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British Pub Confederation established to provide strong voice for pubs and publicans

The British Pub Confederation – a new national confederation of pub organisations – has been established to provide a strong voice for Britain’s pubs and publicans.

The confederation will bring together organisations that represent licensees, pub supporters and customers following the successful Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and replaces the previous Independent Pub Confederation, which was established in 2009 to give a stronger voice to non-corporate interests in the pub sector.

It aims to ensure pubs, publicans and pub supporters have a powerful unified voice in campaigning and lobbying the government on key pub related issues. 12 organisations are the founding members of the British Pub Confederation: the Fair Pint Campaign, Licensees Supporting Licensees, Justice for Licensees, Punch Tenant Network, Forum of Private Business, Federation of Small Businesses, Pubs Advisory Service, Licensees Unite the Union, GMB, Guild of Master Victuallers, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group. The British Pub Confederation is co-ordinated and governed by a steering group and each member organisation can appoint two people to it.

The steering group can also appoint non-affiliated members. Parliamentary Save the Pub Group chairman Greg Mulholland MP has been appointed as chairman of the confederation while Clive Davenport of the Federation of Small Businesses has been named vice-chairman. It intends to work closely with partner organisations in the sector, such as the Campaign for Real Ale, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, the Society of Independent Brewers and Hospitality Ulster.

Mulholland said: “I am delighted that these leading pub organisations have come together to form a powerful confederation to ensure that pubs and publicans have a strength and unified voice when speaking to government and countering self-interested lobbying of vested corporate interests in the pub sector when needed as well as working with any organisations where there is a shared agenda that is clearly pro-pub.”



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