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  • 14 May 2009

    FSB welcomes calls to give pub owners the power to break the pub company tie

    Pub owners across Wales may be able to break the tie with the pub companies (pubcos) that own them, thanks to lobbying by the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales (FSB).

  • 11 February 2009

    Open For Business – Pub Campaign Backed by FSB Essex

    Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is urging publicans across the county to take advantage of a new campaign aimed at giving them a helping hand during the current economic downturn.

  • 25 September 2008

    FSB calls time on beer ties

    Britain’s leading small business organisation is calling time on the beer tie imposed by pub companies (pubcos) on landlords.

  • 19 July 2006


    Small business leaders have called time on the sharp practices of pub companies across Wales. The Federation of Small Businesses said there was no reason why pub-goers should be paying up to 45p too much for their pint of beer.

  • 01 August 2005

    58 per cent of licensing applications not filed with less than one week to go

    The FSB, the grassroots lobby group for small businesses, revealed today that 58 per cent of the 180,000 license-holders in England and Wales have so far failed to submit applications to renew their alcohol licenses.

  • 18 July 2005

    Licensing Reform

    Deadline for conversion of currently held licences - 6th August 2005.

  • 11 July 2005

    Personal License

    Do you sell/serve alcohol? If so, you need a personal license from 6 August in order to contiue doing so!

  • 13 June 2005

    New licensing regime penalises small businesses

    The FSB revealed today that it has written to Licensing Minister, James Purnell, to complain that the new licensing regime penalises small pubs and businesses that do not make the bulk of their profit from alcohol.

  • 21 December 2004

    FSB reaction to Pub Companies report

    The FSB has welcomed today’s Trade and Industry Select Committee report as a shot across the bows of pub companies but is disappointed that it under-estimates the unfairness of the relationship between pubcos and their licensees.

  • 07 June 2004

    A pint of beer is 45p too expensive

    Drinkers could be paying 45p too much for their pint of beer because pub companies (pubcos) are creaming off huge profits from neighbourhood pubs according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

  • 01 June 2004

    “Never again” say licensees as pub companies hold them over a barrel

    Pub companies are creaming off huge profits from neighbourhood pubs leaving their licensees to survive on earnings less than the minimum wage, according to FSB evidence to be submitted to a committee of MPs this week.