The Forum of Private Business has responded to Paul Newby's announcement today setting out the initial results of his 'fact finding exercise' into tied pub tenants both by welcoming it and expressing disappointment that it has taken him too long to engage in this way with tenants.

Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum, said: "The Forum has been lobbying Mr Newby, since his appointment over two years ago, to be much more proactive in taking real feedback from tenants who we know have for a long while been treated unfairly by the major suppliers. We hope now that he will take good note of their plight and act upon their feedback without delay. We will be engaging with Forum members and Mr Newby to ensure our members are heard."

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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.