Family brewers held back

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David Clifton reports on the amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill that resulted in pub companies with fewer than 500 tied tenants being removed from the constraints of the Statutory Code with the consequence that only the  “big six” pubcos will be bound by it. In her next article for Pub & Bar, Suzanne Davies will comment on the subsequent House of Commons vote to introduce a free market rent option for tied tenants, signalling the end of the beer tie.