Enterprise welcomes Royal Assent for pubs code

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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The Small Business Bill and Deregulation Bill both received Royal Assent yesterday
The Small Business Bill and Deregulation Bill both received Royal Assent yesterday

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Enterprise Inns has welcomed the granting of Royal Assent for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill yesterday, which enshrines in law the introduction of a pubs code and adjudicator.

Simon Townsend, chief executive, said: “Royal Assent brings greater certainty as we continue to work with our publicans and develop ways of working to accommodate the forthcoming statutory code. We look forward to participating in the future consultation to ensure that details of secondary legislation - the Statutory Code itself - are workable and build on the progress made to date”.

In the final stages of the bill in the House of Lords the Government said it would seek to legislate on exemptions from the controversial market rent only option for franchises and companies that invest significantly in their estate.

Deregulation Bill

The Deregulation Bill, which abolishes the requirement to renew personal licences, also received Royal Assent yesterday.

Jonathan Smith, managing partner at licensing law firm Poppleston Allen, said he expects the Commencement Order, which will specify the date from which this requirement will be abolished, to be passed in the "next day or so".

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Posted by ken nason,

Thanks for the clarification. What you mean is that you will be watching the formation of the secondary legislation closely. You say that the terms will be subject of negotiations. Can you explain who the negotiations will be between as I can find no indication of which groups will be involved.

Thank you for your invitation but I must decline as matters are too far advanced to be able to contribute at such a late stage. Without clear knowledge of who is involved it would be remiss to make such a choice.

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Avoidance of Doubt

Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

Dear Mr Feal-Martinez

Thank you for your email of 25 March. I confirm that I have been instructed to discontinue proceedings and will be filing Notice of Discontinuance shortly.


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Quite Correct

Posted by Dave Mountford,

RFM - amazingly correct - I meant 2016
Ken - We will include me - as for the others thats up to them - perhaps you would like to step up to the plate, after all I am very tired of this and it would be good for someone of your background and experience to be involved.

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