Mulholland and Heineken meet to discuss market rent only option

Greg Mulholland MP recently met with Heineken following the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign victory to pass New Clause 2 into the Small Business Bill.

Now known as Clause 42 of the Part 4 of the Bill, it included allowing brewers the right to continue to sell their beer in their own pubs.

Mulholland met with David Forde, Managing Director of Heineken UK, and Jeremy Beadles, Corporate Relations Director.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland, Chair of the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group and Coordinator of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign, said: 

“It was a useful meeting with HEINEKEN discussing the Small Business Bill and the market rent only option. HEINEKEN’s particular concern was their right as brewers to continue to sell their own beer in their own pubs.

“I made clear that it has never been the intention of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign to prevent brewers selling their own beers in their own pubs which is precisely why I included the part of the clause that allows them to do so, even with the market rent only option in place. I made it clear to HEINEKEN that I and we are willing to work with them and look forward to continuing discussions about this.”

Jeremy Beadles, Corporate Relations Director, HEINEKEN UK said:

“Greg Mulholland, on behalf of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign, provided welcome clarity that it is not the intention of the Bill and Clause 42 to stop brewers being able to sell their beers in their own pubs.  We have agreed to work together to seek to ensure that this important principle is included in the legislation.”

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