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1st April 2014

Back of the net! – Pub trade delighted with World Cup extra hours

Welcoming today’s decision on extra hours for pubs for England’s World Cup games, Brigid Simmonds, British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive, said:


“It’s really great news, which will put pubs at the heart of a great national event. I am particularly pleased that the Government has really listened, and made sure that common sense prevailed, granting the full four hours after kick off for England games, as we had asked.”


“I’d like to thank the hundreds in the pub trade who responded, making our views loud and clear.”


The association, which has led efforts to secure extra hours for pubs since last autumn, says that the four-hour extension is needed, not just because there are group matches starting at 8pm, or later, but also to ensure a smooth dispersal from venues. 


For further information please contact:

David Wilson: Public Affairs Director Tel: 020 7627 9151

Neil Williams, Head of Media Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Manager (020) 7627 9154




Notes to editors:


The BBPA has also published guidance for pubs on ensuring a safe and secure World Cup.


The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.