chief executive, British Beer & Pub Association (20)
communications director, British Beer & Pub Association (20)
These staunch defenders of the realm will surely be battle weary following a year of hard-fought campaigns and advocacy for the trade. Battles have been waged on the muddy fields of licensing reform, the Trade & Industry Select Committee pubco inquiry, smoking bans,24-hour drinking, police blitzes and the Security Industry Authority.
Mark Hastings, as the trade body's spokesman, could be seen, heard and read in every media outlet throughout January and February rebutting ridiculous claims from the Daily Mail on round-the-clock opening. In the meantime, Rob Hayward helped piece together proposals to ban smoking in 80% of pub space by 2009, declaring the plan "practical and deliverable". Next up for the caped crusaders were local councils intent on ridding pubs of their grandfather rights under the new regime. A strong word in the then licensing minister Richard Caborn's ear was enough to quickly clear up the issue.
Aside from this sterling work, the BBPA launched the Beautiful Beer campaign to improve the image of the hoppy beverage but is still awaiting final approval for its toughened promotions code more than a year after handing it over to the Office of Fair Trading. For good measure, a legal challenge was launched, together with the ALMR and BII, to pull into line two local authorities intent on over-stepping the mark with their "creative" interpretation of the 2003 Licensing Act.