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Weymouth Publican Backs Fight Against 'Beer Tie'


12:51pm 24th April 2013

New government proposals may mean local landlords can fight back against unfair supplier prices.

The so called 'beer tie' has been blamed for pub closures across the UK.

'Tied pubs" are required to buy stock from the companies that own the pubs, often at inflated prices.

Pete Whittle from the Kings Arms in Weymouth, believes that the pressure of having high prices for low income pubs is unfair.

"We have to buy all our beer from the company we lease the building from, they then make a huge profit out of us. We then have to pass that on to our customer, which means we end up paying a lot more and the customer ends up paying a lot more."

"If you have a pub with high volume turn over, you can get more discount, but if you have a pub with low volume turnover, the prices remain high, which obviously doesnt help that little pub to get customers in."

"With over heads and business rates at a high price, the smaller pubs then have to offset onto there beer prices. So they are on a lose, lose situation and the only person winning is the pub company because they are make loads of money from the tennant."

The new government proposals would mean landlords could complain to an adjudicator if they felt they were being unfairly treated by their owners.

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