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  • Energy costs set to sink UK pubs and brewers, new data shows

    05 December 2022

    Pubs and breweries will face major financial losses, make no profit and many will be forced to shut up shop if the energy bill relief scheme is not extended for them beyond 31st March 2023, new research has shown.  In a new report by Frontier Economics, produced for the British Beer and Pub Association, calculations showed energy bills returning to their regular rate post-March would put pubs and brewers at a loss of 20% on average.  The report showed energy costs were currently the biggest threat to their viability, and would be even more lethal when the relief scheme ended in April. This was on top of cost inflation across other parts of their businesses food and drink, to key commodities and wages were contributing to profit margins being erased.  Based on an extensive analysis of industry reports, accounts and interviews with pub operators and brewers as well as a full review of the wider economic context from August to October 2022, the report noted how businesses had already made changes to mitigate against cost inflation where possible; from changing menu options to reducing opening hours. It flagged that energy costs were still hitting businesses hard and rises post-March simply could not be guarded against and would be crippling.    In addition to illustrating the immense pressures facing the brewing and pub industry, the report – produced in advance of the Autumn Statement – lays out different routes for intervention from Government to save businesses from closure, from extending the energy support package to reform of the business rates system.  Tim Black, Associate Director in Frontier Economics’ retail and consumer team said: “Recent economic shocks of Covid, Brexit and the war in Ukraine have put sustained pressure on businesses. Our analysis shows the pub & brewery sector is facing a combination of surging costs – primarily energy, but also raw materials and wages – and falling demand, as consumers reduce their spending in the face of severe cost of living pressures.   While there are different impacts across businesses and uncertainty on the outlook, the underlying economics of the sector makes absorbing these shocks incredibly difficult – and some firms will struggle to survive.”  Aside from the report, individual pubs and breweries across the country have also reported cases of poor practice and profiteering by energy suppliers in recent months. Some suppliers have sought to make money outside the restriction of the cap through increasing prices on other parts of bills or cancelling contracts at short notice, in some cases businesses have struggled to find suppliers because they have been deemed to be ‘too vulnerable’ as businesses.   Gemma Gardener who runs The York Hotel, a pub with rooms in Morecambe:   “Not only have our energy bills extortionate, but our supplier has also added on extra unexpected charges outside of our standard rates as well, from a £2k installation fee to doubling our daily hire charge unexpectedly.  “We have tried to switch suppliers but been rejected, and the only reason we’re able to keep going is because our pub company is helping us through. We’re struggling with our bills but so are our customers as well and so we’re being squeezed at both ends. We’ve even started offering free food to encourage customers to come in and buy drinks.   “Not knowing what we’ll be charged month on month is incredibly scary, this isn’t only our business but our home as well but we’re at the mercy of our energy suppliers. If it’s this bad now I dread to think what it will be like when the energy relief scheme ends come April.”  Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:   “A long-term guarantee that energy costs and contracts will be fair and reasonable come the Spring cannot come soon enough for our pubs and brewers. They are planning now for the months ahead and need assurance that bills won’t rocket and completely wipe out profits.   “This report demonstrates the unique position our sector finds itself in, vulnerable to cost inflation across the entirety of its supply chain and acutely conscious of declining consumer confidence and wanting to avoid increasing prices for struggling customers. It shows how we have tried to remain resilient but that there are simply no further means for brewers and publicans to absorb costs.  “We are urging the Government to take seriously consider the impact rocketing energy costs will have not just on the businesses that have to pay them, but the communities they are embedded in and serve across the entirety of the UK. These figures paint a stark, very grim picture of what is to come if our sector does not make the cut for extra support come the 1st of April.”  Read the full report

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  • World Cup could deliver knockout sales for pubs, with 15 million pints expected to be sold on Sunday

