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  • England fans to enjoy over 7 MILLION pints extra on Sunday due to Euros final, but pubs to lose out on £9 million from match due to restrictions

    08 July 2021

    BBPA welcomes first Three Lions final in 55 years, but warns boost to pubs from final will be greatly hindered by trading restrictions The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that England fans will buy 7.1 million pints on Sunday 11th July during the match when the Three Lions take on Italy in their first final of a tournament for 55 years for UEFA Euro 2020. However, the trade association warned that pubs are set to lose out on nearly £9 million in beer sales alone during the final due to trading restrictions, which will mean they sell 2.4m fewer pints during the match than if they had already been removed. Overall on Sunday 11th July, the day on which the final is played, the BBPA believes that nearly 13 million pints could be sold – with 7.1 million of those being sold during the match itself. However, if restrictions had been lifted already it predicts this would have been nearer 17 million pints, showing the huge impact restrictions have had on the viability of the sector. After Euro 2020, and once all restrictions on pubs are lifted, the BBPA is urging the Government to invest in pubs so they can truly begin their recovery. To do this it is supporting and promoting the newly launched Long Live The Local campaign. The campaign is urging the Government to invest in the sector so it can drive the economic recovery by reforming VAT, beer duty and business rates, reducing the unfair tax burden pubs and breweries face.     Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “After a 55 year wait, it is incredible to see England reach a tournament final. Sadly though, the restrictions still in place on pubs are going to greatly hinder any boost they could have hoped from it. “We expect England fans to buy over 7 million pints during the match at the pub. However, if restrictions had been lifted already for the final, we think as many as 9.5 million pints could have been sold during the match. “Only when the restrictions are removed can our pubs recover, but to do so they need Government investment to build back better. “We are backing the Long Live The Local campaign which celebrates our pubs and brewers but will urge the Government to invest in their recovery. We are calling for reform of VAT, beer duty and business rates on pubs and breweries which will help build stronger communities, jobs, investments and a thriving British beer and pub sector we can be proud of.”

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  • Extended hours for hauliers not the answer to delivery staff shortage

    08 July 2021

    BBPA warns that extended hours only ‘papers over the cracks’ The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing the UK beer and pub industries, has today warned that a temporary extension of working hours for hauliers is not the answer to a shortage of staff being experienced in the logistics sector across the UK. The shortage in HGV drivers is being felt by all sectors in the UK and the trade association said that extended hours only ‘papered over the cracks’ and that more action from Government was urgently needed. The trade association did reiterate though there was still plenty of beer to go round and being delivered. The BBPA also warned of continuing concerns in the beer and pub sector over NHS Test & Trace ‘pings’ forcing staff to self-isolate despite testing negative for COVID on lateral flow tests, which has resulted in pubs reducing their opening hours or even being forced to close due to the staff shortages it creates in pubs.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Extended hours for hauliers only papers over the cracks of the delivery staff shortage being experienced in sectors across the UK. “There is still plenty of beer to go around, but more action is urgently needed from the Government to rectify this issue both immediately and in the medium term. “Staff self-isolating from NHS Test & Trace pings despite testing negative for COVID continues to be an issue for our sector, resulting in whole pubs having to close as staff are forced to isolate. “Double vaccination exemptions from August 16th isn’t a solution for our sector. 43% of pubs staff are aged 18 – 25, meaning they are at the back of the queue for vaccines and will not have their second jab until September. We urge the Government to work with us on this too, to find a sensible solution that includes our young people and still ensures staff and customer safety.”

