BBPA outlines pub trade priorities in new manifesto

By Noli Dinkovski

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The BBPA wants a moratorium on new licensing regulation
The BBPA wants a moratorium on new licensing regulation
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is to push for further duty reductions on beer and greater industry self-regulation in the run-up to next May’s general election.

In its manifesto published today (10 July), the trade body claimed lower taxes, policies to promote growth and greater support for partnership working were the priorities for the beer and pub sector up until 2020.

The BBPA said it would rally politicians from all parties in the run-up to the election. With fairer taxes a top priority, the association wanted to see more initiatives aimed at reducing the business-rates burden for community and high street pubs, and a review of the case for a lower rate of VAT on pub and restaurant meals.


Through its manifesto, it argued for more support for voluntary initiatives and partnerships, such as Pubwatch, Best Bar None, Business Improvement Districts and community alcohol partnerships.

As part of its aim to reduce the regulatory burden, the BBPA is also calling for a moratorium on new licensing regulation.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “With the general election just months away, our focus is on persuading politicians that with the right policies, we can have a thriving beer and pub sector serving local communities, and with investment and employment growth.


“Our manifesto will help us to make a clear and strong case on all these issues, with a further duty cut in the Budget in March 2015 our immediate priority.”

Simmonds added: “Our sector is weighed down by unnecessary regulation – another set of burdens that hamper our ability to create growth and jobs. This is why our proposals include a moratorium on new licensing regulation.”

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What is the Truth

Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

Two interesting pieces showing how the industry got to where it is.


One thing seems certain is that closures are in fact slowing from their 50 a week in 2007/8.

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Welcome to Narnia

Posted by Anti-pub self regulation,

There is nothing constructive or new in these proposals to help the pub trade industry. Weekly pub closures have accelerated despite 2 beer duty cuts. Why??

When the BBPA stops blaming and/or relying on government and starts implementing proposals that address the real structural challenges facing the pub trade industry, there might be a more positive response to their proposals.

Unfortunately, it seems that Narnia land is more comfortable for the BBPA. What a pity for those who care about the pub trade industry.

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