Power committed to Fair Pint cause

By Andrew Pring andrew.pring@william-reed.co.uk

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Fair pint campaign, Music venue, Nightclub, Soho

Vince Power, the music mogul bankrolling the Fair Pint campaign, says he is "totally committed" to the cause. And he predicts the campaign is "the...

Vince Power, the music mogul bankrolling the Fair Pint campaign, says he is "totally committed" to the cause. And he predicts the campaign is "the beginning of the end for the pubcos."

Talking exclusively to the MA, the Irish founder of the Mean Fiddler group says "either beer should be cheaper for licensees, or the rent should." Power sold his music venues last year, but is still a major property owner and has 12 bars and restaurants in London including at least one Enterprise lease.

He said: "I became interested in this campaign when I spotted it on the internet. I'd been getting increasingly frustrated by the lease system, and became aware there were other people out there just as unhappy as I was. I got to meet the people behind it. Mike Bell has inspired me.

"The pub business is in a pretty bad state. Although that's not totally down to the pubcos, some leases just don't work and people really struggle. I want this campaign to bring some sense back into the business.

"It may take five years to win, and it'll definitely have to go to Parliament and maybe the EU — but the system is unjust and it has to be righted. This is definitely a mountain that we can climb.

"If you have the drive and the money and justice is on your side, you'll get the change you want. If other licensees want to join us, they can sign up on our website and come to our meetings. They've got nothing to be afraid of."

Power's involvement and financial muscle will concern pubco bosses. When they do their homework, they will realise Power is a formidable adversary.

One Guardian profile a few years back began: "Woe betide anyone who gets in Power's way. The 6ft lump of Irish meat and gristle is London's most powerful music venue owner. He didn't get there by being a pushover."

The Power portfolio

Power sold his stake in the Mean Fiddler Music Group in July 2005, and went on to set up the Vince Power Music Group (VPMG). VPMG also runs Profile Bar, in Soho; Spiga, an Italian Trattoria in Wardour Street; Bar 101, a bar under Centre Point; Power Acoustic Room,

in Kilburn High Road; Lo-Profile and Moose Bar.

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