British Beer & Pub Association


Horse meat scandal is a threat and opportunity for pub trade

By Rob Willock

The temptation to write another leader about the machinations of the tenanted and leased pub sector was strong. Not least because the week started with the publication by the British Beer & Pub Association of version 6 of the industry framework code;...

Average price of a pint increases by 11p over the last year

Average price of a pint increases by 11p over the last year

By John Harrington

The average price of a pint of lager and bitter in the pub has increased 11p to £3.19 and £2.80 respectively this year, according to the British Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) Statistical Handbook 2012.


Time to unite and fight against the beer duty escalator

By Rob Willock

Back in 2000, I was the deputy editor on a publication for road haulage companies. We, our readers and our trade associations were united on one issue — opposition to the fuel-duty escalator, which, by then, was adding 6% above inflation each year to...

Findlay: we need cool heads to avoid risk of intervention

Back trade and we’ll all thrive

By Ralph Findlay

This is a critical time for our industry and the country’s economy. No less a person than the Governor of the Bank of England fears that the financial crisis is the worst the country has ever seen. Living standards are being squeezed to an extent not...

Daybreak's Kate Garraway at the Cottage in Upper Bucklebury

Bank holiday bonanza for pubs

By Ewan Turney

Pubs across the country received a welcome boost as the feel-good factor returned to Britain — thanks to Easter and the Royal Wedding.

Can you capture the perfect pub moment?

Picture the perfect pub

By Graham Ridout

A photographic competition that captures everything that is good about pubs has been launched by the British Beer & Pub Association. The...

BBPA's Brigid Simmonds: A beer tax freeze is vital

More than 100 MPs support beer tax curb

By The PMA Team

There is rapidly growing support in Parliament for urgent calls to freeze the tax on beer in the Budget next week. Over 100 MPs from all parties...

Pricing not up for discussion

Booze pricing not on talks agenda

By John Harrington

Alcohol pricing is not up for discussion in talks between the trade and Government to thrash out a "Responsibility Deal" with the industry, the MA...

BBPA: against the ad ban

Alcohol ad ban plan based on 'sand'

By Michelle Perrett

Fresh calls to restrict alcohol advertising are based on "sand rather than firm foundations", says the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)....

Barrels: a lost keg equivalent to 5,000 pints

Beating the barrel bandits

By Nigel Huddleston

The BBPA is determined to do something about the long-term problem of the theft of empty beer kegs, reports Nigel Huddleston.

Ward: celebrating the pub

British Pub Week: events programme unveiled

By John Harrington

Organisers of the national week-long celebration of pubs have unveiled suggested activities that pubs can stage each day — and revealed growing...

Mellows: expecting fewer people to visit the pub

A taxing time for beer drinkers

By Phil Mellows

The widening gap between the duty on beer and wine and spirits is taking more money from lower earners, says Phil Mellows.

Laurel & Hardy act: pub trade is not laughing at Brown and Darling


By Ewan Turney & John Harrington

Pubs will be forced to add 8.2p to a pint of beer, and 10p to cider, after Wednesday's bombshell Budget. That's according to industry estimates...

I'm backing the pub: calling for duty escalator to be scrapped

Majority of Brits against beer duty hikes

By Ewan Turney

Two-thirds of the British public want the Government to ditch its controversial beer tax escalator in Wednesday's Budget. The poll, conducted by...

Findlay: leading calls for beer duty freeze

Pub industry calls for beer tax freeze

By Gemma McKenna

Top pubco and brewery bosses have called for changes to beer tax — including a freeze on beer duty — in a letter to the Times newspaper. The...

Summer spending: lighter nights will keep tills ringing

Put the clocks forward to help pubs

By John Harrington

The British Beer & Pub Association is backing calls to change the time zones to create lighter evenings and boost trade.