Tied pubs’ quib­ble on price is no small beer

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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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