Easter weekend news round-up

By Ed Bedington

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: UnitedWeStand, Coronavirus, Alcoholic beverage, Public house

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington reviews the biggest stories from the pub sector after another week in lockdown ahead of the Easter weekend.

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  • More than 20% of pubs lose out on Government grants as rateable value too high​ - Almost 10,000 pubs have been left out of the Government’s grant scheme because they have rateable values of – or more than – £51,000.
  • Star Pubs & Bars ‘providing rent relief on individual basis’​ - Pub company Star Pubs & Bars is giving rent relief to its licensees on a pub-by-pub basis because it believes this will ensure its sites do well in the future.
  • Pubco bosses: ‘cancelling pub rents will leave the sector in disarray’​ - There are growing calls from across the sector for pubcos to cancel rents entirely during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Social media uproar over 'pubco protection'​ - Angry commentators have let rip on social media in response to the British Beer & Pub Association boss Emma McClarkin speaking on behalf of pubco bosses, which said “cancelling pub rents” was not the solution to the ongoing crisis.
  • Robinsons cancels rent until pubs reopen​ - Stockport-based operator and brewer Robinsons has outlined the measures it is taking to support its licensees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Wells & Co not collecting commercial rent for April and May​ - Brewer and operator Wells & Co won’t be collecting commercial rent from its licensees for the next two months amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Licensees can claim duty credit on wasted beer​ - Operators can claim credit for ullage on unsold beer, which could potentially save pubs “a fortune”, it is understood​.
  • Baby delivered in empty pub in ‘surreal moment’ for operator​ - A pub manager has described the surreal moment a baby was delivered in his empty pub last week.

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