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Government approves new chef apprenticeship standards

20-Aug-2014 - New chef apprenticeship standards developed by the hospitality industry’s Trailblazer Group have been approved by Government.

Licensees of North London pub hit with £12k fine for illegally showing Sky Sports

20-Aug-2014 - Licensees of a North London pub have been ordered to pay more than £12,000 after being found guilty of illegally showing a Sky Sports football match.

Household leisure spend grows 12% in July

20-Aug-2014 - Household spending on leisure grew 12% to £202 in July, with the good weather causing the amount spent on drinking out to grow 14% to £45.84 while eating out spend rose 5% to £75.71, according to the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

Noise law changes urged to save live music pubs

20-Aug-2014 - The Government must relax noise abatement legislation and pass the responsibility for minimising disturbance away from pubs and clubs and on to residents and developers, lobbyists have urged.

Marston’s chief blames politicians for piling financial pressures on to marginal pubs

20-Aug-2014 - The chief executive of Marston’s has written to a campaigner trying to save one of the brewer’s pubs from closure to say the actions of politicians have hit community locals hard.

Star trains mystery shoppers to spot pint perfection

19-Aug-2014 - Star Pub & Bars is training 80 mystery shoppers to be able to recognise the perfect pint across the pub company’s estate.

Hospitality sector employs over two million people

19-Aug-2014 - The hospitality industry now employs more than two million people, after creating 118,000 new jobs in the past year, new statistics reveal.

Free download: Brands Report 2014

19-Aug-2014 - Don't leave your drinks stocking decisions to chance. Instead, be guided by the Brands Report 2014 - valuable insight into which brands and their variants are selling fastest, as well as those falling out of favour. Download the report for FREE today.

Pub footfall driven by weekday custom, figures show

19-Aug-2014 - Weekday visits are continuing to drive the growth in footfall in pubs, according to new research by NPD Group for the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

#PubOpsClub: Details of Headingley event revealed

19-Aug-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser is running the next in its series of PubOpsClub events on 14 October at Headingley, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Punch pubs embrace apprenticeships

19-Aug-2014 - A total of 180 Punch Taverns pubs have got involved in the company’s apprenticeship programme, with 42 licensees having taken on new apprentices, the group has said.

Sky Sports' Natalie Pinkham to host Great British Pub Awards

18-Aug-2014 - Sky Sports’ Formula 1 broadcaster Natalie Pinkham will host this year’s Great British Pub Awards, organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

North Tyneside adopts cumulative impact policy

18-Aug-2014 - North Tyneside Council has approved a policy to curb new pub and club licences.

Parliamentary group calls for 'alcohol harm minister'

18-Aug-2014 - The All Party Parliamentary Committee on Alcohol Misuse is calling for a single government minister to be accountable for the responsibility of reducing alcohol harms as part of its 2015 Manifesto that also includes a minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks.

New alcohol tax for off-trade proposed

18-Aug-2014 - Drink addicts should be treated in “abstinence-based rehabilitation centres” paid for with a new tax on alcohol, a think tank has urged.

Craft Beer Co to host second festival

18-Aug-2014 - Craft Beer Co is set to showcase 100 beers from the best breweries across the UK at its second festival next month.

Sky Sports and BT Sport reveal their live rugby coverage

15-Aug-2014 - Sky Sports and BT Sport have released their line-up of live European rugby matches.

Ten things you may have missed this week (August 8-15)

15-Aug-2014 - From BrewDog’s quest for world domination to all the news from some little beer festival in the village of London, here’s ten things you may have missed on the PMA website this week:

Tasting notes on pump clips ‘could boost beer sales’

15-Aug-2014 - Breweries have been urged include tasting notes on pump clips after new research showed 68% of real ale drinkers would branch out if they were given more information.

PICTURES: Great British Beer Festival 2014

14-Aug-2014 - The Great British Beer Festival opened on Tuesday complete with circus acts and stormtroopers. Here are some pictures that sum up the day.

Pub company hit with £3,000 fine for illegally showing Sky Sports

14-Aug-2014 - A pub company has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 after being found guilty of illegally showing a Sky Sports football match.

Ice ball machine launched to create more theatre around serve

14-Aug-2014 - A machine producing balls of ice instead of cubes has been launched to create more theatre for serves in pubs and bars.

Food the winner as sales grow 2.2% in July

14-Aug-2014 - Managed operators in the pub sector have delivered consistent growth for 16 months, after reporting a 2.2% increase in like-for-like sales in July, new figures show.

Licensed Trade Charity reports spike in calls for help

14-Aug-2014 - The Licensed Trade Charity says requests for home visits and assessments have hit an all-time high.

MPs say new pub closure figures show planning loopholes must be closed

13-Aug-2014 - MPs across the political divide have called for the Government to close a loophole that allows pubs to demolished or converted without planning permission.

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