    01 December 2022

    Football fans have been heading to the pub to cheer on their favourite team with beer sales receiving a boost and 15million pints expected to be drank on Sunday when England face Senegal in the knockout stages; 5 million more than usual, delivering an additional £22 million to the industry. Ahead of the tournament, a survey conducted by the British Beer and Pub Association showed pubs expected the World Cup to boost business by up to 10%. However, mid-week games have delivered more than expected in some cases, with England’s first group game against Iran packing out pubs on a usually quiet day, with a 62% uplift in beer sales according to data consultancy CGA Insight, the equivalent of 3 million more pints worth almost £12million. Now, as England head into their first knockout game of the tournament this Sunday, pubs across the country will be holding their breath and hoping for a win to help celebrations continue over the coming weeks. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “Pubs were hoping for a boost to business during this World Cup and so far, the beer has been flowing, and fans have been showing up to cheer on England. The tournament has been filling up pubs on days that otherwise might be quieter, and we’re hoping that trend continues in the next couple of weeks. “It’s been a tough year for our industry, and we know people are feeling the pinch but we’re really hoping fans continue to turn out to support two great British institutions by toasting to the Three Lions at their local pub. We’ll be keeping everything crossed this Sunday because when England do well, so do our pubs!”

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  • An open letter to negotiating parties of the rail dispute

    29 November 2022

    With just two weeks to go until the first planned December rail strike the British Beer and Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping, Night Time Industries Association, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and the Association of Town and City Management have today (29 November 2022) written an open letter to the negotiating parties in the rail dispute stressing the urgent need for a resolution. Regarding the letter and the ongoing disputes Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “The weeks leading up to Christmas are the busiest of the year for pubs, and they were looking forward to trading normally for the first time in three years, but news of these strikes have dealt a serious blow in an already critically difficult economic climate. Every day we go without a resolution is another day of damage to the industry, with cancellations being made and Christmas parties called off.  "Our industry desperately needs a boost this Christmas and so we are urging all parties to find an urgent resolution to rescue this festive season from ruin for our pubs.” Read the letter

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  • We're hiring: Communications Officer

    24 November 2022

    Have you got a flare for writing, are savvy on social media and love a pint in your local? We have an exciting opportunity to join the BBPA as our new Communications Officer. You'll join our friendly team at a pivotal moment as we launch a new brand and website and look to expand our reach and impact even further across the media and our social channels. Supporting the Head of Communications and wider BBPA team, your role will be varied, fast-paced and interesting; from creating engaging social media content to amplify our messaging through to gathering insight and stories from our members to support our media work. You'll be brilliant at writing for different channels and audiences, be proactive in spotting opportunities to further the organisation's messaging and brand, and have good awareness of current affairs and the news agenda. Main responsibilities Day to day management of the BBPA's social media channels, support in strategising and developing existing platforms and introducing new ones where needed to expand the organisation's digital reach and engagement Researching and gathering information on a variety of policy and communications areas; building relationships with internal and external stakeholders to collate up to date photography and case studies to support the BBPA's achievements and highlight challenges Support in the production of high-quality communications materials and ensure all BBPA branded assets are kept up to date and are fit for purpose Writing, editing and uploading content to the BBPA website to keep it fresh and relevant Writing, editing and distributing regular online newsletters to BBPA members (using MailChimp) Supporting the successful running of a busy press office through contact list management, media monitoring and drafting briefs and press releases Key experience and skills 2 years experience of working in a similar role either in house or with an agency Demonstrable experience of successfully running organisational social media channels (knowledge of tools such as Hootsuite a bonus) Experience of writing engaging copy for different channels, platforms and audiences Ability to multitask, manage competing priorities and problem solve where required Benefits Salary: £30-34k 25 days leave + bank holidays Subsidised gym membership Season ticket loan Cycle to work scheme Access to dental & medical insurance This role is hybrid, with three days a week based at our central London offices. We value diversity and are working to increase this within our organisation and industry, if you are interested in the role but not sure if you meet all the requirements we would encourage you to apply regardless. To apply please email your CV and covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) outlining your suitability for the role to shall@beerandpub.com before 5pm on 2nd January 2023.  For an informal chat about the role or if you have any questions before applying you can call Jessie on 020 7627 9199 - no agencies please.

