Get involved in our efforts to #cutbeertax!


Social media graphics and animations to support this year’s #cutbeertax campaign for Budget 2017 are now available for all to use.

Each message has an accompanying shareable static image, and in some cases short animations that can be accessed by clicking the “download creative” button on each slide. The BBPA has also set up a dedicated DropBox folder where various versions for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram can be downloaded directly.

The slides are divided into a series of groups; key messages, pubs, beer duty, and are designed to make the content as easily accessible as possible.

The social media assets can be viewed and downloaded here.
For more information on why we are campaigning to cut beer tax, please click here.
To view the dedicated #cutbeertax website, please click here.

Mark Baird hosts first official engagement as new SBPA president


The Scottish Beer & Pub Association’s new President, Diageo’s Mark Baird – who succeeded HEINEKEN’s David Paterson – has held his first official engagement in the role.

The evening saw the SBPA and joint-host, Gordon MacDonald MSP welcome Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), their staff, journalists and industry stakeholders to the Kilderkin pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, to celebrate beer and pubs in the country, at the packed-out event.

In his speech, Mark highlighted the importance of the industry, not only to Scotland’s economy but also to its heritage, culture and identity. He repeated SBPA calls for greater support for the industry, highlighting the recent record investment by SBPA members in their operations in Scotland. 

New SBPA President Mark Baird comments:

“I am delighted to be taking on this role and this was a fantastic event to kick it off. Scotland faces many policy challenges and our sector plays a central role in the Scottish economy, with almost 60,000 Scottish jobs reliant on beer and pubs. Our challenge is to ensure that the priorities of Scottish brewing and pubs remain at the top of the policy agenda.

“The event last week at Kilderkin did exactly that, allowing our members a chance to directly communicate with MSPs in a relaxed environment, while also serving as a networking event. Holding the event outside the Scottish Parliament campus and in a pub also allowed us to showcase the industry at its best, and served as a literal example of the investment by the industry.

“It’s also important to note the huge contribution that former President David Paterson has made over the last two years. In that time, the industry and association has gone through immeasurable changes. David’s leadership has been a key driver in getting the association and industry into the position it is today.”

Former SBPA President David Paterson comments:

“Mark is already well known to stakeholders across the on and off trade and brings a great deal of expertise to the role of President.  It’s been a real pleasure working with him over the past few years and I know that he has a strong agenda going forward to showcase the positive impact of beer and pubs across Scotland.  He will play an important role in bringing all those with an interest in our great industry together to focus on the real issues during these uncertain times.  I congratulate Mark and we all very much look forward to working with him as our new SBPA President.”

MP launches campaign to find ‘greatest moments from the local community’ in Earl of Zetland pub

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The Earl Of Zetland, Grangemouth

Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Martyn Day launched a Grangemouth pub’s initiative to capture the greatest moments from the local community last Saturday (16th July).

The Earl of Zetland, has been proving its commitment to developing as an asset for locals ever since Hawthorn Leisure took over in April. Twenty-six jobs were saved with the acquisition and the company has continued to invest in its future.

© Chris Watt/ UNP 0845 600 7737 The Earl Of Zetland, Grangemouth

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The Earl Of Zetland, Grangemouth

In a nod to community, the pub has now dedicated an area for images of precious moments from Grangemouth’s people’s lives. The idea was the brainchild of manager Shelley Davis whose inspiration came from customers’ nostalgic memories of times when the Earl of Zetland was a church.

Mr Day, a member of the All Parliamentary Beer Group, was the first to ‘hook up’ a photograph. A supporter of community pubs, he said: “Aside from the obvious pleasures pubs bring, they are a huge contributor to both the local economy and society so it was a privilege for me to get involved in supporting this initiative.”

Shelley, who also managed the pub when it belonged to Wetherspoon, added: “It’s great to now be able to have individuality and adapt to customer demand. We’ve continued to tweak our offer, redecorated, installed a music system to add to the atmosphere and employed more kitchen staff.

“We’ve added eight Scottish dishes to the menu including Scotch Pie; Haggis Tatties and Neeps; and Highland Burger. Scottish liqueurs including Caorun and White and Mackay are the perfect compliment to beers from local breweries.

“Our promotions change regularly – buy one get a second meal for £1 on Thursday Curries and Sunday lunch; and free coffee with breakfast our latest offers. It’s now about making the Earl central to local lives, of which the photographs are just the start.”

Already, the pub has announced its intention to support a local charity this year and is spending time with local councilor David Balfour to visit worthy causes before putting the decision in locals’ hands. Meanwhile the pub’s community board is proving to be a popular resource for local groups.

Scottish Beer & Pub Association launches new voluntary code for tied pubs

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The Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) has today welcomed a new Code of Practice for tied tenants in Scotland, enshrining protections for pubs across the country, which will come into effect at the same time as the English & Welsh Statutory Code. The Scottish code will serve as a binding code of practice for pub-owning businesses, with protections for tied pub tenants and continued access to low-cost dispute resolution procedures.  

Commenting, SBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: 

“This Code is a landmark for Scottish tied pubs, setting out protections for tenants, and is the first designed specifically for Scotland.

“The pub sector in Scotland is hugely different to the rest of the UK. What works for pubs in England and Wales doesn’t necessarily suit the industry in Scotland.

“This code takes into account the unique nature of the Scottish tied pub trade, providing the best balance of what works for  pubs in Scotland, whilst also protecting much needed investment in both the pub sector and local economies across the country.

“The Code also allows Scottish tenants access to independent, low-cost resolution procedures for rent, through PIRRS, and for other issues through PICA-Service, both of which have Scottish-specific expert representation.

“The tied pub sector, whilst only making up a small percentage of Scottish pubs, is a fantastic opportunity for self-employed entrepreneurs to get a low cost means of entry into business ownership. The industry also serves as a major employer of the nation’s young people, offering lifelong career opportunities in a vibrant sector that is vital to Scotland’s larger economy.

“At a time of immense pressure on small businesses, this new Code, alongside continued support from the Scottish Government through schemes such as the Small Business Bonus Scheme and measures to alleviate the unfair tax burden on pubs, can continue to promote investment in the industry and local economies across the country.

“The announcement of this Code is a further sign of the industry’s determination to work alongside a range of stakeholders through self-regulation, in order to continue to promote a healthy pub sector that is vital to Scotland. The Code ensures this will be done in a responsible, joined-up way, supported by significant capital investment across the country.”

The code is available here: Code of Practice Scotland