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  • Industry unites to tackle recruitment crisis, urging Government to show support at critical time

    09 November 2022

    With a recent survey showing hospitality job vacancies are at almost three times the national average, industry bodies have written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions outlining the severity of the recruitment crisis, urging him to publicly support the steps being taken to address it and to implement policies to alleviate recruitment pressures  In a joint letter to Mel Stride MP, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), UKHospitality, the Institute of Hospitality and charity Springboard, have called on the Minister to support a new industry-wide recruitment campaign, after a survey of hospitality businesses showed the current vacancy rate stands at 11% compared to UK average of 4%, a problem costing the industry £22bn a year. Outlining the difficulties businesses are having in recruiting, the letter points to the newly-launched Hospitality Rising campaign, which aims to change the perception of what it’s like to work in pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels and encourage more people to take up fast-progressing and fulfilling careers in hospitality.   Now, building on the backing of businesses from across the entire breadth of hospitality from national coffee shop and pub businesses to hotel chains and service stations, the letter has urged the Secretary of State to recognise the severity of the current crisis, to publicly endorse the campaign and ensure careers in hospitality are on the radar of young people and school leavers deciding their next steps.   In a joint statement, the organisations said:   “The recruitment crisis currently facing pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars across the UK is causing an existential threat to our industry. This is not a problem facing just one type of venue or hospitality business, it is a universal issue, and it is critical because brilliant, passionate people are the lifeblood of hospitality. “Since the pandemic, vacancies in our sector have rocketed, with many businesses now struggling to recruit the staff needed to simply keep trading day to day. Couple this with the current extreme cost of doing business and you have a perfect storm which will force many businesses to close for good without urgent intervention.   “Our industry is one of only a few that supports livelihoods and contributes to local economies in every single part of the UK, but we are being held back. We are already collaborating as a sector to demonstrate the dynamism of our businesses and the opportunity careers in hospitality offer, but we need the Government to help unlock our potential by ensuring there is a sustained talent pool available to support our businesses for the long term as well.”  As well as urging support for the campaign, the groups have also previously called on the Government to take action to help resolve the crisis by providing greater flexibility in the apprenticeship levy and increasing the number of youth mobility visas that are available to allow more people with the right skills to come to the UK.  

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  • Brewers on the road to net zero as COP27 begins

    07 November 2022

    Zero Carbon Forum and BBPA launch route to net zero for Brewers with specialist insight from Carbon ArchitectureThe Zero Carbon Forum and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have today launched an expanded, targeted roadmap for UK brewers to help the sector decarbonise at pace to reach net zero. The bespoke roadmap, launched at the beginning of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, is designed specifically for the brewing sector and provides guidance to support brewers on a pathway to net zero emissions. Industry specialists Carbon Architecture, as lead consultant, have provided a deep dive into brewing emissions within the roadmap and quantified the sector’s environmental impact. The actions needed are detailed, from optimising hot liquor systems to the decarbonisation of ingredients and transportation fleets, as well as highlighting the support needed from Government to help the sector on its net zero journey. An evolution of the version first published in 2021, this refreshed roadmap reflects the positive action taken by the sector since COP26 and the unique challenges and opportunities to decarbonise held by the brewing sector directly and across supply chains. In accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Account and Reporting Standard, the roadmap has been broken down into three ‘scopes’ for reporting purposes, with an additional focus on scope three emissions which are indirect emissions from supply chains.  The Zero Carbon Roadmap for Brewing can be found here.Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:   “We are in a critical moment when it comes to protecting our planet and we recognise how important it is for brewers to play their part and brew world class beer in a sustainable way. As an industry we are ambitious in our ability to affect change, demonstrated by brewing businesses across the country already taking huge steps to be more environmentally friendly. From improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2, to lowering water consumption, but this roadmap will further support brewers in reducing their environmental footprint. “This is not a mission we can embark on alone, collaboration is key, which is why we are delighted to launch this bespoke guidance alongside the Zero Carbon Forum and Carbon Architecture, to provide British brewers with a clear pathway to a net zero, green future.” Mark Chapman, Chief Executive of Zero Carbon Forum, said: “Through the Zero Carbon Forum, the brewing sector is collaborating to identify and implement all the actions it can take to cut carbon to net zero. Many of the initiatives detailed in this enhanced roadmap will also improve efficiency, grow sales and de-risk supply chains, helping Brewer’s survive the immediate crises as well as tackle the climate crises. Working alongside the BBPA we look forward to engaging Government to support the implementation of reduction initiatives at pace to reach net zero.” Will Todd, Chief Executive of Carbon Architecture, said: “The brewing industry has been taking really positive steps to decarbonise since the UK Government first committed to its net zero 2050 targets, and during that time our friends at the BBPA have been spearheading the thought leadership which has been key to driving the agenda forward. “This revised roadmap is the result of a strong collaboration between the sector’s largest and most influential trade association in the BBPA, the Zero Carbon Forum, which has ensured that the key stakeholders -the brewers themselves- are firmly invested in the recommendations put forward by the roadmap, and our consulting team at Carbon Architecture. “We have been helping brewers optimise their processes to reduce energy, carbon and product loss for the last decade, and I’m proud to say that we have come together to share our knowledge, and to help set this ambitious net zero pathway.”

