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  • BBPA: Government immigration plans will provide huge challenge for pubs

    19 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association has responded to the Government’s announcement of a new points-based immigration system today. The new system will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points. There will be no specific route for lower-skilled workers although the Youth Mobility Scheme will be continued. Skilled workers will need to meet a number of relevant criteria, including specific skills and the ability to speak English, to be able to work in the UK. All applicants will be required to have a job offer and, in line with the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations, meet a minimum salary threshold. Commenting on the new points-based immigration system, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The new points-based immigration system will present significant challenges for our sector. Many pubs rely on workers from overseas, so it is hard to see how they will cope with such fundamental changes coming into effect in just ten months. Pubs will especially struggle with the costs and complexities of becoming a sponsoring employer in order to take on staff from outside the UK. “The new points-based system should recognise the staff shortages our sector faces, therefore enabling talent coming to the UK to work in pubs by making up points elsewhere. We will continue to press our case with the Government to ensure they understand this need, so that the pub and hospitality sectors continue to thrive. We believe it is crucial that, for example, the Youth Mobility Scheme is now expanded to help facilitate this.”

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  • BBPA helps deliver letter from MPs imploring Chancellor to CUT beer duty

    18 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has helped deliver a letter to HM Treasury, signed by 85 Conservative MPs, urging the Chancellor to cut Beer Duty in the upcoming Budget. The letter was delivered to the Treasury by Chairman of the All-Parliamentary Beer Group, Mike Wood, and Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, with assistance from the BBPA and the Long Live the Local campaign. Mike Wood stated, “Beer Duty remains much too high. It is much higher than any other major beer-producing country in Europe. In fact, someone who bought a pint in each of the five other major beer-producing countries—Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Poland—would still have paid less duty on those five pints than they would on a single pint in Britain.” Sheryll Murray added, “I am delighted that so many of my Conservative colleagues are backing the Great British pub and calling on the Chancellor to cut Beer Duty at the Budget. The pub is a vital part of all of our communities and the best way to show our support for them is by reducing the tax burden on them.” Welcoming their support, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Over 250,000 pub goers have signed the Long Live the Local petition to cut beer duty and a further 130,000 have written to their MPs. It is great to see so many MPs understand how much their constituents want a cut in Beer Duty at the next Budget. The Chancellor now has a fantastic opportunity to take action.”

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  • BBPA welcomes extended pub hours for VE Day 75

    13 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the announcement that pubs in England and Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day 75). The announcement comes after the BBPA led a campaign, including meetings with Home Office officials and letters to the Home Secretary, calling on the Government to extend pub hours for the national celebration. Extended pub hours for previous national occasions the BBPA has campaigned for include the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the most recent football World Cup, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Andrew Tighe, Policy Director for the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “VE Day 75 will be a wonderful opportunity for the nation to come together at the heart of the local community, the great British pub. “It is great to see the Government listen to our calls to relax licensing hours for pubs on this special occasion. It will be warmly welcomed by all of those celebrating VE Day 75 to remember the people who gave so much during the war.”

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  • BBPA promotes beer and pub careers for Hospitality Works campaign

    12 February 2020

    Hospitality Works, the campaign to promote careers in hospitality in partnership with the BBPA, has returned for 2020. The campaign, launched today, will last until March 2nd. It will highlight the value of a career in hospitality, including those in beer and pubs, to job seekers across the UK. Throughout the campaign, job seekers will have the chance to meet with their local Job Centre Plus and potential employers to discuss relevant opportunities. Since its inception in 2015, Hospitality Works has created in excess of 8,000 work placements. Within the beer and pub sector, roles available this year as part of the campaign range from front-of-house and bar work, to skilled roles in the kitchen including chef work. To promote the campaign and the great career paths available within hospitality, BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin met with Fred Sirieix, the French maître d' best known for Channel 4's First Dates, at a Job Centre Plus in Peckham, London. The visit saw Emma, Fred and other industry representatives speak to job seekers about the range of career opportunities available to them at present in hospitality. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Hospitality, including beer and pubs, is a sector with fantastic career opportunities for anyone. The career progression can be rapid too. In a pub it is common to see people who started out serving at the bar but now run the whole venue. “Our sector is facing a skills shortage, especially when it comes to pub chefs and kitchen staff. It’s why we are delighted to support the Hospitality Works campaign again, promoting the exciting and rewarding careers our members have to offer.”  

