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9,000 pubs now have Cask Marque accreditation

25-Jul-2014 - Cask Marque, the industry watchdog responsible for assessing the quality of cask ale, has accredited its 9,000th pub.

Fair Pint campaigner: 'IFBB have nothing to fear from pubs code if they practice what they preach'

25-Jul-2014 - The Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) this week described the Government's pubs code proposals as "an insult to the way we do business" . Fair Pint campaigner, Simon Clarke, says they have nothing to worry about if they are treating tenants fairly.

Beer sales in pubs up by highest rate this century, according to BBPA

25-Jul-2014 - Pubs have recorded their highest rate of quarterly growth in beer volume sales this century, the latest UK quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

Brighton pub campaigners await ACV status appeal outcome

24-Jul-2014 - Campaigners hoping to save a Brighton pub face an anxious wait over whether they have successfully defended an appeal by the owner of the property to have its Asset of Community Value (ACV) status overturned.

Underage drinking falls to record low, Government stats reveal

24-Jul-2014 - The rate of underage drinking has fallen to its lowest level since records began more than a quarter of a century ago, according to official government figures.

Boy, 3, drives car down two 30ft banks and crashes in pub garden

24-Jul-2014 - A three-year-old boy managed to drive his father’s car down two 30ft embankments and into a pub garden – but walked away with just a bump to the head.

Liverpool to consult on late-night levy while Islington announces implementation date

24-Jul-2014 - Liverpool City Council’s licensing committee has granted a consultation on implementing a late-night levy.

Chelmsford levy approval could give other councils the green light

24-Jul-2014 - Chelmsford’s late-night levy approval could give other small towns and cities the green light to follow suit, licensing lawyers have warned.

Punch licensees team up with Everards to create a new beer

24-Jul-2014 - Eight Punch Taverns licensees have worked together to produce their own beer in a joint initiative between the pubco and brewer Everards.

Pubs showing Commonwealth Games warned to be wary of red tape

24-Jul-2014 - Pubs could find themselves in “murky legal waters” if they advertise themselves as a venue to watch the Commonwealth games, a law firm has warned.

York pub searched as part of Claudia Lawrence investigation

24-Jul-2014 - A York pub is at the centre of fresh investigations into the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence.

World Cup blamed for dip in leisure spend during June

24-Jul-2014 - Household spending on leisure fell by 6% in June, a decrease of £12 from the previous month thanks to a “stay at home World Cup”, according to the Greene King Leisure Tracker.

IFBB demands changes to 'insulting' pubs code proposals

24-Jul-2014 - The Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) has branded the proposed pubs code "fundamentally unacceptable” and demanded the Government makes changes.

Pubcos 'becoming wise to Assets of Community Value bids'

23-Jul-2014 - A leading pub activist has urged campaigners fighting for Assets of Community Value (ACV) bids to up their game to counter pubco objections.

BBPA fears cost of new energy audits

23-Jul-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed its concerns over new Government regulations that will force large managed pub companies to pay thousands of pounds to conduct energy audits.

New pubs minister 'must listen to the challenges facing the sector'

23-Jul-2014 - The industry has welcomed the appointment of Kris Hopkins as the new Community Pubs Minister.

ASA rules against Captain Morgan facebook post

23-Jul-2014 - A picture posted on Captain Morgan’s Facebook page has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Agency’s (ASA) code for implying that drinking alcohol can help overcome boredom and change someone’s mood.

Mixed reaction to Twitter-only beer tasting series

22-Jul-2014 - An online beer retailer has replaced the pub with the internet by conducting a series of ale tastings on Twitter.

Sky Sports to launch dedicated Ryder Cup 2014 channel

22-Jul-2014 - Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup this autumn, offering two weeks of non-stop golf including exclusively live coverage of the biggest event in the sport.

Greene King launches treasure hunt to celebrate Prince George's first birthday

22-Jul-2014 - Greene King has launched a nationwide treasure hunt with the chance to find a £10,000 King’s Ransom to mark Prince George’s first birthday.

O'Neills launches free music festival across its pubs

22-Jul-2014 - O’Neill’s, Mitchells & Butlers’ Irish pub brand, is to host a weekend of free live music across its 45 pubs from 31 July.

Redtooth and The Nuts poker leagues merge

22-Jul-2014 - The UK’s biggest pub poker leagues have merged, bringing together a total of more than 250,000 registered players.

Supermarkets 'just giving away' alcohol, says peer

22-Jul-2014 - Supermarkets that offer low price alcohol in promotions were dubbed irresponsible in a debate at The House of Lords earlier this week relating to changes to be made to the mandatory licensing conditions.

Could this be the barman of the future?

21-Jul-2014 - Human bar staff could be a step closer to extinction after Honda unveiled a robot that can open bottles and serve drinks.

Retired licensee praises LTC scheme designed to combat social isolation

21-Jul-2014 - A retired publican has praised the Licensed Trade Charity’s (LTC) Befriending Scheme, which offers friendship and support to ex-licensees.

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