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OPINION

Back apprentices who are the future of the sector

By Emma McClarkin, CEO, British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)

As National Apprenticeship Week 2024 draws to a close, we once again raise a glass to celebrate integral role of apprentices in the UK’s vibrant and dynamic hospitality industry.

Pubs need help: hospitality leaders have written to the Government (credit: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

BBPA members demand help ahead of Budget

By Gary Lloyd

Leaders of more than 80 of the UK’s pub companies and breweries – who are members of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) – have written to the Chancellor to demand action at next month’s Budget on VAT, business rates and beer duty.

Stop the rot: BBPA urges Gov to secure sector's future as 509 pubs shut in 2023 (Credit: Getty/	dmbaker)

More than 500 pubs closed in 2023

By Rebecca Weller

More than 500 pubs closed their doors for good last year, data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

What's in the news 25 August?

Review of the Week

'I don't feel represented'

By Ed Bedington

Top chef and pub and bistro operator Gary Usher calls for more passion from lobbyists, greater support for independent businesses, a reduction in VAT and talks about the challenges around recruitment in the MA's Review of the Week.

Big match: the Women's World Cup final is taking place in Sydney, Australia (credit: Getty/gradyreese)

Gov urged to allow early Sunday opening for World Cup final

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is among many in the industry to call on the Government to allow pubs to serve beer from 10am this Sunday so both pubs and customers can benefit from England reaching the Women’s World Cup final.

Opinions sought: trade bodies are backing a consultation on gambling (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Gov consultation on gaming machines in pubs welcomed

By Gary Lloyd

Pub trade bodies UKHospitality (UKH) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have welcomed a consultation by the Government that is seeking views on matters relating to gaming machines in pubs and other venues.

Unintended consequences: BBPA raises questions over MUP final report (Credit: Getty/Jack Andersen)

BBPA recommends scrutiny over MUP findings

By Rebecca Weller

Scotland’s alcohol minimum unit pricing initiative has shown “positive” results but leaves much to be “considered” before a decision on its continuation is made.

Public support is there: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin said the on-trade consistently contributes to the UK economy and needs help

BBPA calls for Gov action as sector boosts GDP figures

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for “meaningful action” to tackle fiscal headwinds as GDP figures released today (Wednesday 14 June) showed a 0.2% increase to the economy – buoyed by visits to pubs.

Spiralling costs: draught lager prices soar by 11% year-on-year (Credit: Getty/mikedabell)

Draught lager prices soar by 11%

By Rebecca Weller

The average cost of a pint of draught lager increased by 11% in the year to April 2023, figures from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Additional deterrent: now is not the time to introduce tourism tax (Credit: Getty ChrisHepburn)

Manchester tourism tax 'disappointing' for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Now is “not the time” to introduce tourism taxes and place “additional deterrents” on consumers, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Surge in prices: cost of a pint of draught beer sees 11.8% year-on-year increase (Credit: Getty/	DusanBartolovic)

Beer prices sky-rocket by 11.8%

By Rebecca Weller

The average cost of a pint of draught lager increased 11.8% in the year to February 2023, latest figures from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Poor practice: BBPA calls for urgent inquiring into

BBPA calls for inquiry into energy 'profiteering'

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on Chairs of the Treasury and Business Select Committees to conduct an urgent inquiry into reports of poor conduct from energy suppliers.

Disappointing news: energy support for businesses announcement delayed until 2023 (Credit: Getty/seanliew)

Energy support delay 'disappointing news'

By Rebecca Weller

The delay to an announcement on extended energy support for businesses is “disappointing” and leaves many facing “crippling” bills as well as an uncertain start to 2023, according to leaders from across the sector.

Losing money: Difficult times loom ahead for sector without further support (Getty/ Jonathan Kitchen)

Sector calls for energy bill relief scheme extension

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs and breweries will face major financial losses, make no profit and be forced to shut if the energy bill relief scheme is not extended beyond 31 March 2023, new research has shown.

