Pubco Reform – Campaign Win!
CAMRA research found that large Pub Companies (Pubco) have been making huge excess profits at the expense of pub-goers by forcing licensees to buy their beer only from them rather than on the open market. This has led to licensees paying at least 50% more for beer and often paying above market value for rents.
CAMRA launched a campaign to stop these unfair business practices which have resulted in higher prices for pub goers, lower investment in the sector and ultimately a higher rate of pub closures. After ten years of campaigning for reform these changes have now become law. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has secured Royal Assent and includes key reforms that will ensure that thousands of licensees are protected from unfair practices in the industry. These include:
- A Statutory Code and Independent Adjudicator to ensure licensees are treated fairly and crack down on cases of inflated rents and excessive beer prices
- A Market Rent Only Option so that licensees tied to the large pub companies can buy their beer on the open market
How we made history
It was with the help of thousands of CAMRA supporters that we have been able to persuade the Government to change the law and protect 13,000 licensees across England from unfair business practices:
- Members sent 14,000 e-mails to MPs to vote in favour of reform
- 45,000 CAMRA members and pub-goers signed the ‘Pubco Reform' petition, which was presented in person to Business Secretary Vince Cable
- Over 100 campaigners, pub-goers and licensees gathered outside Parliament to lobby MPs
- 212 MPs signed EDM 57 on ‘Fair Deal for your local' or publically pledged their support
- 40 MPs attended the photo call ahead of the vote
- 100 MPs and Peers attended the Parliamentary Reception
- Coverage in key nationals including The Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, the Scotsman, BBC and Radio 4 Today Programme as well as hundreds of local and regional newspaper and radio mentions
- Government rebels voted in favour of reform including 25 Lib Dem and 18 Conservatives rebels