July 13th, 2016
The British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed the swift move by the Conservatives to install Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister.
BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “It is good to see that the process to find a new Prime Minister has been completed quickly, and this will help ease some uncertainty amongst business. We look forward to working with Theresa May and her new Government.
“The forthcoming Brexit negotiations still present considerable concerns, to both business and consumer confidence.
“It is vital that, in the short term, Government looks at some of the regulatory costs already in the pipeline; from the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage, through to business rates revaluation, the Apprenticeship Levy and auto-enrolment of pensions for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.
“In the longer term, balancing free movement and free trade is not going to be easy, and we need to ensure that the competitive position of beer and pubs in Britain is protected throughout negotiations.”
She added: “The BBPA will be liaising with new members of the Cabinet in the coming weeks to set out our position, and to ensure they are aware of the vital role our industry plays in the British economy”.