Government works with a few organisations who represent parts of the industry but rarely the actual people who run the outlets.
There are huge lobbying resources working on behalf of brewers, pub-owning businesses, restaurant chains, nightclubs and even the consumers and communities, but there are only a handful of resources which are spread out over various organisations, that represent the individual publicans and operators.
That is why we struggle to get our voices heard, it’s why the government makes so many mistakes in its approach to the trade and it’s why big business can manipulate the sector to its advantage creating an unfair playing field.
The Forum of Private Business has spent over 40 years representing small businesses throughout the UK and are one of the few organisations that government and regulators engage with and listen to regularly. So, with a growing number of hospitality members and the need for a united voice, we decided to launch the Forum of British Pubs, to truly represent publicans and really make a difference, but it only works if you the individual operator gets behind us.
With a few hundred supporters of our Protect Your Pub campaign we are easy to ignore and become just another voice in the crowd, but with 10,000 supporters we cannot be ignored and must be engaged with!
It’s completely free to become a supporter, it’s very easy to do and will take you less than 30 seconds. Just use the form at the top of this page or visit our Protect Your Pub page and enter your name, email and pub details.
That’s it, it’s completely free and you join a community who can make sure your views and voice are heard where it matters!
You can find out more about our work on our website, but to summarise we can save any small business time and money.
We provide helplines for general business and legal advice, industry expert consultancy, business templates, information guides, online training, and work with our members on issues such as Market Rent Only applications, dilapidations, rent reviews and contract issues, all for less than £5 a week.
We currently do all of this for our paid members, but we could do more in the future with a larger membership and increased revenues. We are a not-for-profit organisation so all the money we make goes straight back into helping and supporting our members with better services, tools, and products.
We have big aspirations for the business in the future and with a significant increase in membership we could offer so much more. In many instances, our members reach a stage where their issue cannot be resolved with their pub company and the only option is to take legal action, but as an individual businessperson they cannot afford to pursue it and the pub company which has deep pockets, can, which is something they rely on.
With more members and more income, we could provide the resources to take on the larger organisations and could pay the legal costs to take on individual cases the decisions from which can benefit the whole sector.
We could pay our own surveyors to look at valuations across the pub sector, we could challenge the PCA to take meaningful action, we could hold pub companies and code compliance officers to account and really work hard for our supporters and members. We could also run more events, more on-line training and hold an annual conference for the membership.
We know times are hard at the minute. Whilst we are looking ahead to the progression of the business, many of you do not know what the future holds for yours. But if your business needs support or you need advice, please do consider becoming a member, now or in the future.
Until then, please support us for FREE in our campaigning for fair treatment of tenants and help our united voice get heard and positive changes made.
Please take the following steps:
- Take 30 seconds and sign up as a supporter. Either use the form at the top of this page or go to our Protect Your Pub page.
- When you have a little time have a look around the rest of our site and see what we can do for you and your business.
- If you like what you see please join us as a member, use our services and get involved in what we do!