Independent Family Brewers of Britain invested more than £20M in pubs during lockdown

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

15 July 2020

The support included cancelling rent payments, and suspending service charge and loan repayments

The Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) is an association of 29 family-owned breweries.

IFBB chairman, and Thwaites Brewery CEO, Rick Bailey said that now the on-trade has emerged from lockdown, IFBB members are working with pub landlords to put all the necessary measures in place to protect staff and reassure customers that it is safe to return.

‘Collectively, IFBB companies have provided over £20M of support for their pub tenants during this crisis, even while sustaining losses elsewhere, and it is likely that we will yet have to do more to help. But we will be there on the other side – supporting landlords to come through this extremely challenging period, protect jobs and of course be successful and prosperous again.

'The Family Brewers form part of the social fabric of our society, protectors of some of the finest pubs in the country. We are responsible for safeguarding this country’s historic pub and brewing heritage and investing in community assets for the long term. We will not allow the Great British pub to fail and we are doing all we can to prevent that.’

Bailey praised the package of measures given by the government to the sector, calling the furlough and grant scheme ‘crucial oxygen’.

‘The government’s support of the Great British pub and wider hospitality sector has saved jobs and sparked hope that we can rebuild for the future – it should be celebrated,’ he added.

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