The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is hosting the inaugural Leased and Tenanted (L&T) Pub Showcase at the Houses of Commons on Wednesday 3 November. The showcase gives MPs from across the UK the opportunity to meet publicans from their constituencies, learn more about the L&T model and discover how it places pubs at the heart of their local community.
The Covid pandemic has been a challenging time for the industry, but the L&T model has ensured thousands of pubs have the best chance possible to bounce back strongly following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.
L&T pubs have received an average of £27,000 each in support from pub operating businesses. This support comes in the form of reduced or waived rent, as well as help with re-opening costs, refunds for spoilt beer and staff PPE. The BBPA say that publicans have received a fraction of this support from commercial landlords, with many receiving no rent waiver or discount at all.
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The last year has shown just how important the leased and tenanted model is in ensuring Britain’s unique pubs survive and thrive.
“The Government is consulting on commercial landlords who have not supported tenants in their buildings. Any measures bought about from the consultation must not cut across the leased and tenanted pub model and undermine the successful collaboration between pub tenant and operator, which has only strengthened since the crisis.”
“It is thanks to the leased and tenanted model that many pubs have been able to successfully reopen and look after their customers and community.”
MPs are invited to drop-in to the L&T Pub Showcase in the Terrace Pavilion, between 12:30 and 2:45pm on 3 November. They will meet with industry representatives from companies including Admiral, Greene King, Marston’s, Pub is the Hub, Punch, Shepherd Neame, Star Pubs, Stonegate Group, Thwaites and Wells and Co.. They will also have the opportunity to meet operators from their constituencies and communities across the UK.