THE next step towards setting up a forum for the pub trade on the Isle of Wight will be taken next Friday.
Publicans, brewers and anyone else associated with the licensing trade is being invited to a meeting at the Riverside Centre, at 9.30am.
David Thornton, chief executive of Visit Isle of Wight, will talk about opportunities for pubs in the Acoustic Island festival scheduled for March.
This meeting follows one on January 17, organised by MP Andrew Turner and the Campaign for Real Ale's John Nicholson — who is also an Isle of Wight councillor — where landlords, managers and brewers aired issues ranging from government taxation to the council's attitude to noise levels and pub chains' treatment of their tenants.
That meeting was chaired by Alan Marriott, County Press editor, who is supporting the group along with marketing expert Tim Addison, of Solent.co.
Next Friday's meeting will look at how a forum would work and put the wheels in motion.
Anyone wishing to attend is welcome but for more information contact Andrew Turner's office on 01983 530808 or firstname.lastname@example.org