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  • England fans to buy over 6 MILLION pints during semi-final Euros match against Denmark

    07 July 2021

    BBPA says Government must now invest in pubs to support their recovery from July 19th The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that England fans will buy 6.8 million pints on Wednesday 7th June during the match when the Three Lions take on Denmark in their semi-final game of UEFA Euro 2020. This is more than during England’s quarter-final match against Ukraine, as the feel good factor continues to spread amongst fans of the Three Lions with the squad progressing through the tournament. Overall on Wednesday 7th July, the day on which the England vs Denmark game is played, the BBPA believes that 9.7 million pints could be sold – with 6.8 million of those being bought during the match itself. However, if restrictions had been lifted already it predicts this would have been nearer 12 million pints, showing the huge impact restrictions have had on the viability of the sector. Because of the restrictions, the BBPA believes 1.7 million less pints will be sold during the match than if they had already been removed, costing pubs £6.5 million. With the Government announcing that if the lifting of restrictions goes ahead on July 19th, all restrictions on pubs would be removed, the BBPA is now urging the Government to invest in pubs so they can truly begin their recovery. To fully recover and lead the economic bounce back from lockdown as the UK builds back better, the trade association is supporting and promoting the newly launched Long Live The Local campaign. In recent research undertaken by the campaign they found that men said watching their sports team on TV was their favourite moment in a pub with all pub goers ranking it in their top three favourite moments along with taking part in a pub quiz and watching a band. The campaign is urging the Government to invest in the sector so it can drive the economic recovery by reforming VAT, beer duty and business rates, reducing the unfair tax burden pubs and breweries face.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “With England fans’ support, we hope that pubs will sell 6.8 million pints during the semi-final match. “If the team goes on to win, a final at Wembley awaits, which would be a huge boost to our pubs and the nation. Come on England! “After a long wait, the pubs we love should be restriction free from July 19th. Only when the restrictions are removed can our pubs recover, but to do so they need Government investment to build back better. “We are backing the Long Live The Local campaign which celebrates our pubs but will urge the Government to invest in their recovery. We are calling for reform of VAT, beer duty and business rates on pubs and breweries which will help build stronger communities, jobs, investments and a thriving British beer and pub sector we can be proud of.”

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  • 2,000 more pubs would reopen with lifting of remaining restrictions  

    05 July 2021

    But BBPA warns recovery of pubs and brewers from lockdown is only just beginning The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed the announcement that restrictions on pubs in England, including one metre plus social distancing and table service only, would be lifted on July 19th if the government goes ahead with its roadmap. The trade association said the lifting of restrictions would mean more than 2,000 pubs that had been forced to stay shut because they couldn’t operate under social distancing and table service only restrictions could reopen. However, after nearly 18 months of forced closure or operating with heavy restrictions, the trade association warned that the lifting of restrictions would mark only the beginning of the British beer and pub sector’s recovery from COVID-19. To fully recover and lead the economic bounce back from lockdown as the UK builds back better, the British Beer & Pub Association is urging the Government to invest in the sector by reforming VAT, beer duty and business rates to reduce the unfair tax burden pubs and breweries face.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:  “The lifting of all remaining restrictions on pubs in England, if the Government sticks to its roadmap, is hugely welcome for our sector. A pint of beer on July 19th is going to taste all the sweeter! “After nearly 18 months of forced closure or operating under severe restrictions - which crippled the viability of pubs - July 19th should mark the beginning of the recovery for our sector in England. “Over 2,000 pubs remained closed because they couldn’t viably operate with social distancing and table service only. Hopefully from July 19th, these pubs will be able to reopen. “COVID, the lockdowns and restrictions have nearly destroyed our pubs. As they now get ready to reopen as normal once more, the recovery of our sector is only just beginning. “Having been one of the worst hit sectors by lockdown, our pubs and brewers now need the Government to invest in them by reforming VAT, beer duty and business rates to reduce the unfair tax burden they face and aid their recovery. “The Brewing and Pub Sector have a vital role to play in building back better in communities across the country. Investment in our sector will help drive the economic bounce back and aid the government with its levelling up agenda. We also urge the devolved administrations to now follow suit by removing restrictions and ensuring the recovery of the great British pub can start nationwide.”

