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18th June 2020

BII sends letter to Chancellor calling for urgent support to safeguard the future of our pubs

BII CEO, Steven Alton has sent a letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for clarity and ongoing financial support for pubs.

As the issue of distance is being discussed urgently, the BII wants to impress upon the Chancellor that whilst a reduction to 1m will help the fortunes of many pubs, it is just the start of the additional support that they will need going forwards.

“It is clear that with distancing measures in place at any level, the majority of pubs will be loss making and many will not open at all.

Pubs are so much more than small businesses. They have the capability to be at the heart of the longer term recovery of our economy. Beyond their economic contribution, they inclusively bring our communities together and are ready to proudly reconnect our society as we move forward together.”

Notes to the editor: 

About the British Institute of Innkeeping:

The BII is the leading independent licensee support organisation for individuals working in hospitality, with over 8,500 individual members running premises across the UK – predominantly tenanted, leased, managed and freehold pubs. The organisation provides integral helplines, online business support, and guidance on key industry issues, face-to-face networking opportunities and savings on a range of supply deals for its members.

For further information please contact: Molly Davis,