Tied pubs’ quibble on price is no small beer
Lanarkshire pubs tied to large drinks companies should get the same legal protections as their counterparts in England and Wales, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
Tied pub tenants are required to pay rent to and buy supplies of beer and other products from their big business owners.
However, many complain that they’re forced to pay substantially more than their non-tied, or free-house, competitors.
In England and Wales, a statutory pubs code and an independent adjudicator governs the relationship between tied tenants and large pub companies (Pubcos).
FSB is therefore backing Neil Bibby MSP’s Holyrood member’s bill to give Scotland’s 500 tied pubs and their customers a fairer deal.
Hisashi Kuboyama, West of Scotland development manager with the FSB, said:
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