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Pub giant wants to work with beer campaigners

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Punch Taverns HQ Second Ave Centrum 100.

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A BURTON-based pub giant has revealed it is ‘committed’ to working with beer campaigners – after calls were made to take a more ‘radical’ approaching to dealing with pubcos.

Bosses at Punch Taverns, in Centrum 100 , moved to calm the waters after members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) voted to step up its opposition to some pub giants.

The motion, put forward at its annual conference, called for a more ‘radical’ approach when dealing with firms such as Punch and Spirit, which is also based in Centrum 100.

The motion was carried in a bid to better deal with firms that some CAMRA members claim ‘indulge in unacceptable and unfair business practices’.

A spokesman for Punch Taverns told the Mail: “We remain committed to working towards a constructive outcome that benefits the long term future of British pubs and the million people who work in and around the sector.”

Bosses from Punch are hoping to meet with CAMRA chiefs to discuss the fallout from group’s decision.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA chairman, said: “These motions underline our determination to tackle the threat of pubs to weak planning riles and unfair pubco business practices.

“We are at a critical stage of the campaign to bring in line big beer companies and we are pressing the Government to deliver on their promise to act.

“There is growing frustration at the delay in the Government going ahead for a statutory code.”

Burton’s MP has long argued that introducing a statutory code for the pub industry would have a ‘long lasting and devastating impact’.

Andrew Griffiths has stated that the move would, in fact, damage the industry and could see people in the town lose their jobs.

However, opposition campaigners claim that the move would give landlords a fairer deal.

He told the Mail: “I think the measures put forward would put thousands of jobs in the industry at risk in the future, many of which are found in Burton.

“It could also see more pubs close and the further decline of the great British pub.

“We need to do all we can to protect this fine industry.”

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