Lord Smith of Hindhead, chairman of Best Bar None and CEO of the Association of Conservative Clubs, last week raised a question in the House of Lords regarding PPL’s proposed new Specially Featured Entertainment tariff.
It is estimated that the proposed extra tariff will cost the hospitality industry an additional £49m each year. This has now been referred to the Copyright Tribunal for independent review.
Lord Smith believes the increase is unjustifiable and will cause operators real concern, particularly at a time when many struggle to pay basic overheads, such as business rates.
“The hospitality industry is the third largest private sector employer and returns significant sums to the exchequer,” says Lord Smith. “This proposed increase is a slap in the face for hardworking business and is contrary to the DCMS’s recent call for the music industry to step in to help venues which play music.”