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  • England and Scotland fans to buy 3.4 MILLION pints during Euros clash  

    18 June 2021

    But ongoing restrictions will severely reduce boost of tournament to pubs in both nations, trade association warns The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that England and Scotland fans will buy 3.4 million pints on Friday 18th June when the Three Lions play the Tartan Army in group D of UEFA EURO 2020. However, the trade association warned that the boost to pubs in both nations from beer sales during the match will be severely hampered by ongoing restrictions, including social distancing, no standing and the rule of six. The trade association says these restrictions will greatly reduce the experience of watching UEFA EURO 2020 at the pub and will limit the number of customers pubs can have viewing the match. Because of this, it estimates that beer sales during the match will be almost 850,000 pints lower than if the game was being showed without restrictions. This, the trade association says, will result in a loss of revenue to pubs in England and Scotland of £3.2 million on Friday alone, which would have been vital to the sector’s recovery. Overall, the trade association estimates 14.8 million pints will be sold in England and Scotland on Friday. 3.4 million of these will be sold during the game itself across both nations. A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the British Beer & Pub Association and KAM Media found that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. Half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted, despite 91% of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.*   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Whether you’re supporting England or Scotland, nothing beats watching the game at the pub. “We expect fans of both nations to buy 3.4 million pints when watching the game itself. “Unfortunately, the current restrictions on pubs in both nations mean the experience isn’t going to be the same. No standing and limits on group sizes, as well as social distancing, are going to severely reduce the number of people who can enjoy the game in the pub. “Because of this, we expect pubs in England and Scotland to sell 850,000 pints less than they would have done without restrictions. “That will cost pubs in both countries £3.2 million. Given pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year in both England and Scotland, every little helps and is critical to their recovery and survival. “Given the delay in England to the lockdown and with rumours suggesting a similar delay could be coming in Scotland, it is a real great shame that fans will not even be able to enjoy the tournament without restrictions in the latter stages. All restrictions on pubs in England and Scotland must be removed as soon as possible for our sector to survive and recover.”   *Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.  

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  • Wales fans buy 250,000 pints during Euros match against Turkey

    17 June 2021

    But ongoing restrictions severely reduce boost to pubs, trade association warns The Welsh Beer & Pub Association (WBPA) has estimated that Wales fans bought 250,000 pints during the match between Wales and Turkey on Wednesday 16th June for UEFA EURO 2020. However, the trade association warned that the boost to pubs from the match was severely hampered by ongoing restrictions, including two metre social distancing, no standing and the rule of six. The trade association says these ongoing restrictions are negatively impacting the experience of watching UEFA EURO 2020 at the pub and are limiting the number of customers pubs can have viewing the match. Because of this, it has estimated that beer sales during the match against Turkey were 60,000 pints lower than if the game had been shown without restrictions. This, the trade association says, will have resulted in a loss of revenue to pubs in Wales from the match of £235,000 during the match alone, which would have been vital to the sector’s recovery. Overall, the trade association estimates 480,000 pints were sold on Wednesday 16th June, with 250,000 of those being sold during the game itself. A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and KAM Media found that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. Half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted, despite 91% of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.* As more and more individuals receive their vaccination, and to give the nation a return to normality and enjoy such national occasions as UEFA Euro 2020 properly, the WBPA is urging the Welsh Government to indicate when the sector can expect to have all restrictions on pubs removed. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Welsh Beer & Pub Association, said: “Nothing beats watching the football at the pub. We reckon Wales fans bought 250,000 extra pints when watching Wales play Turkey on Wednesday. “The current restrictions on pubs do mean the experience isn’t the same. No standing and limits on group sizes, as well as social distancing, are going to severely reduce the number of people who can enjoy the game in the pub. “Because of this, we expect Welsh pubs sold 60,000 fewer pints during the game than they would have done without restrictions. That cost Welsh pubs almost £235,000 during the game alone. Given our pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year, every little helps and is critical to our recovery and survival. “More and more people are getting the vaccine each day. It’s time for the restrictions on our freedoms to be replaced by the protection of the vaccination and for businesses and life to get back to normal. We need a clear signal from the Welsh Government as to when restrictions will begin to be lifted, it is vital for confidence in our sector. The Countdown to Freedom is on.”   * Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.      

