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New rules to help struggling pub landlords

Tuesday 8th January 2013
Commenting on today’s announcement, Nicola Connop spokesperson for Business Debtline said:
“This will be welcome news for many struggling landlords around the country. We hope that publicans who are ‘tied’ to large pubcos will be afforded greater flexibility in both running their own business and repaying any debts. This has the potential to significantly increase the business viability of many of the UK’s independent pubs.
“Independent pubs have faced incredibly tough times over recent years, and the number of closures is alarming. Between the recession, the smoking ban, and increased competition from supermarkets, pubs have faced an almost insurmountable series of obstacles. Clearly the Government has recognised that something must be done in order to prevent the traditional British pub from becoming something of an endangered species.  
“It will be important for the success of these changes that the Adjudicator has real teeth when imposing sanctions.
“We hope to see further guidance clarifying how the new system will work, for example how and in what circumstances a publican could complain to the Adjudicator.”
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