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2nd May 2023

Make easements permanent to allow businesses to invest and grow, says BBPA in response to Government consultation

The BBPA has today submitted a response to the Home Office’s consultation on regulatory easements; measures that were introduced during the pandemic to allow businesses more freedom in the way they trade so they could continue during COVID. The consultation follows the extension of the easements in 2021 and 2022.

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

“We support these easements becoming permanent to help our pubs continue to serve their communities in a way that suits both business and consumer.

“The measures have allowed our pubs to innovate, diversify and offer more to their customers, from offering takeaway options to hosting events and activities, and after years of lockdowns and an ongoing economic pressure this can provide a much-needed positive boost for the sector.

“Previous extensions suggest the Government has seen the benefits to business, and with over two years with little to no issue, we hope they will once again recognise the added value they bring to our sector by making them permanent with no additional cost, helping our industry to invest and grow.”


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


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