Catastrophic impact: RMT announces further strike action to take place over festive period (Credit: Getty/coldsnowstorm)

Christmas rail strikes 'devastating'

By Rebecca Weller

Rail strikes over the festive period will be “catastrophic” for hospitality businesses more “reliant” than ever on Christmas trade to get through the first quarter of 2023, trade bodies from across the sector have said.

Amazing atmosphere: pubs have been pulling out all the stops in preparing for the FIFA 2022 World Cup  (Credit: Getty/Aksonov)

Pubs 'pulling out all the stops' for World Cup

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have been “pulling out all the stops” to accommodate as many fans as possible following the start of the FIFA 2022 World Cup tournament on Sunday 20 November.

Christmas bookings in decline: BBPA data reveals bookings for the festive season are down 20% across the on-trade (Credit: Getty/eli_asenova)

Christmas bookings see 20% decline

By Rebecca Weller

Christmas bookings across the on-trade have shown a 20% drop, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Important role: OFGEM to investigate harm caused by bad practice regarding non-domestic suppliers (Credit: Getty/J J D)

OFGEM to investigate 'harm' caused by energy costs

By Rebecca Weller

OFGEM’s investigations into reports on the pressure and “harm” caused by non-domestic contacts amid the on-going energy crisis are an “important part” of the regulator’s role, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Additional pressure: inflation hits highest level for more than 40-years with food prices making one of the biggest upwards contributions (Credit: Getty/	Ibrahim Akcengiz)

Inflation sees biggest increase in over 40-years

By Rebecca Weller

Record setting inflation figures will “undoubtedly cause anxiety” for businesses as keeping costs under control becomes “ever-more challenging”, according to leaders from across the sector.

Clarity and certainty: BBPA calls for relief ahead of Autumn Statement to help sector survive difficult winter (Credit: Getty/Shaun Taylor)

Pint becoming 'unaffordable luxury'

By Rebecca Weller

The cost-of-living crisis is leading consumers to see having a pint in their local pub as an “unaffordable luxury” the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Desperate need of relief: sector petitions Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to fulfil his previous commitments (Credit: Getty/mammuth)

Sunak urged to fulfil previous commitments

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs and brewers in “desperate need of relief” as leaders from across the sector urge newly appointed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to recognise the importance of pubs and breweries before it’s “too late”.

Extreme volatility: high gas prices could result in liquid CO2 and beer shortages according to ECIU (Credit: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Cost of liquid CO2 rises by almost 3,000%

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs and brewers are being forced to make “extremely tough decisions” as soaring gas prices could cost the UK’s food and drink sector an extra £1.7bn in liquid CO2 expenses, research from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has revealed.

Communicating difficulties: Metro Bank advises SMEs to tell customers why price increases have been implemented (Credit: Getty/ skynesher)

Honesty crucial amid cost-of-living crisis

By Rebecca Weller

Transparency is key for SMEs in navigating price increases as the cost-of-living crisis continues for both businesses and consumers, Metro Bank has stated.

Looming recession: pubs between rock and hard place as inflations exceeds 10% while consumer spending plummets (Credit: Getty/Charday Penn)

No sign of 'let up' as inflation exceeds 10%

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs are stuck between a “rock and a hard place” as inflation and energy costs has continued to soar while consumer spend and confidence plummets, according to trade bodies across the sector.

Cheering England to victory: BBPA predicts Women's UEFA final could generate £40m boost for the trade (Credit: Getty/jacoblund)

Euro final could see 10m pints sold in pubs

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted 10m pints could be sold this Sunday (31 July) during the UEFA Women’s Euro football finals as the Lionesses face Germany.

Celebrating partnership: BBPA and MPs celebrate pub partnership model (Pictured: MP Mike Wood with BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin / Credit: Gill Shaw)

BBPA celebrates partnership pub model

By Rebecca Weller

Publicans and MPs from across the country gathered in Parliament on Wednesday 20 July to celebrate the partnership pub model.

