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

Founders of social network Bebo buy north Devon pub

30-Oct-2014 - The founders of social networking site Bebo have bought a dilapidated pub in Devon which they aim to refurbish alongside a local manor house.

Family brewers moved outside scope of pub statutory code

30-Oct-2014 - Pub companies with fewer than 500 tied pubs will be exempt from the statutory code, Andrew Griffiths MP has told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

WSTA honours George Osborne for duty cuts

30-Oct-2014 - The Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has formally thanked Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander for their support in abolishing the alcohol duty escalator in the 2014 Budget.

BrewDog to expand brewery but 'we're still tiny'

30-Oct-2014 - BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, has announced expansion plans, including a new 300hl brew-house at its headquarters in Ellon, near Aberdeen.

RFU and Sky Sports agree new partnership

30-Oct-2014 - Sky Sports has extended its partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for a further five years, including coverage of England’s autumn internationals.

Operator slams Met police after losing £200k due to 'misleading' evidence

30-Oct-2014 - A London operator has hit out at the Metropolitan police after misleading evidence led to the seven-month closure of his nightclub and the loss of an estimated £200,000.

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Can breathalysers in pubs tackle pre-loading and resolve conflict?

30-Oct-2014 - Breathalyser schemes across the licensed trade have been on the rise of late, with reaction to their usage mixed.

Spirits Summit: Adnams warns of waste issue

29-Oct-2014 - An approach to wastage and energy use is a key factor in the production of spirits for breweries looking to diversify into the sector, the head of distilling at Adnams said.

Free water in pubs scheme launched ‘to reduce alcohol-related A&E visits’

29-Oct-2014 - West Sussex pubs, clubs and bars are being encouraged to become ‘water angels’ to help reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and A&E visits.

Make Some Noise in support of pubs by signing petition

29-Oct-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s (PMA) has teamed up with the Music Venue Trust (MVT) and is calling on licensees to sign a petition urging the Government to introduce an agent-of-change principle.

JD Wetherspoon fails in bid to cut hours at Newcastle pubs ahead of late-night levy

29-Oct-2014 - Newcastle City Council has refused JD Wetherspoon’s attempt to dodge the city’s late-night levy by cutting back its hours at three pubs.

North London pub to host mental health drop-in centre

29-Oct-2014 - A north London licensee has teamed up with a mental health charity to host a drop-in centre in the pub for local youngsters.

Bullseye for Chelmsford pub at Punch darts competition

29-Oct-2014 - The Blue Lion in Chelmsford has been crowned the winner of Punch Taverns’ darts competition.

Pubs are 'waking up' to the willingness of investors

29-Oct-2014 - Pubs are perfectly poised to capitalise on investments under the Enterprise Investment Scheme, a specialist has said.

Otter brews beer to celebrate flaming tar barrels event

28-Oct-2014 - Otter Brewery has become the main sponsor of a local flaming tar barrels event.

JD Wetherspoon praised for quality of toilets

28-Oct-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has won recognition for the quality of its toilets in the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.

Flaming Grill on search for worst football team

28-Oct-2014 - Spirit Pub Company brand Flaming Grill is on the hunt for football teams that are “more Sunday League zero than Premiership hero” as it aims to crown the UK’s worst football teams.

Margot Martini, who inspired worldwide stem cell donation plea, dies

28-Oct-2014 - Margot Martini, the daughter of PubAid director and entrepreneur Yaser Martini, has died, aged two.

RICS claims rental valuation is 'not a failure in landlord and tenant relationship'

28-Oct-2014 - The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called into question fundamental aspects of the Government’s pub statutory code proposals.

Pheasant crowned Sawday's Pub of the Year

28-Oct-2014 - The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe, Essex, has been named Pub of the Year in the Sawday's 2Oth Anniversary Awards.

Pub installs equipment to prevent car park abuse

28-Oct-2014 - A London pub has installed special cameras and a touch-screen car registration pad, to prevent non-customers from abusing its parking facilities.

Jägermeister and Treasury Wine Estates join Portman Group

28-Oct-2014 - Mast-Jägermeister UK Ltd and Wolf Blass producer Treasury Wine Estates are the two latest companies to join the Portman Group.

Greene King appeals Gambling Commission bingo licence rejection

27-Oct-2014 - Greene King is challenging the Gambling Commission’s refusal to allow it a bingo licence in a case that could open the door for larger pubcos to operate commercial bingo.

Return of Cheryl to X Factor ‘sways 8% to not visit pub’

27-Oct-2014 - Almost a third of Britons are choosing to stay at home and watch television on Saturday nights rather than visit local pubs and bars, new research has claimed.

Food and drink most popular sector says crowdfunding expert

27-Oct-2014 - Food and drink is popular among “armchair investors” because owning a stake in brands that are stocked in bars and restaurants can “sound impressive,” according to Equity crowdfunding site Crowdcube and crowdfunded spirit brand Kamm & Sons.

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