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Consultation For Tied Pub Rents

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GMB Comments On Government Consultation On Fair Deal For Tied Pub Tenants On Rents

Tenants will hope that the intention of the consultation is to implement  principle of free market for wholesale drinks  and not to water it down says GMB .

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants,  commented on the new consultation on implementation of new legislation on market only option for tied pub tenants.  See notes to editors for copy of the Government press release dated 29th October.

Steve Kemp,  GMB lead officer, said "It is nearly a year since Parliament voted for legislation to give tied pub tenants a market only rent option with freedom to buy drinks wholesale on the open market.

GMB hope that the intention of the consultation is to implement that principle and not to water it down. GMB will study the proposals and members will respond to the BIS  request for views."


Contact: Steve Kemp on 07730 898102 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

 29 October 2015 11:29

copy of  BIS release


Plans to ensure large pub-owning businesses deal fairly with thousands of tied pub tenants have been announced by Business Minister Anna Soubry today.

The first of a two-part consultation on a new Pubs Code sets out how the "market rent only" option will work. It implements the principle that a tenant tied to a business owning 500 or more tied pubs should be no worse off than a free-of-tie tenant. Up to 13,000 tied tenants in England and Wales will be protected by the Code.

The second stage of the consultation, to be published soon, will cover the remaining elements of the Code.

Business Minister Anna Soubry said:

"Pubs are the lifeblood of so many of our towns, villages and high-streets, playing a vital role supporting our local economies. It's not right that some tied pub tenants are unfairly overcharged by their landlords and the Pubs Code will help ensure they get a fair deal.

"I'm looking forward to hearing from pub companies and tenants on these important proposals to put the industry on the strongest possible footing."

The Pubs Code will help ensure fair dealing for tied tenants while minimising as far as possible burdens on business. At the same time, the proposals will not reduce the current level of tenants' protections under the industry's voluntary code of practice.

During the consultation period the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is seeking views, particularly from pub-owning businesses, tied tenants and their representatives.

Notes to editors

  1.  The consultation is available here:

  2.  The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act requires the Pubs Code to be in place before the end of May 2016.

  3.  The Pubs Code Adjudicator, who will enforce the Code, is currently being recruited.

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