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  • MPs call on the Chancellor to cut beer duty

    06 February 2020

    Yesterday, MPs from across the political divide called on the Chancellor to back the 250,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign and cut beer duty at the upcoming Budget. MPs supported the campaign in a Westminster Hall debate on taxation on beer and pubs, secured by Mike Wood MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. Over 50 MPs from all parties and nations of the United Kingdom attended the debate. They spoke in support of fairer tax treatment for the sector in order to boost British brewing and pubs. In response, Treasury Minister Simon Clarke MP recognised the challenges facing the sector and undertook to ensure that the views were heard inside the Department. Later in the evening around 40 parliamentarians joined the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group for a reception to celebrate beers of the UK. Whilst the debate was taking place the British Beer and Pub Association called on the Chancellor to support the beer and pub sector with its Budget submission. The submission highlights the important economic contribution of the beer and pub sector with 900,000 people relying on the industry for work. Nationally, the sector adds nearly £23 billion to the economy, paying £13 billion in taxes. The submission also highlighted the unfairness of the current excise duty regime, UK beer drinkers pay 54p in beer duty on every pint (5% abv) – eleven times higher than beer duty in Germany and Spain, and that beer drinkers have put £250m more into the Treasury coffers following two  beer duty freezes. Ahead of the upcoming Budget the BBPA is calling for a cut in beer duty and wholesale reform of business rates. In the debate Mike Wood, Conservative MP for Dudley South said: “Beer duty remains much too high. It is much higher than in any other major beer-producing country in Europe. In fact, someone who bought a pint in each of the five other major beer-producing countries—Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Poland—would still have paid less duty on those five pints than they would on a single pint in Britain.” Marie Rimmer, Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston said: “I also call on the Government to implement a modest cut in beer duty so that we can help our local pubs.” Sarah Atherton MP, Conservative MP for Wrexham said: “A few years ago, I owned and ran a microbrewery, so I know some of the difficulties facing breweries, including the fledgling Magic Dragon brewery in Wrexham. I urge the Minister to support the cut in beer duty.” Commenting on the debate, Andy Tighe, Policy Director at the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “It was great to hear so much cross-party support for beer and pubs from MPs in Parliament yesterday. The Long Live the Local campaign has achieved widespread recognition that the sector remains overtaxed, and that further tax rises in the Budget are unsustainable. We now need the Government to turn this goodwill into further action, with a cut in beer duty and to announce a review of business rates in the Budget on the 11th March.” David Cunningham, Programme Director of the Long Live the Local campaign, said: “I was pleased that so many MPs acknowledge the large amount of correspondence they had received from their constituents supporting the campaign. So far, more than 128,000 people have written to their MP, 250,000 people have signed a petition and 25,000 publicans are backing the campaign in their pubs – evidence of just how much they care about our local pubs and breweries. We hope The Chancellor listens to them and responds with a cut in beer duty.”  

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  • National Apprenticeship Week: BBPA reaffirms industry commitment to increase number of apprenticeships by more than 50%

    03 February 2020

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is today celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 3rd – 7th), marking the impact apprenticeships have on individuals, employers and the economy. As part of the celebrations, the BBPA has reaffirmed its commitment to increase the number of apprenticeship starts in the hospitality sector by more than 50%. This will be done as part of the Sector Deal for Tourism that is being implemented alongside other industry partners. From 2017 to 2018, there were 18,560 new apprentices who started in the hospitality sector. As part of the Sector Deal for Tourism, the BBPA and other partners have committed to achieving 30,000 hospitality apprenticeship starts annually by 2025. Apprenticeships add enormous value to both brewing and pubs and after support from the BBPA, the UK’s first brewer apprenticeship was launched last year, providing a new and exciting educational route for the brewers of the future. In celebration of this, BBPA Chief Executive Emma McClarkin visited Brewhouse & Kitchen Angel, to meet head brewer Felix Francisco Granell who has come through the brewing apprenticeship programme. Brewer apprentices like Felix learn not only how to brew beer, but how to understand regulatory requirements, design and develop new brands, as well as operate equipment. The apprenticeship scheme is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and delivered at Level 4. The BBPA and its members will also be attending the Hospitality Apprenticeship Showcase in parliament on February 4th. The event, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week, sees MPs participating in a range of fun activities designed to showcase the range of skills required to work in the beer, pub and hospitality sectors.  Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “National Apprenticeship Week allows pubs, brewers and the wider hospitality sector to demonstrate the great careers we have to offer. “We’re especially proud of our commitment to increase the number of apprenticeships by more than 50% in hospitality as part of the Sector Deal for Tourism. We need to attract more people to work in our sector, and apprenticeships are a fantastic way of doing this, as shown by the success of the brewer apprenticeship which the BBPA helped to create and implement.”

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