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  • Third of hospitality businesses at risk of going bust due to soaring costs, new survey reveals

    31 October 2022

    More than a third of the UK’s hospitality sector is at risk of business failure in early 2023 due to the cost of doing business crisis, according to analysis of a new survey by UKHospitality, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and Hospitality Ulster. The organisations’ joint Q4 Hospitality Members’ Survey showed that 35% of respondents were expecting to be operating at a loss or be unviable by the end of the year, with 96% experiencing higher energy costs and 93% facing food price inflation. The impact of the cost-of-living crisis on customers is also being felt, with more than three-quarters of operators (77%) seeing a decrease in people eating and drinking out and 85% expect this to worsen going forwards. As a result, 89% are either not confident or pessimistic that the current levels of support offered by government will protect the industry in the next six months. Continued uncertainty about rising inflation, future regulation and staffing is causing a crisis of confidence among business owners. Business confidence has dipped lower1 than at any point during the pandemic and illustrates the deep concern in the sector. In a joint statement, the trade associations said: “The results clearly lay out the stark situation facing hospitality businesses, with many on the brink due to the cost of doing business crisis. “The vulnerability of the sector due to soaring energy costs, crippling rises in the cost of goods and dampening consumer confidence is on full display in this survey and if urgent action isn’t taken, it is looking incredibly likely that we will lose a significant chunk of Britain’s iconic hospitality sector in the coming weeks and months. “Hospitality has huge potential to be real driver of economic growth, job creation and deliver millions to the Exchequer and our local economies. Prior to the energy crisis, the sector was showing signs of having bounced back strongly from the pandemic and looking to grow. “If the Government wants to be turbo-charging sectors of the economy, our dynamic hospitality industry is prime to grow. But it needs to survive this generational crisis first. “Further business rates relief is absolutely critical to avoid businesses facing a cliff-edge in April next year and, in the long-term, a move to cut VAT for hospitality would do wonders in giving consumers the confidence they need to support their local hospitality businesses, which are so important to our local communities and the economy. “We would all encourage the new Prime Minister to work with the sector on these suggested measures and what further action can be taken to ensure hospitality continues to thrive well into the future.”

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  • MEMBER WEBINAR: Taking advantage of your compliance obligations to drive energy savings

    25 October 2022

    This BBPA member-only webinar was led by Will Todd, an Energy and Carbon Reduction expert, whose consultancy Carbon Architecture is well known across the UK brewing sector and is an ongoing partner of the BBPA on issues relating to sustainability and energy efficiency. During this one-hour webinar Will looked at how brewers and pub chains can use compliance obligations such as the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) to their advantage, particularly during the current energy crisis. He also reviewed the important changes to the upcoming ESOS phases in 2023 and 2027, and highlighted the key considerations for effective energy assessments, and how these underpin Net Zero strategies.       Will is an ESOS Lead Assessor, and Carbon Architecture has completed hundreds of audits across the sector to help businesses identify improvement opportunities. He has over 15 years of energy and sustainability consultancy experience in industry and manufacturing, with extensive experience of energy, carbon and utilities cost saving management across a wide portfolio of clients.

