GMB Urge Tied Pub Tenants To Attend London, Liverpool, York, Leicester And Exeter Meetings To Take Advantage Of New Law Ending Pub Tie
Tied tenants and brewers should engage with the leaders who led the campaign for the new law to understand how they can benefit and secure pubs for local communities says GMB
GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, is urging tenant to attend briefings by The Pubs Advisory Service in London, Liverpool, York, Leicester and Exeter in June at which the change in the law which provided replacing the tie with a Market Rent Only (MRO) option will be explained to licensees, brewers and other interested parties.
The purpose of the briefings is to explain how the new law market rent only option is likely to work for tied tenants and how they can take best advantage of it. The events will be will be hosted by the MRO Advisory team: Chris Wright, Simon Clarke and Dave Mountford. They played a leading role in the long campaign to secure this change in the law.
The details of the events are as follows:
· London 1st June @ The Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square N1 6NU (10.30am for 11am start)
· York 8th June @ Volunteers Arms, 5 Watson Street, York, YO24 4BH (10.30am for 11am start)
· Liverpool 9th June @ Fly in the Loaf, Hardman Street, Liverpool, L1 9AS (2.30pm for 3pm start)
· Exeter 17th June @ Oddfellows Bar, 60 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP (2.30pm for 3pm start)
· Leicester 24th June @ Firebug, 1 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN (10.30am for 11am start)
The briefing events will cover :
1. The history of MRO – how it came about.
2. MRO today – how the current legislation is being structured – the Pub Code, the role of the adjudicator and the legal position.
3. MRO and beyond – how tenants can get the most from MRO as it comes into force
Paul Maloney, GMB Regional Secretary, said “GMB played a leading role in securing this change in the law and we are proud of all our activists who led the campaign on behalf of our tied tenant members.
We now need to enable pub tenants to take advantage of MRO. It is a simple, cheap to administer and market based solution that at certain trigger points will give licensees the choice as to whether to pay a fair rent only or stick with a tied agreement.
This choice will force the large pub companies to ensure that their tied agreements – where tenants pay marked up prices for beer and other products and services - are competitive, fair and attractive to tenants.
GMB urge tied tenants and brewers to attend these meetings to engage with the leaders who led the campaign to understand how they can benefit and secure local pubs for their communities.”.
Dave Mountford, said “We felt it was vital that stakeholders in the trade have a role in formulating the legislation now the campaigning was over – An MRO Advisory Service (MROAS) under the Pubs Advisory Service seemed to be the perfect vehicle.
As we are going to be right on top of the unfolding legislation, the MROAS can provide tenants and brewers with immediate and up to date information, context and feedback.
Additionally as first groups of tenants start to go through the MRO process or get presented with details from their various pub companies we can relay their experiences directly to BIS officials so that the process can be properly reviewed”
Chris Wright, who set up PAS following recommendations from the Government and is the PAS team leader, said “ MRO is the biggest event to hit the trade since the beer orders, there is growing interest and excitement from right across the trade as people realise there is going to be a new “tool” in the box. Granted the situation is still very fluid and the ink hasn’t dried on how to wield it but there is no better time to step up and look to maximise the business opportunity.
This industry is famed for collaboration and likewise we are looking to join up with as many tenants, brewers and trade associations in shaping the future success of the trade.”
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 651 3351 or Dave Mountford on 07792 198 954 or GMB press office 07921 289880.