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1st November 2023

BBPA welcomes review conclusions on the Pubs Code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator

The British Beer are Pub Association welcomed yesterday’s report on the second statutory review of the Pubs Code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator, and its key finding that there is no need for any changes to the Code or how it is implemented.

The report also highlights the support given by Pub Owning Businesses to their pub partners during the pandemic, which included £360m of reduced rent and significant other cost reductions between April 2020 and March 2022.

Partners also remain supportive of the Code, with the most recent data finding the vast majority are satisfied with their partnership with their pub company.

Moreover, the value of our nation’s pubs goes far beyond their economic contribution, with the recent report ‘Inn-valuable’ from think tank Localis highlighting the vital work pubs do for their communities, often providing public services that would otherwise be missing from the community.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said:

“We’re glad to see the current partnership pub model and the support from POBs so roundly commended by the Government, especially the recognition of there being little evidence of unfair treatment across the sector. We look forward to working with Government on the next steps as outlined in the report.

“The partnership pub model is the backbone of the British pub sector. Its success is vital for the success of our sector, and the 1 million jobs it supports across the country. We look forward to continuing to work with Government to ensure the code works in the most optimal and cost-effective manner for pub owning businesses and their tenants going forwards.”

Pubs Minister Kevin Hollinrake said: 

“The Government recognises pubs as vital community assets that operate at the heart of our communities, providing jobs and contributing to local economies and our national prosperity.

“The results of the PCA’s 2023 Tied Tenant Survey, which, while out of scope of this review period, nonetheless confirms key findings of the PCA’s 2022 Survey, showing that most tied tenants are satisfied with their experiences and that the provisions introduced by the Code are generally useful.”


For more information or to arrange an interview contact Laurence Gill / 020 7627 9199

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


For more information or to arrange an interview contact Laurence Gill / 020 7627 9199

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