Sinking pints for summer: Brits urged to go to the pub

British holidaymakers urged to visit pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is urging Brits to visit pubs as part of their staycation this summer, with warm weather set to continue after this week’s heatwave.

Building back: BBPA urges new PM to support pubs and brewers (Getty/ Scott E Barbour)

New Prime Minister must support pubs, says BBPA

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Amidst the race to become the new Prime Minister, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has issued all Conservative candidates a manifesto setting out what action needs to be taken to help the industry.

Important relationship: 80% of licensees operating under a pub partnership praised advice given according to BBPA survey (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Publicans praise advice from pub companies

By Rebecca Weller

More than three quarters of licensees operating a partnered pub have praised the advice they receive form their pub company’s Business Development Managers (BDMs), new research conducted by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

Licensing Act 2003 post legislative scrutiny: review comes at

Licensing Act review comes at 'critical' time

By Rebecca Weller

A new House of Lords select committee follow up report on the Licensing Act 2003, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, has come at a “critical” time and, while things have improved, some areas of inconsistency have remained, according to trade bodies across the...

Sector held back by lack of investment incentive: Bank of England warns lenders should prepare for “deteriorated economic outlook” (Credit: Getty/Oleksandr Siedov)

Pubs held back by 'lack of incentives to invest'

By Rebecca Weller

The Bank of England has warned the global economic outlook has “deteriorated materially” and was “very uncertain” as part of its Financial Stability Report, published yesterday (Tuesday 5 July).

Further strike action: RMT officials issue contradicting statements regarding future strikes (Credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Avoidance of further rail strikes 'imperative' to sector's health

By Rebecca Weller

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has stated it will take “further effective strike action” if negotiations surrounding pay and job security cannot be settled, according to RMT general secretary Mick Lynch.

Critical situation: 74% of operators surveyed stated energy costs biggest contributor to ‘plummeting’ profitability (Credit: Getty/ Dimensions)

Profitability ‘plummets’ as operating costs soar

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality trade bodies have called on the Government to tackle inflationary headwinds and introduce a new tax and investment regime to get the industry back on track and recognise the contribution it could make to the economy.

Low levels of trade: city pubs hit hard as limited rail services provided over the weekend due to strikes (Credit: Getty/Dan Pratt)

City pubs see 50% decline in weekend sales following rail strikes

By Rebecca Weller

Weekend rail strikes saw hospitality sales “hugely affected”, particularly in London and Manchester, with some city pubs having reported a 50% decline in sales, according to S4labour and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Critical level: staff shortages impacting industry and economic recovery (Credit: Getty/South_agency)

Staff shortages damaging economic recovery

By Rebecca Weller

Staff shortages within the hospitality sector have caused almost half (45%) of operators to cut trading hours or capacity in order to cope, costing the industry £21bn in lost revenue, a joint survey by UKHospitality (UKH), the British Institute of Innkeeping...

Pulling pints: Beer sales rise yet sector still needs support (Getty/ agrobacter)

BEER DAY BRITAIN 2022

450m more pints sold in 2022 first quarter vs 2021

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Almost 450m more pints were sold in the first quarter of 2022 versus 2021 thanks to the ending of Covid restrictions in pubs, new data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) revealed ahead of Beer Day Britain today (15 June).

#OpenToAll: BBPA announces 13-point pledge encouraging pubs and breweries to commit to diversity and inclusion

BBPA launches diversity and inclusion pledge

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has developed a 13-point pledge, #OpenToAll, encouraging pub and brewing businesses to ensure commitment to diversity and inclusion at the heart of their operations.

Queen's Birthday Honours List 2022: Emma McClarkin and Jill Whittaker awarded OBEs

Hospitality leaders awarded OBEs

By Rebecca Weller

Leading figures within the hospitality sector have been awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today (Thursday 2 June).