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12th April 2024

SBPA reacts to Scottish Pubs Code

In response to today’s announcement on the implementation of the Scottish Pubs Code, an SBPA Spokesperson said:

“It’s a major disappointment for the sector. The code is seeking to fix a problem that doesn’t exist and will come with added costs and complexity at an extremely challenging economic time for Scotland’s pubs. The prospect of a code has already stifled investment into the leased and tenanted sector north of the border and unfortunately this news is unlikely to reverse that. In 2023, pubs in Scotland closed at twice the rate of England, the sector – which supports around 45,000 jobs – needs positive action from Government, not further unwanted, unevidenced and unwarranted interventions.

“We will work proactively with the Scottish Government to minimise the negative impacts and deliver a workable code, however this will not be welcomed by the majority of pub owners, tenants and customers.”


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