospitality Ulster and professional services company Deloitte are to host four free live webinars to help businesses and stakeholders from the beer and pub sectors prepare for Brexit. The focus will be on the challenges for the brewing and pub sectors as we leave the EU, but each live webinar session is open to ALL drinks and hospitality organisations and will feature an hour of expert advice from a Deloitte consultant, followed by an open Q&A of 30 minutes. The webinars will also be recorded for those unable to make the live sessions. The first live webinar, which will cover Mobility & Access to Talent post-Brexit, will take place on 10/10/2019 at 3:30pm. The webinar will cover what impact Brexit will have on staffing and hiring talent from the EU, including new processes, paperwork, costs and liability for sponsoring visas. It will also cover restrictions of British citizens working (and driving) in the EU. To register for the webinar, visit: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2105326/35AEF9C9FFEBB5EE833C08692D7ACBAC The second live webinar, which will cover changes to business regulations, will take place on 15/10/2019 at 11am. The webinar will cover what potential changes there will be to data sharing and transfers as well as intellectual property protections and domain names in the EU after the UK leaves. To register for the webinar, visit: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2105339/1F3FE6159B2F1EE51D641E39155D6C2B The third live webinar, which will cover Tariff issues, will take place on 17/10/2019 at 11am. The webinar will cover the temporary tariff schedule and how it differs to WTO tariffs, what happens to other trade agreements, and new procedures at the border. It will also explain the EU markets where Small Brewers Relief will be lost in the event of a no-deal Brexit. To register for the webinar, visit: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2105346/55891AA373326AED7169F565BD297EFE The fourth and final webinar, which will cover Non-Tariff Barriers, will take place on 22/10/2019 at 11am. The webinar will cover changes to labelling requirements for both beer coming into the UK from the EU and beer being exported to the EU and rest of the world from the UK post-Brexit. It will also cover changes to Excise Movement Control Systems to expect post-Brexit and much more. To register for the webinar, visit: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2105365/391D41C1A4182D458B1DDEE3F85286B9 Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “With political and economic uncertainty continuing, it is vital that all in the brewing and pub sectors are prepared for the UK to leave the EU. Our Brexit preparedness webinars will have vital and free advice for anyone in the drinks and hospitality sectors getting ready for Brexit. Make sure you register for each webinar now and be sure to take advantage of the open Q&A time at the end of each for any of your questions.”

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  • Beer confirmed as Britain’s most popular alcoholic drink after 8.5 billion pints were sold in 2018

    04 October 2019

    Beer has been confirmed as Britain’s favorite alcoholic drink, according to new research and data published by the British Beer & Pub Association in its new 2019 Statistical Handbook - a ‘must read’ for anyone with an interest in the UK drinks sector. Using data provided by HMRC, the BBPA conducted analysis which found that in 2018, 8.5 billion pints (48,559,000 hectolitres) of beer were sold in the UK – more than any other alcoholic drink.[1] In comparison, 7.4 billion 175ml glasses of wine (the equivalent to 12,901,700 hectoliters) and 1.2 billion pints of cider (the equivalent to 6,804,000 hectolitres) were sold over the same period.[2] Data collated by the BBPA for its 2019 Statistical Handbook also found that 100 new breweries opened in the UK in 2018, taking the total number of UK breweries to 2,530 – an increase of 2,030 breweries since the year 2000.[3] The BBPA says that although beer is the best-selling and most popular alcoholic drink, it is overtaxed in the UK. At present, Brits pay a staggering 11 times more beer duty than drinkers in Germany or Spain – paying 54 pence in beer duty on a 5% ABV pint of beer.[4] This is despite beer being vital to the UK’s manufacturing sector, with 82% of the beer brewed in the UK being drunk in the UK.[5] Combined, pubs and brewing create almost 900,000 jobs in the UK. For pubs alone, 7 in every 10 alcoholic drinks sold are beer, making beer tax a particular burden.[6] The BBPA is therefore continuing to back the Long Live the Local campaign, led by Britain’s Beer Alliance. The campaign is calling on the Chancellor to cut beer tax at the next budget to support community locals who sell a higher proportion of beer, making them particularly sensitive to beer tax hikes. Alongside this, the BBPA is also campaigning to reduce high business rates that also disproportionately affect pubs. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “It is clear from these numbers that beer is the most popular alcoholic drink, but it is without doubt overtaxed. In fact, we pay 11 times more beer tax than Germany or Spain. Because the public finances assume an RPI increase every year, we also face another tax hike on top of that in the next Budget. “Should tax on a pint continue to rise then drinking in the pub will no longer be affordable for many British beer drinkers, meaning pubs will continue to close. This is why we are backing the Long Live the Local campaign, calling on the Chancellor to cut beer tax and support local pubs.” [1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/alcohol-bulletin [2] As above [3] BBPA data [4] As above [5] As above [6] As above

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  • BBPA and UKHospitality launch guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs

    03 October 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and UKHospitality (UKH) have joined forces to unveil guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs. The two trade bodies have united to work with their members and produce an updated Social Responsibility Charter for Gaming Machines in Pubs. The Charter incorporates a Code of Practice aimed at promoting collaboration and training to prevent under-age gambling: Core principles: Collaboration across the sector to address under-age gambling Supporting staff to ensure they understand and meet their legal responsibilities Co-operation with regulatory and enforcement bodies Engagement with the Gambling Commission Support the work of GambleAware The Code of Practice provides practical guidance on training to ensure that staff are best placed to tackle under-age gambling where it occurs within pubs.  It will be supported by a programme of age-verification testing, instigated by the industry itself, to ensure that pubs are taking practical steps to reduce under-age gambling. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association commented: “The BBPA and our members are committed to keeping the pub a safe and friendly environment for families, so we have taken concerns raised by the Gambling Commission seriously. I am therefore pleased that we have produced collectively an updated charter and code of practice that will help pub companies and independent pubs ensure that there is no under-age gambling in their premises. The code highlights the need for focused staff training and the use of Challenge 21/25 guidelines. “It is important for pubs to ensure that their gaming machines are not used by those under-age. Not least because failure to do so could result in action being taken by Local Authorities to remove gaming machine entitlements, when they offer both entertainment and much needed additional revenue for overtaxed pubs.” UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Pubs are, by and large, safe and supervised environments in which to relax. It is increasingly obvious, though, that pubs can and should be doing more to tackle to under-age gambling on their premises. “Gaming machines are a vital revenue stream in pubs and many customers enjoy gambling responsibly when they go to the pub. There can be no room for under-age gambling, though, and we need to ensure that standards on this issue are as high as they are in every other aspect of pubs. “I am very pleased that UKH and the BBPA have used their collective wisdom to produce a Charter that will help our members, and the whole pub sector, stamp out under-age play wherever it occurs.”

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