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19 November 2010

British pubs bogged down by red tape

BR experts looking for catchy examples for their powerpoints can take another look at the BRE’s proposals to cut admin burdens on “micro-pubs”. The Better Regulation Executive has told Lord Young, the new “enterprise tsar” appointed earlier this month, that pubs are one sector that could do with a helping hand. The group consulted the industry (see BII site on red tape for pubs) and attended a Pubwatch meeting in Enfield. The BRE report already mentioned on this blog, Lightening the Load,  concludes: “We found that micro pubs [run by a single person] have a particularly high regulatory burden — they have to be registered with around five agencies, have around eight licences of various kinds and have to keep written records for National Minimum Wage, PAYE, food safety and refusals of underage sales”.

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