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  • BBPA welcomes plans for Greater Manchester’s night-time economy

    01 August 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today welcomed a new blueprint for Greater Manchester’s night-time economy, published by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The blueprint includes plans and proposals to regenerate Greater Manchester’s hospitality sector. It also sets goals to be achieved by April 2020. These include gaining a greater understanding of night-time travel in the city and how it can be improved, along with testing the viability of allowing hospitality businesses to stay open later whilst ensuring the safety of employees at night.  The blueprint report also offers support for the Agent of Change principle, which protects venues like pubs who open later from noise complaints made by residents in new-build developments nearby. According to the report, Greater Manchester’s culture and leisure sector accounts for 44% of employment in the night-time economy, the equivalent to 181,000 jobs. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:  “It is fantastic to see Greater Manchester leading the way in creating a best-in-class night-time economy and making such an effort to look at best practice from around the world. “Far too often, local and regional authorities have sought to close down night-time businesses like pubs, failing to recognise the important role they play in boosting tourism and creating that sense of place, so important to local communities. With its ambitious strategy, Greater Manchester has set a high bar. We sincerely hope other local and regional authorities follow in its footsteps.”  Richard Kershaw, Chairman of the North West Association of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “From music to football, we are known in the North West for our friendly culture and hospitality. Greater Manchester Authority’s plans to unlock the potential of the night-time economy is exciting news for hospitality businesses across the region.”

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  • BBPA and Alzheimer’s Society to promote Dementia Friends initiative to pubs

    26 July 2019

    The BBPA and Alzheimer’s Society have today launched a dementia-friendly hospitality initiative, which seeks to promote Dementia Friends to pubs. The Alzheimer’s Society initiative is the biggest ever social action movement to change the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. The BBPA will be promoting the charity’s Dementia Friends initiative to pubs across the country, teaching hospitality staff more about what it’s like to live with dementia. So far pub companies including Ei Group, Marston’s, Wadworth, St Austell Brewery and Daniel Bathams have all registered their support for the initiative, equating to more than 6,000 pubs across the UK. BBPA will be working closely with these pub companies to promote Dementia Friends across their estate and raise awareness of the UK’s biggest killer. An estimated 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia but many aren’t included in their communities and face isolation. People with dementia have a right to live the lives they choose – by raising awareness amongst pub staff; they can work to support those living with dementia in their community and ensure that pubs continue to provide a great service to all customers. Since the initiative was launched in 2013, around 2.9 million people have become Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends and there are now over 400 Dementia Friendly Communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland tackling the stigma around dementia and improving the lives of those affected. This initiative supports the work of the Tourism Sector Deal, which seeks to make the UK the most accessible tourism destination in Europe by 2025, increasing the number of international disabled visitors by one-third. The initiative has already been implemented by Wadworth, a BBPA member and pub operator in Wiltshire. As part of Wadworth’s work, 43 people working in and running Wadworth pubs have so far attended the sessions with more to come. The sessions are being organised by Wadworth to ensure that people with dementia and their carers can enjoy their visits to a Wadworth pub and know their needs are better understood.  Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “The BBPA looks forward to working closely with Alzheimer’s Society to promote this great initiative which raises awareness of the importance of pub staff understanding what it is like living with dementia. Pubs are at the heart of every community and it is important that they are accessible to everyone living with disabilities. We were pleased to hear the Government’s announcement of a Sector Deal for Tourism which promotes the importance of accessible tourism. We hope that this work with Alzheimer’s Society contributes to this. I and the BBPA team, are all now Dementia Friends.” Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society added: “Dementia isn’t going away – two million people in the UK will be living with it by 2051. But too many people experience loneliness and isolation and don’t have adequate support. By working with the BBPA and delivering Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends sessions, the pub sector will be joining the biggest social action movement in dementia.  Equipping people working in the thick of our local communities with information, as well as the confidence to support customers affected by dementia, will do much to ensure that people with dementia feel understood and better included in society.”

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  • BBPA calls on new PM Boris to back beer and pubs

    24 July 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has called on Boris Johnson, who will become Prime Minister today, to back beer and pubs with a cut in beer tax and help on unfair business rates bills. The beer and pub sector supports 900,000 jobs, generates £22.9 billion in GDP and contributes £13 billion in taxes. With 82 per cent of the beer sold in Britain brewed in Britain, beer has a much bigger positive impact on the UK economy, UK jobs and pubs than any other drink. Beer and pubs also play an important social and cultural role. 9 in 10 brits describe themselves as pub goers, with many viewing their local as the beating heart of their community. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs are the original social network and at the heart of their communities, playing a key role in uniting us all. Along with brewing, they are also an important pillar of the UK economy. This is why Boris Johnson should back the sector by cutting beer duty and helping pubs with their business rates bills.”

