The government's commitment to reducing regulation for business has been welcomed by a pub industry group.

During last week's Queen's Speech, the government confirmed it wants to boost job creation by cutting red tape for smaller businesses.

In addition, it unveiled plans to improve the business rates system and overhaul how disputes between large and small businesses are resolved.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has responded by saying it fully supports the focus on "reducing the burdens on business".

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, noted that the pub industry currently employs approximately one million people, with many more working in the wider hospitality sector.

As a result, she believes it can be a "key engine for economic growth and job creation".

Ms Simmonds also backed the government's plans to extend the Primary Authority scheme, saying pubs can "benefit from the cost savings of having to deal with only one local authority when it comes to enforcement in areas such as health and safety and fire regulation".

She stated that the BBPA is currently building on an existing relationship with London Fire Brigade and therefore licensing is one area "where this principle could be extended".

Ms Simmonds added that the BBPA will be taking part in an upcoming review of business rates, as it has "long been campaigning for reform" in this area.