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30th November 2022

An open letter to negotiating parties of the rail dispute from representatives of towns, cities, and hospitality businesses

With just two weeks to go until the first planned December rail strike the British Beer and Pub Association, British Institute of Innkeeping, Night Time Industries Association, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and the Association of Town and City Management have today written an open letter to the negotiating parties in the rail dispute (attached) stressing the urgent need for a resolution.

Regarding the letter and the ongoing disputes Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“The weeks leading up to Christmas are the busiest of the year for pubs, and they were looking forward to trading normally for the first time in three years, but news of these strikes have dealt a serious blow in an already critically difficult economic climate. Every day we go without a resolution is another day of damage to the industry, with cancellations being made and Christmas parties called off. Our industry desperately needs a boost this Christmas and so we are urging all parties to find an urgent resolution to rescue this festive season from ruin for our pubs.”


For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199

Notes to editors: 

About the British Beer & Pub Association
The BBPA represents UK companies which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs.

Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.

  • The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs
  • The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year


Here is a copy of the letter.

Press release from the BBPA.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199 .