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  • Pubs to lose out on over £5 million with 1.5 million fewer pints sold during England vs Ukraine match due to restrictions

    02 July 2021

    BBPA issues rallying call to England fans to watch football at the local, as it warns of booking cancellations and staffing concerns hampering pubs’ recovery   The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has said that pubs are set to lose over £5 million in sales during the quarter-final UEFA EURO 2020 knockout match against Ukraine, because of the impact of restrictions which will mean over 1.5 million fewer pints will be sold during the match than if there were no restrictions. The trade association said the boost to pubs from showing the Euros was being greatly restricted by ongoing restrictions still in place on the trade, including one metre plus social distancing, no standing, table service only and the rule of six. According to the BBPA, a number of its members have actually seen Saturday bookings cancelled in the run up to the match. Members have also reported that beer sales are lower than they had hoped from the Euros games shown so far. Recovery remains in the balance for the beer and pub sector with many pubs across the country having to close or significantly reduce their opening hours due to staffing issues, caused by staff shortages and NHS Test & Trace ‘pings’ resulting in pub staff having to isolate, despite testing negative for Coronavirus on lateral flow tests. Reports suggesting that double-jabbed Brits won’t have to isolate for ten days if they get ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test & Trace app if they test negative on a lateral flow test will not work for the pub sector, the BBPA says, because 43% of pub staff are aged 18 – 25, meaning they are at the back of the queue for vaccines and will not have their second jab for months. With pubs struggling to breakeven still and remain viable in the face of ongoing restrictions, the BBPA is urging England fans across the country to support England by supporting their local and watching the match at the pub. Particularly as England fans will not be able to travel to Rome to watch the match due to restrictions there. If England fans do go to their local to watch the match, the BBPA hopes they will buy 6 million pints during the game itself. Overall, on Saturday 3rd July when the game is played, it forecasts that 19 million pints could be sold. However, if restrictions had been lifted already it predicts this would have been nearer 24 million pints, showing the huge impact ongoing restrictions are having on the viability of the sector.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Restrictions on pubs are continuing to bite and because of this any boost pubs had hoped for from the Euros has been greatly weakened. “We expect pubs to sell 1.5 million fewer pints during the match because of the restrictions. Pubs will lose out on £5 million from that alone, which could be the difference to survival or closure for some. “As fans will not be able to attend the next match in Rome due to COVID restrictions, I urge England fans to support the team – and our pubs – by watching the game at their local where they can. “With England fans’ support, we hope that pubs will sell 6 million pints during the game itself. While that is far less than it would have been if restrictions were lifted, our pubs need all the support they can get right now. There is no better place to watch the match than down at the local. “Looking ahead, NHS Test & Trace is becoming a huge issue for our pubs. Already pubs are closing or greatly reducing their opening hours due to staff shortages caused by app pings – despite staff testing negative on lateral flow tests. “Reports that anyone with both jabs will not have to isolate from a NHS Test & Trace ping so long as they test negative on a lateral flow test will not work for our sector. 43% of pubs staff are aged 18 – 25, meaning they are at the back of the queue for vaccines and will not have their second jab for months. We urge the Government to work with us to find a sensible solution to this that still ensures staff and customer safety.”

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  • Continuation of restrictions until July 19th will cost pubs a further £200 million

    28 June 2021

    BBPA responds to confirmation that restrictions will not be lifted before July 19th The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the announcement that COVID-19 restrictions will not be lifted before July 19th. The BBPA has said the continuation of restrictions will cost pubs a further £200 million. That is £100 million for each week of ongoing restrictions. The delay to lifting restrictions from June 21st to the present day has already cost pubs £200 million, meaning in total the delay in the removal of all restrictions until July 19th will cost pubs £400 million. The BBPA says there can be no further delays to the full reopening of pubs and that it is crucial all restrictions are lifted on July 19th.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Although continuation of the restrictions until July 19th is not a surprise, it is still a tough decision for our sector to swallow. “The restrictions staying in place for at least a further two weeks will cost our pubs £200 million in these weeks alone.  In reality though, it will cost much more as confidence in our sector continues to remain low heading into the summer season so critical to our sector’s viability, as well as with the Euros on which normally would be a far bigger boost to our sector. “Each week the restrictions stay in place, the likelihood of pubs being lost forever increases. “It is crucial that all restrictions are now lifted on July 19th. Any further delay beyond July 19th would be catastrophic for our sector.”

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