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The latest news and developments concerning the pub trade from our team of dedicated industry journalists

Penzance nightclub wins national Best Bar None award

27-Nov-2014 - Sound nightclub in Penzance, Cornwall, has been crowned the National Best Bar None (BBN) Winner of 2014.

Make Some Noise: Planning 'to blame' for noise disputes says CIEH

27-Nov-2014 - Disputes between publicans and residents over noise is a fault of weakened planning controls not noise legislation, the principal policy officer at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has claimed.

Mulholland tells brewing pubcos to 'work with me' on MRO clause

26-Nov-2014 - Save the Pub Group chair Greg Mulholland MP has issued an ultimatum to the three large brewing pubcos to work with him or risk losing the right in the new pubs code to insist tenants sell their brands in their pubs.

Head-to-Head: Brigid Simmonds and Greg Mulholland on MRO option

26-Nov-2014 - British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds and Greg Mulholland MP, who tabled the market rent only amendment, share their views on the implications of the new clause

Punch offers advice to tenants ahead of new allergen laws

26-Nov-2014 - Punch Taverns has reminded licensees that it is offering help with implementation of the new allergen laws.

One in four plan to spend less on eating and drinking out this Christmas

26-Nov-2014 - One in four people intend to spend less on eating and drinking out this Christmas, according to a new poll.

Tenants groups hail MRO clause in pubs code

25-Nov-2014 - Tenant groups have expressed their delight at last week’s vote by MPs to include a market rent-only (MRO) clause in the statutory pubs code, claiming its introduction will be transformational for tied tenants.

Make Some Noise: Kris Hopkins backs campaign

25-Nov-2014 - Community Pubs Minister Kris Hopkins has backed the Publican's Morning Advertiser’s Make Some Noise campaign and pledged to issue guidance for local authorities to help pubs in the plight they face.

Legal challenge against MRO in pubs code 'would fail'

25-Nov-2014 - There is no scope for a legal challenge against the market rent only clause in the pubs code, a leading competition lawyer has claimed.

Tyneside licensee launches virtual pub tour

24-Nov-2014 - A Tyneside licensee has embedded a virtual tour of his pub on its website, to show off the outlet to prospective customers and display the well-kept cellar.

Research shows potential for growth in post-work spirits

24-Nov-2014 - New research has shown that pubs and bars could maximise profits by capitalising on latent demand for spirit-based drinks in the early evening.

Arkell’s spends £35,000 on new barrels

24-Nov-2014 - Arkell’s Brewery has invested £35,000 on 500 new stainless steel barrels, to replace the aluminium casks that have been in use since the 1960s.

Luminar managers join street pastors on patrol

24-Nov-2014 - Luminar, the UK’s largest late-night operator, is encouraging its managers to go out on patrol with their local Street Pastors teams.

BII launches search for industry’s best licensee

24-Nov-2014 - The search has begun to find the UK’s best licensee with the launch of the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) Licensee of the Year Award 2015 today.

Chef Claude Compton to open Fulham pub

24-Nov-2014 - Former Petersham Nurseries chef Claude Compton has said he would look to open more pubs if his initial site in Fulham is a success.

Enterprise reveals managed estate details

24-Nov-2014 - Enterprise Inns has revealed the locations of its 10 initial managed sites, which includes at least two “semi-managed” pubs.

Pints for pooches: Beer for dogs launched in UK

21-Nov-2014 - A new beer for dogs brewed in Belgium has been launched in the UK.

Inception Group: Strive for originality

21-Nov-2014 - Original concepts and staff are important for success, according to the Inception Group.

Cumbrian publican wins World’s Biggest Liar 2014

21-Nov-2014 - A tall tale of fracking and jam butties has earned George Kemp of the Lifeboat Inn in Maryport the title of the World’s Biggest Liar 2014.

Licensed Trade Charity calls on publicans to support the lonely this Christmas

20-Nov-2014 - The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) is urging publicans to reach out to a former colleague or friend who is on their own this Christmas.

Study finds drinkers ignore 'meaningless' consumption guidelines

20-Nov-2014 - A study has found that consumers are ignoring drinking guidelines because of a lack of scientific basis and because of the disconnect between official advice and average lifestyles.

Greene King raises £125k for Macmillan

20-Nov-2014 - Greene King employees have raised £125,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year.

Pubs ordered to pay total of £30k costs for breaching Premier League copyright

20-Nov-2014 - Four pubs in England have been ordered by the High Court to each pay the Premier League costs for breaching copyright by making unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football in their pubs.

Government to accept MRO pubs code vote

20-Nov-2014 - The Government has accepted MPs’ decision to vote for a market rent only clause for tied tenants in the pubs code and will not seek to challenge it.

Pub Retail Summit: Slug & Lettuce rolling out updated brunch menu

20-Nov-2014 - Slug & Lettuce has updated its brunch menu and begun rolling it out across all of its sites as part of its evolution of the brand.

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