The Pub Governing Body has published its annual audit of companies operating up to 499 leased and tenanted pubs.

The audit is based on codes of practice published by the Pub Governing Body and covers the period from August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

The audit found that there is a high level of compliance with the code of practice. Full compliance was found for business plans. On training, the audit found that there had been an ‘excellent’ improvement in the number of operators trained to the required standard outlined in the code.

Pub Governing Body chairman, Sir Peter Luff, said: “Once again, the results of this annual report underline the crucial role the Pub Governing Body continues to play following the implementation of the statutory Pubs Code three years ago.

“We are pleased to see strong levels of compliance from the companies governed by our codes. We will continue to monitor and review these codes to ensure they remain relevant to both companies and tenants.

“In 2017, the board announced they had reached agreement with stakeholders to ensure the independent rent review service, Pirrs, was available for all pub tenants — both those covered by the Statutory Code and those governed by self-regulation.

“The board is pleased to confirm that 15 tenants from Admiral, EI, Punch, Star Pubs and Bars, Marstons, and Greene King have taken advantage of this scheme in the year ending July 31, 2019.”

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