ALMR and BBPA put pressure on government over business rates ahead of Budget

Posted in Licensing | March 06, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

The Association of Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) are putting increasing pressure on the government ahead of the Budget on 8 March to offer business rates relief to pubs, bars and restaurants facing 'crippling' rates.

The changes in business rate due next month have sparked much criticism from businesses in the hospitality industry concerned over hefty proposed rises.

Speaking last week, chief executive of the ALMR Kate Nicholls said: “We have been meeting and engaging with senior MPs from both parties and we are buoyed by the enthusiasm being shown; our campaign has steadily gained momentum and coverage. We have a little over a week until the Budget Statement and we are confident that the message we have been pushing is getting through at the highest levels. We need a concerted effort from the sector to make sure that our efforts are capitalised one and that hardworking pubs, bars and restaurants are afforded the support they deserve.”

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Pubs pay 2.8% of the entire business rates bill, yet generate only 0.5% of business turnover. This is an unfair situation that needs to be addressed by a fundamental review. In the meantime, targeted relief for the pub sector would help more pubs to deal with this burden in the short term. I hope the Government will take this on board in the Budget on 8 March.”

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