BBPA provides guidance for bars aiming to make the most of Euro 2016

14th April 2016

With less than two months to go until the start of Euro 2016 and with three home nations taking part, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has produced definitive guidance for pubs planning on making the most of the tournament.

The guidance, freely available on the BBPA website, has been developed with the support of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

The European Championship finals will see millions of supporters flocking to the pub to cheer on their country’s team and the BBPA points out that, in addition to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 21 teams from countries with millions of expats living in the UK are battling it out in June.

In total, 3.5 million people currently live and work in the UK from the 21 non-home nations including 800,000 Poles, 380,000 Irish, 500,000 people with Turkish heritage, 300,000 Russians and 300,000 Germans.

The BBPA hopes that pubs will benefit from their guidance, which forms a comprehensive checklist of issues for licensees to consider during Euro 2016. Key issues to address include keeping in touch with local police and licensing officers to let them know in advance of plans for showing Euro 2016 matches, and planning properly for larger groups of customers to ensure a safe and successful tournament.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, said: “Pubs are the home of live support, and a great event like Euro 2016 really brings fans together. This guidance should help licensees to manage any issues, and I want to thank the LGA and NPCC for working with us to develop it.”

To download the BBPA guidance, click here

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