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

    04 June 2021

    The British Beer & Pub Association 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 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. 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, leaving pubs unable to get beyond break even. “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 warns of ‘serious’ staff shortages in pubs

    03 June 2021

    The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has warned of ‘serious’ staff shortages it says pubs are experiencing. It has written to Employment Minister, Mims Davies, urging the Government to urgently do what it can to help the sector with such staff shortages. According to the BBPA, some of its members have either had to shut pubs or greatly reduce their service due to the shortages. It says the shortages have been caused by an array of factors, from the labour intensive requirements of social distancing restrictions the sector has to operate under, to EU nationals not returning to the UK as well as disconnect in staff on furlough returning to work in pubs particularly those with double jobs. It says that in order to show returning and prospective pub and hospitality staff that the sector is a safe and stable employer, it is of paramount importance that the Government sticks to the roadmap commitment of removing restrictions on 21st June. It has also urged the Government to expand the Youth Mobility Scheme to cover more nations and provide a more flexible approach to immigration by reviewing the shortage occupation list, to help support pub and hospitality staffing needs for the long term. 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 not only 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 but because of the knock to the confidence of those employees in the hospitality sector. The trade association has launched its “Countdown to Freedom” campaign urging the Government to remove restrictions on pubs and the wider hospitality sector on 21st June. 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 21st June if its four tests for the removal of restrictions are met. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:  “Our pubs face a serious staffing shortage that has become acute. In some instances pubs are having to reduce capacity or close entirely because they don’t have the staff to open. “This is a major concern for our sector as it is hindering its recovery after lockdown. At our heart we are a people business and we need good people to provide the best hospitality. "Even before the crisis, pubs in some areas were struggling to find the staff with the skills they need, particularly chefs and kitchen staff.  As they reopen and begin their recovery, some have found staff have either moved away or found jobs in other sectors. “To show our pubs are back open for good and are a stable career choice, it is imperative the Government sticks to the roadmap and removes all restrictions on 21st June. "It remains the case that pubs and hospitality are a great career and you can go from bar staff to managing a pub very quickly. We just need the Government to confirm this by removing all restrictions on 21st June. The countdown to freedom, and the recovery of our sector, is on.”

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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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  • BBPA launches “Countdown to Freedom” campaign, urging Government to remove all restrictions in pubs on June 21st

    01 June 2021

    Trade association gives rallying call to hospitality, pub and brewing organisations to get behind campaign The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today launched a new campaign urging the Government to remove all remaining covid restrictions on pubs and the wider hospitality sector. Called “Countdown to Freedom”, the new campaign will remind the Government of its roadmap commitment to remove all remaining restrictions on June 21st. It will comprise of powerful news stories and social media posts using the hashtag #Countdown2Freedom, showing the damage current restrictions are having on the viability of pubs, brewers and hospitality businesses and how they threaten to impede their recovery. It will also highlight the freedoms people miss the most from when they could visit pubs and other hospitality venues as normal before the covid crisis. At present, approximately 95% of the UK’s 47,000 pubs have re-opened. However, they face significant restrictions that greatly limit their ability to trade as viable businesses. These restrictions include table service only, 1 metre plus social distancing, group sizes of up to 6 indoors and no bar or standing drinking. Upwards of 2,000 pubs are still closed, unable to reopen under the current restrictions in place because they are too small to do social distancing or table service only. As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, the BBPA says all restrictions must be removed in pubs on 21st June if safe to do so. Publicans, hospitality operators and interest groups ranging from consumer bodies to trade associations are all encouraged to get involved in the campaign. This will be done by supplying a range of social media assets available for everyone to use to promote the campaign through their own social channels and website, showing their support and the desire of the hospitality sector as a whole to fully reopen without restrictions. Anyone wanting to learn more about the “Countdown to Freedom” campaign and request campaign support materials should get in contact with the BBPA via https://beerandpub.com/contact-us/.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Despite 95% of pubs reopening, the heavy restrictions they still face are hampering trade and viability. As many as 2,000 pubs are still unable to reopen because of the restrictions and so whilst they remain in place they jeopardise the recovery of the sector. “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 to get back to trading as normal. “The time is ticking on the Government to stick to its roadmap and remove all restrictions on June 21st. “Our campaign will highlight the impact current restrictions are having to the recovery of thousands of pub, brewing and hospitality businesses. It will remind people of the freedoms they are looking forward to enjoying in pubs which they still miss, such as standing drinking, bar service and cheering on their team while watching live sport. “The overall goal of the campaign is to ensure the Government safely removes all restrictions on our sector on June 21st.”

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  • Pubs to serve 42 million pints over the Spring bank holiday weekend – 21 million fewer pints than normal

    28 May 2021

    BBPA says removing all restrictions in pubs on 21st June is essential to survival of sector The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed it estimates 42 million pints of beer will be sold in Britain’s pubs over the Spring bank holiday weekend – 21 million fewer pints than normal. The trade association says that despite a positive looking first week of indoor and outdoor trading, the restrictions currently placed on pubs including table service only are significantly reducing the number of customers they can host and thus the number of pints they are selling. It means that this bank holiday weekend alone pubs will lose out on £80 million in revenue from pint sales – down 34% on revenue for a normal spring bank holiday weekend and crucially revenue that could be the difference between survival and closure for so many pubs. At present, approximately 95% of the UK’s 47,000 pubs have re-opened. However, they face significant restrictions that greatly limit their ability to trade as viable businesses. These restrictions include table service only, 1 metre plus social distancing, table sizes of up to 6 indoors and no bar service. Upwards of 2,000 pubs are still closed, unable to reopen under the current restrictions in place because they are too small to do social distancing or table service only. As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, and with latest updates from the Government and newspaper reports on the Indian variant looking positive, the BBPA says all restrictions must be removed in pubs on 21st June – as per the Government’s roadmap – if pubs are to have a fighting chance of survival and recovering their trade to viable levels. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We estimate Brits who go and support their local this bank holiday weekend will buy 42 million pints. Whilst that is better than being closed with no trade at all, it is 21 million pints fewer than normal for the Spring bank holiday. “Revenues for pubs this bank holiday weekend will be £80 million lower than normal when it comes to beer sales. That is a huge amount of money and could be the difference between surviving or thriving for thousands of pubs in communities across the country. “Despite 95% of pubs being open, they cannot stay open and survive under the current restrictions they face. Upwards of 2,000 pubs in the UK still aren’t able to reopen at all because they are too small for social distancing or table service only. “As more and more people get their vaccine, and if reports continue to suggest that the Indian variant is less prevalent than originally believed, all restrictions must be removed in pubs on June 21st as per the Government’s own roadmap. “Pubs only have a fighting chance of recovering from more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions if they can fully reopen as normal.”

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