The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to abolish the beer tie in order to save Britain's pubs.
A new FSB report has found that one in eight tied pubs is struggling to survive and paying up to 50% more for beer compared to untied pub owners, forcing them to pass these inflated charges to the customer.
The report of 227 FSB publican members also found that 73% would support a complete removal of the tie and nearly 80% said that transparency in rent reviews is an issue.
The report makes three clear demands: abolish the tie where it doesn't give tenants the opportunity to make a fair profit; create an independent ombudsmen to support and advise tenants in conflict with their Pubco; and enforce fully transparent rent reviews through a statutory code.
"Tenanted pubs are not being given a fair deal from the Pubcos that own them: nearly one in six say they do not receive enough business support and a further seven out of 10 are left to their own devices once the contract has been signed," said Davenport, adding: "Without urgent action, we could see the pubs at the heart of our communities disappear forever."
By Emma White
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