The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG)’s new chairman Graham Evans MP has announced a partnership with the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).
The partnership will ensure that APPBG MPs will be kept in the loop regarding challenges and issues facing individual licensees across the UK.
All APPBG MPs will receive the BII’s weekly newsletter and the quarterly BII news magazine. These publications will provide information, advice and updates on issues affecting the pub industry and the members of the BII.
They will also be invited to attend BII events.
Evans said: “Pubs play a vital role within their communities, and as small businesses deserve the full support of the Beer Group and its members, so we are absolutely delighted to be joining the BII. We recognise the hugely valuable work the BII does in supporting individual licensees across the UK, helping them to grow their businesses, to employ more local people and improve services for their communities.
“I know a number of my fellow Beer Group MPs who have already used the BII for advice in the past when tackling issues on behalf of their constituents and this initiative will certainly enable more of them to access the BII for support and also hear direct from licensees in their constituencies about the challenges they face.”
The BII is an organisation for individuals working in the licensed retail sector, it has over 8,000 members nationwide. BII members provides members with free helplines, online business support, guidance on key industry issues, face-to-face networking opportunities and savings on a range of supply deals.
Mike Clist, CEO of the BII, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to welcome the MP members of the Beer Group into the BII family, at a time when support and understanding from Westminster is so crucial for the future of our member’s businesses. I hope that by including these MPs in our network they can gain a greater understanding of the challenges and issues small licensed retail businesses face every day, and can also get in touch with licensees in their area to fully understand the local issues within their own constituencies so that when Parliament debates relevant regulatory changes they have the insight they need to represent those directly affected by it.”