In introducing its plans for a pubco statutory code the Government insisted self-regulation had failed. However, with legislation still a distant target how does this ‘discredited’ system fill the gap and will it still have a role to play alongside a...
Community pubs minister Brandon Lewis has said attempts to amend the pubco statutory code are inevitable but insisted the Government had made very clear its opposition to a mandatory free-of-tie option.
Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, talks about the reasoning behind the Government’s intervention in the pub sector, the consultation process, new policy and its proposed benefits.
Phil Mellows picks out 10 key issues that could help determine the fortunes of Britain’s pubs this year, including the proposed statutory code, turmoil at Punch Taverns and the impact of the recent storms on trade.
A former Government minister for pubs has urged Business Secretary Vince Cable to go further under the proposed statutory code of pub companies and give tenants the right to have a free-of-tie option combined with an open market rent review.