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  • WEBINAR and Q&A: Making your pub and brewing business the best it can be by championing diversity and inclusion

    25 October 2022

    Did you know…businesses that are diverse and inclusive are more innovative and have better staff retention? These are just two of a whole range of reasons to make sure your brewing or pub business is championing diversity and inclusion. Whilst it can feel difficult to know where to start, the moral case for championing diversity and inclusion is clear, and research also clearly demonstrates the opportunities it creates for businesses to grow economically. In this one-hour webinar we heard from pub and brewing businesses about their experiences of creating inclusive businesses and looked at how to overcome challenges when starting your own diversity and inclusion journey. Whether you're just taking the first steps on your diversity and inclusion journey or embedding practices throughout the entirety of your workforce, this webinar explores practical advice and tips to help your business be the best it can be through diversity and inclusion. We were joined by guest speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences: Liz Buchanan & Jess Dixon-Collier from Lucky Saint Garry Clarke-Strange from Greene King Laura Summers from Inclusive Employers

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  • Public show support for pubs as more than 10 a week close for good

    25 October 2022

    People from across the UK have put their name to a petition to save pubs and breweries from closure, with the top ask of Government being to review the U-turn on freezing alcohol duty  Following the appointment of the new Prime Minister and ahead of the Chancellor’s statement on 31 October, the Long Live the Local campaign supported by 146,000 members of the British public, and backed by the British Beer and Pub Association, is calling on the Government to save pubs and breweries in communities across the country from closure.    The ask comes as up to 12 pubs a week are closing their doors for good due to rising costs across their businesses, a rise in the number of closures compared to during the pandemic.   To help save their local from closure, the 146,000 people in communities across the country are calling on the Chancellor to:  Reinstate the freeze on alcohol duty and introduce alcohol duty reforms that support British pubs and beer as a lower strength product Lower business rates for pubs so they are equitable to other similar businesses Reinstatement of the lower rate of VAT for food and beverages sold in pubs with a view to making this permanent  Jamie Langrish who runs three pubs in and around Stockport said:   “For months now costs have been rising on absolutely everything across my business from key ingredients to energy bills. I’ve had to take some really tough decisions, I’m considering closing the kitchen in one of my pubs, because it’s simply too costly to run and I’ve halted the much-needed refurbishment of another.   “I really want to keep my pubs running for the local communities they serve and provide a warm and welcoming space and experience, but it’s becoming near impossible to run a viable business. The energy cap for businesses was a welcome short-term relief but I need assurance for the future that costs are going to go down permanently across the board otherwise running my pubs simply won’t be doable.”  In October 2021, the now PM Rishi Sunak in his role as Chancellor, stated that the current system of alcohol taxation was “outdated, complex and full of historical anomalies” and committed to reform and simplify alcohol duty to help breweries and pubs. Now, the Long Live the Local campaign and British Beer and Pub Association is urging the PM and the current Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to follow through with those commitments as soon as possible, as well as reinstate the freeze to alcohol duty announced by Kwasi Kwarteng just weeks ago.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:   “Our pubs and brewers are in desperate need of relief. The cost of doing business is completely out of control and whilst we welcomed an intervention on energy it is just one of a myriad of spiralling costs our publicans and brewers are facing.   “The PM has shown before that he believes in our sector as one that is not only at the heart of so many communities across the country, but also that with the right investment our sector the potential to deliver jobs, growth and support local economies in every part of the UK.   “We really hope the new PM and his Chancellor will once again step up and show they recognise just how important pubs and breweries are to the lifeblood of this country before it is too late.” 

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