“CAMRA are right, pubs play a vital role in communities across the country” says Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has today backed a CAMRA study into the vital role of pubs in communities.

Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said: “It is clear that a viable and successful pub supports local communities as a central hub. It is therefore hugely concerning that the Government has done little to tackle the excesses of large Pub owning companies who have, in many cases treated, what is a vital part of our heritage and culture, as nothing more than a profitable asset to be squeezed and then sold when it has served its use. 

“Whilst the Forum agrees that Beer Duty in the UK is higher than the rest of Europe, evidence shows that reductions in duty have had little impact on prices at the pump as the large Pub owning businesses simply avoid passing this on to the operator and, by extension, the consumer. 

“Therefore, whilst we support CAMRAs continued campaign to address beer duty, until the greed within the industry is addressed, it will have little impact on the closure rate of pubs.”


Notes to editors:

The attached graphic demonstrates how, despite the freeze and reduction of beer duty since 2012, wholesale prices have continued to increase to the Publican and the consumer.

For more information on today’s CAMRA study visit https://news.sky.com/story/people-who-have-a-pub-in-their-area-are-happier-study-finds-11779808

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.

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