Enterprise Inns this morning warned that Ebitda was coming under pressure from falling beer volumes and the need to provide financial aid to licensees. The group said that it had seen £3.5m in costs through its Business Recovery Scheme, which offers licensees support through rent concessions and special discounts. However, Enterprise said that its trading model remained “robust” despite “difficult trading conditions”. The group added that, after working with HM Revenue and Customs, it was ready to seek shareholder approval for a potential move to Reit status. The company said it was confident the necessary internal reorganisation could be achieved from a legal, tax and accounting perspective. Enterprise took the opportunity to criticise the government’s “ill-conceived” increase in alcohol duty, which it said would “do little to address the much publicised problems of anti social behaviour and binge drinking”. The group instead called for legislation to address the issue of supermarkets selling alcohol below cost as a traffic builder. Ted Tuppen, the company’s chief executive, said: “These are testing times for the pub industry but I am constantly reassured by the quality of our pub estate and our licensees and the security of our balance sheet. “Our cash flows remain strong, providing adequate funds for investment and the reduction of borrowings as required.”