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  • BBPA Job Opportunity - Technical Operations & Membership Administrator

    23 July 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing the interests of the brewing and pub sectors, is seeking an administrator to work in Technical Operations and Membership, part of the wider BBPA Policy team. Based in our head office in the City of London you will provide administrative services and support to the Technical Operations and Membership team. Duties will include: Supporting the members of Technical Operations and Membership Maintaining membership contact lists and databases Administration of BBPA membership documents and relevant technical guidance and resources Supporting the team to develop new publications, membership resources andguidance Maintaining and updating relevant brewing and membership pages on BBPA’s website Management of team filing systems and databases Registration of brewery colour bands Circulation of relevant information and resources to BBPA members Act as a point of contact to forward membership and external enquiries to relevant BBPA team colleagues. Working in a busy department, you will need to be a team player, efficient, with initiative and a positive “can do” attitude. The post would suit a graduate or someone with administrative experience. An interest in the beer and pub industry is essential, along with good interpersonal and written skills. Excellent IT skills and an attention to detail are a must, as is lots of enthusiasm and a sense of humour. In the first instance this role is offered on a two-year contract. The salary will be dependent on skills and experience but is likely to be in the range of £22,000 to £25,000 plus benefits including pension, health insurance and gym membership. The closing date for applications is Friday 16thAugust 2019.  To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the position to Pamela Bates

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  • BBPA welcomes Government commitment to reconsider alcohol-free descriptors

    23 July 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today welcomed a new commitment from the UK Government to reconsider alcohol free descriptors. The Government’s commitment was stated in a new green paper, titled “Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s”, which also committed the Government to working with the alcohol industry to increase significantly the availability of alcohol-free and low-alcohol products by 2025. Current regulations mean that ‘alcohol free’ beer in the UK is defined as being up to 0.05% ABV. However, in the rest of Europe, beers up to 0.5% ABV are defined as alcohol free. This creates the perverse situation where beers brewed in Europe at 0.5% ABV can sold in the UK as “alcohol free”, but British beers made at the same strength must use different descriptors. The Government’s commitment follows the rapid growth of low and no alcohol beers over the last few years, driven by consumer demand and innovative brewers. From 2013 to 2017, the low and no alcohol beer market grew by 150% in the UK.[1] Approximately 43 million pints of low or no alcohol beer are now sold annually in the UK.[2] Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The skill and craft needed to brew low and no alcohol beers is no different to normal strength beers, meaning they taste great and quality is not compromised. With a bigger range of low and no alcohol beers than ever before, it is a great time to give them a try. “Changing the current definition of ‘alcohol free’ beer from 0.05% ABV to 0.5% ABV – as we have called for previously – will enable Britain’s brewers to create a wider choice of great tasting beers, reduce confusion for consumers and level the playing field with other European markets.” [1] BBPA data [2] BBPA data

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  • BBPA responds to Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator Statutory Review

    22 July 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today submitted its response to the consultation on the Statutory Review of the Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator. In its response to the consultation, the BBPA has said it believes most aspects of the Pubs Code are working in an acceptable way, considering the complexity of the legislation and how long it has been in place. Feedback to the BBPA from the six pub companies covered by the Code indicates that the average length of occupation and the number of enquiries regarding new tenancies have increased since the Code came into place. Furthermore, new tenancy options have been introduced to the market, giving prospective tenants a wider range of choice on how they run their pub to suit their financial position and operating experience. Most importantly of all, since the Code has come into place, the majority of tenants/lessees say they are satisfied with their pub company overall and are more likely than not to recommend them to another licensee[1]. The BBPA has, however, raised concerns in its response that some aspects of the Code need to be improved to provide clarity and certainty for all parties involved. It believes the Adjudicator should accredit the individual “Market Rent Only” agreements for the six pub companies to provide tenants and lessees with more information and greater clarity. For the same reason, the BBPA believes the Adjudicator should publish ‘golden threads’ of common interpretation in certain areas of the Code, so that all parties have a clear and consistent understanding of the legislation. The BBPA has also said that the success or failure of the Code and the Adjudicator should not be solely based on the number of MRO agreements. The MRO option is only one element of the Code, which was not introduced with the singular aim of increasing the number of free of tie agreements, but to oversee a much broader, fair and balanced relationship between pub companies and tenants. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The evidence suggests that the Pubs Code and the Adjudicator are doing the job they were meant to do; regulating the relationship of pub operator and publican. It is still early days for a Code which had no transition period and where guidance and decision making has been slow. On that basis, this review should acknowledge that the Code is a work in progress. “The Government and Adjudicator should work more closely with industry and tenants to ensure that leased and tenanted pubs remain a great way to run a business for many generations to come.” [1] Kam Media Licensee Index (Autumn 2018):

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