Brewery boss: MPs still don't understand the tie

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MPs need more education about the way the industry is run, according to the head of a traditional family brewer. James Clarke, managing director of...

MPs need more education about the way the industry is run, according to the head of a traditional family brewer.

James Clarke, managing director of Hook Norton, welcomed four MPs into the Cotswold company's pubs during Proud of Pubs Week earlier this month.

And while he was impressed that they all took an interest in the industry he believed serious misconceptions remain about the way the tie is operated.

"We need to get across that there are a myriad of different agreements.

"The industry needs to do more work to promote the benefits of the relationship between a regional brewer and its tenants.

"We were delighted that MPs in our area came out in Proud of Pubs Week, it was a great opportunity to get across more about that relationship and the concerns, but we still feel we need to have more dialogue."

He added: "There has been a lot of negativity about the tie. You get people writing down early day motions who don't understand the issue and people sign it and they don't know what they are signing to."

The MP's who visited pubs in Hook Norton's Cotswalds patch during The Publican's​ Proud of Pubs Week included Peter Luff, chairman of the Business and Enterprise Committee that recently investigated pub companies, and fellow Tories Ed Vaizey, Tony Baldry and Tim Boswell.

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