Executive Brigid Simmonds

Article 50: Industry groups raise concerns about beer exports and the rights of EU hospitably workers

Article 50 trigger date prompts calls to ‘protect pubs’

By Georgina Townshend

Concerns about the future of beer exports and the rights of EU nationals working in pubs have been restated by industry groups after the Prime Minister announced she would trigger Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March.

Support: CAMRA's Ray Turpie, BBPA's Brigid Simmonds, MP Graham Evans and SIBA's Neil Walker

71 MPs sign pledge to cut beer tax

By Nikkie Sutton

MPs and pub industry leaders have signed a "pint of pledges" calling for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to support the brewing and pub trade by cutting beer duty.

Airport drinking: under review


Could this be the end of airport boozing?

By Oli Gross

The sale of alcohol in airports is to be examined by the new aviation minister in a drive to prevent booze-related incidents on flights.

Smallest decline in pub beer sales since 2002

Beer Barometer

Smallest decline in pub beer sales since 2002

By Oli Gross

Beer sales in the on-trade are almost steady after Q1 saw the slowest decline since 2002, according to the latest Beer Barometer sales data from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Pubs Code: Call for draft to be scrapped


Pubs Code: Call for draft to be scrapped

By Oli Gross

Despite the Government’s U-turn on removing Parallel Rent Assessments from the pubs code, campaign groups are demanding the draft is scrapped and rewritten before consultation can begin as it faces conflicting criticisms.

Off-trade sales rose by 1.5% but on-trade fell by 2.4%


BBPA data: On-trade beer sales fall 2.4%

By M&C Report

The off-trade drove cautious growth in the beer sector with total sales at the end of Q1 up 1.5% year-on-year over the 12 month period.

The BBPA is urging pubs to respond to requests for information

Pubs warned over business rates info request

By Mike Berry

Licensees have been urged to respond quickly to requests for information from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) about their pub’s trading performance, if they want to avoid fines and unnecessary red tape.

It was feared that if Blackpool introduced the measure it would give other local authorities the green light

Blackpool Council agrees to EMRO rejection

By Ellie Bothwell

Blackpool Council has endorsed the licensing committee’s recommendation to reject an early morning restriction order (EMRO), which would have banned the sale of alcohol after 3am within the town centre.

'Year of opportunity ahead,' says Simmonds

BBPA: Pubs must capitalise on 'year of celebration'

By Adam Pescod

Britain’s pubs must capitalise on the huge year of celebration in 2012 – without over-zealous councils and regulations getting in the way, said BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds today.

On the case: chairman Baker offering fast bookings

Pubwatch’s early tickets

By Michelle Perrett

National Pubwatch is offering an early-bird discount to anyone wanting to attend its annual conference.

Sayles: fascinated listener to Radio 4 Show

Who does Brigid Simmonds remind you of?

By Robert Sayles

Like many of you I listened to Peter White’s interview with British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds on the Radio 4 programme You and Yours.

Scotland: SNP wants a minimum price on alcohol

BBPA warning on Scots tax plans

By John Harrington, M&C Report

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds has urged the Scottish National Party to reconsider its policies towards alcohol tax.

Crucial meeting on alcohol code set for tomorrow

BBPA urges Peers to ditch alcohol code

By Ewan Turney

Peers have been warned the mandatory code on alcohol retailing is "ill-conceived" and will result in further bureaucracy and costs. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds has written to all Peers ahead of a crucial meeting tomorrow.

Pubs face gaming machine cost hike

Pubs face gaming machine cost hike

By John Harrington

Pubs would face massive hikes in costs to operate gaming machines under new Government plans. A pub with three machines would see initial fees rocket...