Beer victory for pub landlords.
LEISURE WEST Bromwich MP Adrian Bailey has hailed a Commons vote allowing pub tenants the right to opt out of beer ties to pub companies as 'a great day for democracy.' Mr Bailey, chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, said the move would give 13,000 pub tenants the right to buy beer on the open market.
The amendment to the small business, enterprise and employment bill means tenants no longer have to buy beer from pub companies, and can now seek a contract where they only pay rent on the property.
About a third of UK pubs are run on a tenant model, with the majority owned by Solihull-based Enterprise Inns and Staffordshire-based Punch Taverns.
Mr Bailey said: "This vote will allow 13,000 pub tenants tied to large pub companies to buy beer on the open market at competitive prices which they are prevented from doing so at present.
"It will help keep pubs open by allowing the landlord the opportunity to offer beer at a competitive price instead of being forced to sell the inflated prices dictated by the pub company.
"This is a great day for pub tenants in the Black Country and across the UK and for democracy."