22 January 2009
The Fair Pint Campaign has welcomed support from Tim Martin, Chairman and founder of the JD Wetherspoon pub chain in their campaign for the removal of the beer tie.
Speaking to the licensed trade’s newspaper The Morning Advertiser, Mr. Martin has said that it is "perfectly fair” for people to campaign for the removal of the beer tie.
He has also said that the way in which the pubcos go about their business means that "A lot of people have taken on these leases and find themselves investing their savings in a business that isn’t profitable."
Steve Corbett of the Fair Pint Campaign group and the lessee of the George Canning, a tied pub in south east London, said:
"Tim Martin is one of the biggest players in the pub sector and we welcome his support for our campaign. As he points out, pubcos can charge what they want for beer and many lessees are being forced out of business by the prices which the pubcos are charging their tied pubs
"The Fair Pint Campaign has hundreds of examples of people who have sunk their life savings into a tenanted pub only to find that they are unable to make a living due to the unfair supply arrangements with the pubcos.
"Hundreds of pubs are being forced to close across the country due to way in which the pubcos run their business. These unfair ties must be removed if the British pub is going to survive."
Notes to editors
A Report of Mr Martin’s comments to the Morning Advertiser can be found here http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/81790?PagingData=Po_0~Ps_10~Psd_Asc
The Fair Pint campaign is a coalition of independent, tied landlords and industry experts that are seeking to highlight the plight of UK landlords and consumers who suffer as a result of ‘tied lease agreements’ to pub companies (pubcos). The campaign was launched in the Houses of Parliament in May.