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  • Hospitality and pub industry leaders write to Prime Minister demanding support after roadmap delay

    15 June 2021

    Trade bodies including BBPA, UKH and BII “bitterly disappointed” by delay which will cost pub sector alone £400 million Hospitality and pub industry leaders including the BBPA, UKH, BII and CAMRA have today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding support for their sector, following the delay to the roadmap for reopening which will mean restrictions are not removed until July 19th at the earliest. The hospitality sector leaders have said they are “bitterly disappointed” by the delay to the full reopening of their sector, which will cost pubs £400 million alone. As a result, they have urged the Prime Minister to delay the reintroduction of business rates payments, which would cost the sector some £93 million in just July, by at least three months. They have also called on the Prime Minister to prioritise the additional £1.5 billion business rates support package announced back in March, to ensure eligible businesses such as brewers can apply as soon as possible.   A spokesperson said: “Our sector is facing one of its toughest periods in its history and this latest delay is yet another setback. “Many pubs cannot break even under current restrictions and around 2,300 still remain closed. “It is now absolutely critical that the Government provides our sector with further support – else the recovery of our pubs will be over before they’ve even been given a chance.”

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  • 85% of football fans say restrictions will ruin watching Euros at pub this summer

    09 June 2021

    BBPA urges for restrictions to be lifted on June 21st as part of Countdown to Freedom campaign  The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today revealed that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. The finding, from a survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the BBPA, illustrates the impact ongoing restrictions are having on the viability of pubs and to everyday lives, the trade association said. In the same survey, 91% of pub going football fans said they missed watching the football at the pub when they were fully closed during lockdowns. However, half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted. At present, pubs are required to ensure one metre plus social distancing is in place, operate table service only and ensure that face masks are worn other than when sat at a table inside or if outdoors. Group sizes are also limited indoors to just six people and bar or standing drinking is not permitted anywhere. The BBPA says these restrictions are particularly problematic for pubs showing UEFA Euro 2020 as they greatly limit the number of guests they can let into their pub to watch games and in turn their sales of pints and food. Football matches, especially tournaments, have long been crucial to the pub sector with fans of various teams flocking to their local each weekend to watch matches with friends. During World Cup 2018, which saw England progress to the semi-final of the tournament, BBPA figures show that an extra 40 MILLION pints were sold in pubs on top of normal trade. As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, and to give Brits a return to normality and enjoy such a national occasion as UEFA Euro 2020 properly, the BBPA is urging the Government to remove all restrictions for pubs on June 21st. It says this is needed because the damage the restrictions are having on the viability of pubs, brewers and hospitality businesses are impeding their recovery and threatening their very survival. It also says that if England, Scotland or Wales proceed to the later stages of the tournament, it will give more fans a chance to enjoy the occasion properly. The trade association has launched its “Countdown to Freedom” campaign urging the Government to remove restrictions on pubs and the wider hospitality sector on June 21st.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “When it comes to watching England, Scotland or Wales at the Euros, only being at the game itself can compare with being at the pubs. “Unfortunately, under the current restrictions they face, watching the Euros at the pub just won’t be the same as normal. Table service only, groups of up to six indoors and no standing drinking are going to crush the atmosphere. “85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will ruin the Euros experience at the pub. Half say they will be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their local if all restrictions on pubs are lifted. “It is a great shame as we know 91% of pub going football fans missed watching the game at the pub during lockdowns. Clearly people miss these freedoms they used to take for granted. “More and more people are getting the vaccine each day. It’s time for the restrictions on our freedoms to be replaced by the protection of the vaccination and for businesses and life to get back to normal. The Countdown to Freedom is on.”       Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.    

