Kate Nicholls, chief executive of ALMR, said the association had been at the forefront of campaigns to reform business rates. She welcomed the action taken by the government to cut business rates, which was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in last month’s budget. ALMR estimates the move will save £600 on average per pub
Commenting on the Government’s response to the pubs code consultation, Ms Nicholls said:
“The uncertainty surrounding the details of the code has had a major impact on investment and planning across the sector. Businesses need stability and certainty in order to function effectively and this lack of security and concern over the particulars of the code has not made life easier for licensees. The publication of the code finally brings a much needed sense of clarity that should give licensees the stability they need to move forward.
“The ALMR’s primary focus now will be ensuring that operators understand the new requirements, know what to expect from their pub company and are aware of what is expected of them. We will be working to provide guidance to ensure that licensees are equipped to enter into commercial agreements and that problems are avoided before they have a chance to develop. We will be working closely with the BII to develop a detailed Q&A about the code and providing seminars for lessees to help them understand their obligations and plan accordingly.
“As a sector we need to work collectively on establishing and promoting appropriate entry training for lessees and facilitate access to existing methods of dispute resolution that are open to businesses. This needs to be done rapidly to ensure that lessees can hit the ground running on 26 May.”