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  • BBPA responds to Chancellor's Autumn Statement

    17 November 2022

    Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Emma McClarkin Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “It is right the Chancellor has acknowledged of the need for changes to our business rates system and extended and increased relief to 75% for pubs, so they do not continue to be penalised through unfair taxation. Urgent root and branch reform is still needed make business rates fit for the 21st century, with the decision not to introduce an Online Sales Tax it seems the Government doesn’t recognise the completely archaic nature of the current system. “The failure to provide any further relief for our industry today will hit pubs, breweries and their customers extremely hard this winter, and will have a devastating, lasting impact on communities across the country. “Without lower beer duty or detail on whether energy costs will dramatically increase early next year, pub and brewers will still be forced to continue to make incredibly difficult decisions. The last thing they want to do is increase costs for their customers; they want to remain a place of solace, warmth and community, especially now, when the country needs them most.   “The Chancellor says we need to weather the storm together, but pubs and brewers are still facing a hurricane of costs leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. Their costs up 22% on average from last year, we are now losing 50 pubs a month for good.  With the entire country being plunged further into a cost-of-living crisis that shows no signs of let up, there is nowhere for these businesses left to go. “Our pubs and brewers want to remain strong, serve their communities and have the potential to support the Government’s mission to level up every single part of the UK. They have stood at the heart of villages, towns and cities for centuries. They pulled through the pandemic but are now faced with an existential crisis that will undoubtedly force more business closures in the coming months, as they simply have no options left. More is needed from the Government to secure their future.”

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  • Plea from pubs and brewers to help keep the price of a pint affordable this Christmas

    12 November 2022

    Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement on 17 November pubs and brewers are calling for the beer duty freeze to be reinstated as costs continue to rise, beer sales start to slow and more closures loom in communities across the country As business costs continue to soar and the cost of living bites for consumers, the British Beer and Pub Association has made a final plea in an open letter to the Chancellor, asking him to reconsider a freeze to beer duty to help keep the cost of a pint in the local pub affordable for customers this Christmas. Highlighting new figures the letter shows the average costs for pubs and brewers were up 22% at the end of this summer compared to 2021, even before colder months started to bite. Writing to the Chancellor, the Association stresses that soaring prices are forcing businesses to pass on costs to their customers at the bar, with the average price of a pint up 8% on last year. The letter, sent by the BBPA, representing businesses from regional pub companies to international brewers, highlights the tax as one of a myriad of costs that are driving increased prices for customers and crippling their businesses; with over 50 pubs a month now closing compared to around 30 just 12 months ago. Highlighting soaring costs across the entire supply chain and ongoing uncertainty about whether they will receive support with unmanageable energy costs beyond March, the letter notes the freeze would help to keep the price of a pint affordable and ensure customers aren’t deterred from a trip to their local this festive period, with UK beer sales already down 10% on the same period last year. The letter also cautions that failing to introduce the beer duty freeze would take the tax to its highest ever historical record at a time of severe pressure for the industry, but reinstating would channel £360million back to pubs and breweries. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “We are caught in an extremely vicious circle, customers are understandably being cautious, but the cost of doing business is out of control and as a result this is set to be the toughest Christmas on memory for UK pubs and brewers. Many just managed to pull through the pandemic, but what we are facing now is crippling businesses at an unprecedented rate. We need the beer duty freeze reinstated to alleviate at least some of the cost pressure on our pubs and brewers and to avoid undermining the crucial Alcohol Duty reform measures to be implemented in 2023. “The last thing these pubs want to do is put prices up for customers who are struggling themselves with the cost of living, they want to provide a warm and welcoming space for their communities, especially in this acutely difficult time, but without relief from the Government it’s difficult to see how many will continue to do so.” Oliver Robinson, Joint Managing Director of Robinsons Brewery, who operate 260 pubs across the North West and North Wales said: “For months there has been absolutely no let-up in the costs being piled onto our business. We are seeing unprecedented price increases across the business but especially on raw materials and if these were all passed on it would make the cost of a pint almost unaffordable in many pubs. “News of the beer duty freeze by the former Chancellor provided a ray of hope, but the subsequent U-turn has not helped the mood and we urgently need the Chancellor to reinstate it to provide some let up. Beyond this, there needs to be some parity created, we need a VAT reduction within our sector to make sure it can be allowed to thrive once again, not just survive. We want to be in a position where we are supporting and funding government in a fair way, not one that is unsustainable.” Paul Davies Chief Executive of Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company said: “Costs are spiralling across the whole of our supply chain, from the cost of CO2 to malt to bottles, all directly impacted by energy. A cut to beer duty would ease these pressures so we can continue to supply the industry at this difficult time and help keep the cost of a pint affordable for customers. “If the Government is serious about investing in businesses for growth they need to recognise the value our industry brings not only socially in communities across the UK but economically and deliver a freeze to a tax that is in desperate need of reform.”

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