FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Business support organisation, the Forum of Private Business, has welcomed the announcement by Paul Newby, the Pub Code Adjudicator, following the publication of his first Compliance Report, that he is to put pressure on the PubCo's to adhere more fully to the Pub Code.

In engaging tenant landlords in a detailed questionnaire it is hoped that he will learn direct from the tied pub landlords themselves which PubCo's are not respecting their obligations under the Market Rent Only Option, and what unfair practices the PubCo's are using, both of which need addressing.

Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum commented, 'We have been working closely with both Paul Newby and the Government to ensure that tied tenant landlords are treated fairly by the PubCo's. There is clear evidence of many being either driven out of their pubs, or alternatively being forced to accept uncompetitive terms of trade. This move by the Adjudicator shows that he is serious about addressing the PubCo's malpractice and we fully support his actions.'

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.