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1st June 2020


The BII, the leading independent membership organisation for licensees and individuals working in the licensed trade, has announced that it is conducting a follow up survey of its 9000 strong membership.

The previous survey from 4 weeks ago was fed directly back to the team in Government who are now leading the Pub & Restaurant Taskforce. As a part of this Taskforce, the BII will ensure that their members’ updated feedback is also provided to this key team as they work on the reopening requirements for pubs.

BII CEO, Steven Alton said:

“We represent a wide range of individuals whose livelihoods are currently hanging in the balance. Along with our continued pressure on Government to ensure the wider packages of support for pubs are made available, we have the opportunity to represent our member’s concerns surrounding the viability of reopening during this pandemic.

It is essential that their voices are heard and that we reflect the huge differences in the challenges faced from one pub to another. Many are desperate to reopen and start back on the road to recovery, whilst others feel that with current social distancing measures in place, bringing their businesses out of hibernation could lead to business failure.

Our members hugely value the sharing of best practice and innovation that is at the heart of the BII. This survey will also allow us to collate our members’ ideas surrounding the safe reopening of their businesses particularly with restoring consumer confidence in mind.”

About the British Institute of Innkeeping:

The BII is the leading independent licensee support organisation for individuals working in hospitality, with over 9,000 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. It is the only organisation of its kind to represent the individuals working at the front line of licensed retail.

For further information please contact:

Molly Davis, Head of Communications