Newsletter: July 2020

Re-opening of pubs and restaurants - how we can support

The pubs are back open! Well, some of them are. This is excellent news and a very green shoot of recovery. Now it is our job to emerge from lockdown and spend our money with those businesses that have been the first to put Assured Game on their menus and shelves.

The joyful reopening of pubs and restaurants should remind us of the less joyful times when they were closed for so many months. We were denied our pints and our meals out, but these businesses were denied their incomes. Many remain in difficulty even though their doors are open.

At the BGA we want to help. We maintain a register of pubs, restaurants, hotels, online suppliers and shops who stock Assured Game produced by you, our Member Shoots. These are the businesses who have supported our vision for a vibrant, assured game meat market. These are the champions of game meat out there in the community. And now they need your support.

We are asking any of these BGA Businesses, as we hope they don’t mind us calling them, to get in touch and tell us about their business and what they are doing to mark the end of lockdown. It doesn’t matter if game is on the menu right now or not, it doesn’t matter if the story is simply “we’re open!” We want to hear about it. We have almost 20,000 followers across our social media channels, where we will be sharing these stories and asking those followers to #backBGAbusinesses.

I am sure we can rely on you to head to these pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops and help them through this difficult time. And if you have a business you would like to tell us about, do get in touch.

Elsewhere, the team and I have been quite a few interviews of late which will hopefully give people a better idea of what we are trying to achieve for game this coming season. There are links below to a couple of videos with Commercial Director Mark Staples and me, speaking to The Gun Shop Outdoors and Chef Publishing. The BGA is the game sector’s own initiative, and it is important we do our best to answer the difficult questions! 

Best wishes,


Liam Stokes
Chief Executive