Running your business

This page includes guidance on running your business, including advice on auto-enrolment, tips and national minimum wage.

There is a host of legislation associated with employing staff, including auto-enrolment pensions, tips and the national living and minimum wages. BBPA has produced guidance in these areas to assist members and pub operators in fulfilling their obligations under employment and pay law.

  • Scrapping of settled status fee a big boost for pubs, says BBPA

    21 January 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the settled status fee. The fee had meant that EU citizens would be charged £65 to claim settled status after the UK leaves the European Union, with an additional charge of £32.50 for any dependents. Analysis by the BBPA suggests that 71,000 EU nationals working in pubs will benefit from the settled status fee being scrapped, saving £4.6 million in total for those employed by the pub sector. The decision will also reduce unnecessary paperwork for publicans across the UK, the majority of which operate as small businesses. Some pub businesses had offered to pay the settled status fee for their EU staff, prior to the Prime Ministers decision to scrap it. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “The Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the settled status fee for EU nationals is a big boost for Britain’s pubs and their workforce. As many as 71,000 EU nationals will benefit from the decision, saving around £4.6 million in total. “The vast majority of pubs operate as small businesses, so the scrapping of the settled status fee will be of huge relief to those publicans who faced unnecessary admin and knock on costs from it. “Brewers and pubs employ as much as 24% of their workforce from overseas, rising to 40% in metropolitan areas and in some roles, such as kitchen staff, up to 80%. Already, companies have seen the number of EU workers in our sector decline. As a result, many companies were prepared to pay the cost of settled status for their colleagues who had committed to staying. This is a good decision and supports vital employees in pubs and across the hospitality sector. “This decision shows that the Government has been listening to the concerns of the beer and pub sector as well as the wider business community.”

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  • BBPA responds to commitment from DCMS on Tourism Sector Deal

    29 November 2018

    The BBPA has responded to a commitment from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to deliver a Tourism Sector Deal. The deal will focus on ensuring tourism and hospitality is a career for life, keeping the UK as the most accessible tourism industry in the world and sharing data and increasing accommodation capacity. Responding to the commitment, British Beer and Pub Association Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds commented:  “After a lot of very hard work to secure this deal for our industry, this is a great vote of confidence from the Government in our sector. Pubs are third on the list of things to do for overseas visitors to the UK; seven out of ten visit a pub whilst they are here. “As we prepare to leave the European Union, we must concentrate on making our sector one of choice for employees. Recruitment and retention are vital when as it stands 24% of our employees come from overseas, which rises to over 80% in metropolitan areas. “The BBPA is already chairing a group across the tourism sector on retention, and there is much work to do to secure the deal, but on the anniversary of the introduction of the Industrial Strategy, it is good to see such support from Government and VisitBritain.”

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