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  • Pub sector down by 20% due to restrictions and social distancing

    07 June 2021

    BBPA urges removal of restrictions in countdown to freedom for June 21st The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today revealed that pubs traded 20% lower in their first week of reopening indoors than the same period before the pandemic. The trade association said the 20% fall in trade was because of restrictions and social distancing measures pubs are having to implement, which are making them unviable as businesses. In a survey of its members, which own 20,000 of the UK’s pubs and supply many thousands more, the BBPA found that turnover for the pub sector in the UK as a whole for the week of May 17th was at 80% of the same period in 2019, despite 95% of UK pubs (some 45,000) reopening to trade. The average pub in the UK turns over approximately £470,000 per year, meaning if trade continues to stay at 80% of normal, the average pub would lose £94,000 in turnover over a year. With the average pint costing £3.81 in the UK, it would mean the average pub would need to sell 24,672 more pints over a year to make up that loss in turnover. Currently, pubs are required to ensure 1 metre plus social distancing is in place, operate by table service only and ensure that face masks are worn other than when sat at a table inside or if outdoors. Group sizes are also limited indoors to just six people and bar or standing drinking is not permitted. As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, the BBPA is urging the Government to remove all restrictions in pubs on 21st June. It says this is needed because the damage the restrictions are having on the viability of pubs, brewers and hospitality businesses are impeding their recovery and threatening their very survival. The trade association has launched its “Countdown to Freedom” campaign urging the Government to remove restrictions on pubs and the wider hospitality sector on June 21st. The campaign will continue to highlight to Government the cost and impact the remaining restrictions continue to have on the sector and remind the Government of its commitment to remove the restrictions on June 21st if its four tests for the removal of restrictions are met.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Our sector only turned over 80% of normal during the first week of indoor opening compared to before COVID-19 because of the restrictions it still faces. On average, each pub is trading 20% down on normal when you compare the week of May 17th 2021 to the same period in 2019. “Pubs trade on incredibly small margins, so being 20% down on normal times is huge and incredibly concerning. Over a year, it would equate to £94,000 in lost turnover. To make that lost turnover up, the average pub would need to sell 24,672 more pints over a year. “What is especially worrying is that there was a lot of enthusiasm to visit the pub when they first reopened indoors. When that initial enthusiasm to return to the local cools down, trade could get even worse. “The countdown to freedom for our sector on June 21st is on. Without restrictions removed, thousands of pubs remain unviable and could still be lost forever despite being back open for now. “As more and more individuals receive their vaccination, if the Government’s four tests for the removal of restrictions are met it must remove them on June 21st. Otherwise, more grant support is going to be essential to tie our pubs over.”

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  • BBPA produces new guidance for pubs as countdown to Euro 2020 begins

    02 June 2021

      Trade association says guidance will help pubs ensure UEFA EURO 2020™ screenings are a success With just over a week to go until UEFA EURO 2020™ kicks-off on June 11th, the British Beer & Pub Association has produced practical guidance for pubs to help ensure screenings are a success and customers and staff are kept safe. The new guidance has been developed alongside the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), UKHospitality (UKH), the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Local Government Association (LGA). Live sport is a hugely important part of the pub experience and UEFA EURO 2020™ is a major opportunity to attract customers who want to watch live matches in the great atmosphere of the pub once more. Particularly as it will be the first major sporting tournament aired in pubs since their reopening from the third COVID-19 lockdown. The guidance aims to help pubs, other licensed venues, licensing authorities and the police all work together to ensure a safe environment for both customers and staff, whilst enabling people to enjoy the much-missed freedom of visiting the pub to watch the football once more. It provides a simple bullet point list for publicans to run through and make sure all aspects are considered and any appropriate steps taken for successful screenings, whether that is indoors or outdoors. The guidance also notes the extra safety measures required due to Coronavirus and in particular the COVID-Secure workplace guidance for pubs. Furthermore, it also includes guidance pubs should consider with regards to security and suspicious behaviour, in particular counter-terrorism measures.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs are the home of live sport and we cannot wait for the Euros and watching together a major tournament in the pub once more. “This new guidance we have created with fellow trade bodies and the authorities will help pubs have a successful Euros. “It is important people can enjoy the much-missed freedom of watching the football at the pub, but this guidance will help ensure everyone’s safety both in terms of COVID-19 but also any suspicious or antisocial behaviour.”   Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Councils have been working hard to support businesses to reopen and will continue to work with businesses to ensure they are operating safely as COVID-19 regulations ease and the EURO 2020 tournament begins. “We’re all looking forward to being able to watch a live sporting event with friends and family once again, but should make sure we are following government coronavirus guidelines and respecting the rules put in place by the premises so everyone can enjoy the football safely.”   The guidance for pubs is free and available to all publicans and operators as a PDF download here: https://beerandpub.com/licensee-guidance/euro-2020-guidance/    

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