Blog: Olly WehringBBPA says goodbye to Hayward

Olly Wehring | 10 March 2009

What is going on at the British Beer and Pub Association, we ask?

The trade body announced late yesterday afternoon (9 March) that CEO Rob Hayward, who has been with the group for a decade, would be leaving with immediate effect.

What makes us curious is that this announcement comes just as the BBPA, alongside other drinks trade bodies, is ramping up its rhetoric and lobbying efforts in a bid to gain more government support for the industry.

The 2009 UK Budget will be announced on 22 April and the BBPA is spearheading a fierce campaign to persuade chancellor Alistair Darling to drop a proposed 2% above inflation tax rise for alcoholic drinks.

Beer, wine and cider were hit with an 18% tax rise last year.

Strange then, that in the midst of all this, the BBPA has lost its figurehead. The blanket radio silence from BBPA headquarters following the announcement makes us wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. 


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