Pubs should be at the centre of British retail – BBPA

27 June 2011
Pubs should be at the centre of British retail – BBPA

Pubs should be placed at the centre of a revival of the British high street.

That's the view of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) which has made a submission to a new Government review on retail being conducted by Mary Portas.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: "Pubs have a vital role to play in a vibrant high street. They are vital to tourism and hospitality, and often occupy historic buildings or have taken over retail sites that could otherwise have turned into eyesores.

"Pubs also have a great track record of adapting to meet customers' needs - look at the huge growth in pub food, the great value to be had, and also the way pubs are investing in state-of-the-art coffee machines.

"It is important that pubs are seen to be at the heart of this review."

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By Neil Gerrard

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