Backing local breweries and pubs

The Herald and Post have reported on my contribution to the debate in Parliament this week on Pubcos.

THE MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire has backed the county’s breweries and pubs during a debate in Parliament.

The debate on Tuesday was led by the Labour Party which called for a statutory code to guide and regulate the relationship between large pub companies (Pubcos) – the branded chains of pubs which account for the majority of pubs in the UK – and their tenants and licensees and for tenants to be allowed to choose between a tied and non-tied options, to ensure fair and open business opportunities for tenants and small brewers.

Labour MP Mr Sawford, who was elected in November, said: “In Corby and East Northamptonshire we have excellent local breweries like Nene Valley brewery, the Great Oakley brewery, Rockingham Ales.

“They would benefit from being able to sell to all the pubs in my area. Indeed, everybody would benefit from this: the pubs, the consumers, the local brewers, the local economy, the environment – because it would reduce beer miles – and tourism.

“I have visited lots of the pubs across Corby and East Northamptonshire and I know that many are struggling, and some face closure.

“For the tied pubs, one of the big problems is that the big pub companies are ripping them off. In the past, if a pub owner was tied, he paid more for the beer but had the benefit of discounted rent. As we know, these days Pubcos have increasingly put up both rent and beer prices.

“I want to see greater support for local pubs and a tie-free option that will give landlords greater freedom to source their beer from wherever they want, especially from Corby and East Northamptonshire’s growing number of local brewers.”image

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