Paul Crossman is a licensee and pub campaigner based in York. He runs three award-winning community-orientated cask ale pubs just outside the city centre. They are The Swan, The Slip Inn and Volunteer Arms.
The Swan is leased from a large pub company, but The Slip Inn and Volunteer Arms are owned by Paul as freeholder. Both of these were pub company disposal sites that Paul purchased with his late business partner Jon Farrow. Paul and Jon invested and relaunched them together, and both are now multi-award winning, thriving independent Free Houses. The Slip Inn, is the current York regional CAMRA Pub of the Year.
Paul is also a founder director of The York Gin Company, an independent multi-award-winning craft distillery. The idea for the venture was hatched in his pubs, and his three fellow directors are all longstanding regulars and dedicated pubs supporters.
Paul’s experience of both the tied and freehold pub sector, as well as his that of being an independent supplier, gives him an insight into the competition issues that afflict so many of our pubs, and directly led him to become a committed campaigner for pub industry reform. He was heavily involved in the campaigning that led to the introduction of the Pubs Code, and has since given oral evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, as well as liaising directly with the Pubs Code Adjudicator, Government (BEIS) and contributing to the CAMRA Tenants Forum. Paul is also an active member of the Steering Group of the British Pub Confederation.