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

Late-night levy consultation for Southampton

16-Apr-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to consult residents on the prospect of a late-night levy.

Licensee wins chance to see his pub recreated in Rio

16-Apr-2014 - The licensee of freehold the Old Star Inn in Winsford, Cheshire and nine of his customers are heading to Rio in June after winning a competition organised by crisp brand McCoy's.

Punch exec insists company is at the 'end game of restructuring'

16-Apr-2014 - Punch Taverns executive chairman Stephen Billingham has insisted  “a deal will get done” to tackle the pubco’s £2.3bn debts.

Sky, Premier League and FACT explain the full story behind football screening prosecutions

16-Apr-2014 - Recent cases have seen pubs fined as much as £65,000 for illegally screening football games. But many publicans say they are still confused about why these actions are being taken and exactly what the legal situation is. Mike Berry and James Wallin spoke to senior figures involved in the screening of football matches to get to the bottom of the issue:

Publican hopes his beer vending machine will become a talking point

16-Apr-2014 - An East London publican has installed what is thought to be the first beer vending machine in a British pub.

PMA partners Hotelympia's Craft Beer Takeover

15-Apr-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser is the exclusive media partner of Craft Beer Takeover, which takes place at trade show Hotelympia next week.

CAMRA activist calls for reform of ‘shamefully weak planning system’

15-Apr-2014 - The Government must dispense with “ineffective gimmicks such as assets of community value (ACV)” and instead reform the planning system to offer “robust protection” to pubs, a CAMRA  officer has said.

Falkland Islands get first delivery of Wold Top beer

15-Apr-2014 - A Yorkshire brewery has successfully completed its first delivery to the Falkland Islands.

Lee Mack's quest to find pub sign that hung outside his childhood home

15-Apr-2014 - Comedian Lee Mack has appealed for help in tracking down the sign for the pub he grew up in.

Alcohol consumption down to lowest level for almost 20 years, new figures show

15-Apr-2014 - Alcohol consumption in the UK fell 2.1% in 2013, according to figures released by the British Beer & Pub Association.

Thwaites announces winners of its awards for excellence

15-Apr-2014 - A Ramsbottom pub has swept the board at the Thwaites Awards for Excellence 2014, winning pub of the year and the dining title.

Camden Council steps in to protect 'valued' community pub

15-Apr-2014 - For the second time in as many months a north London council has invoked planning powers to make it more difficult for developers to close a community pub.

Successful first weekend for Brighton Bier's first pub

14-Apr-2014 - Two regional brewers have collaborated to open their first pub, in Brighton.


Explosion in e-cigarette use presents dilemma for pub operators

14-Apr-2014 - It’s the biggest thing to happen to smoking since the ban. Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are on fire.

Brewery's first female signwriter reaches final of apprentice of the year awards

14-Apr-2014 - A Wiltshire brewer is painting the town red after its apprentice signwriter secured a place in the final of the Dulux Decorator Centres Apprentice of the Year awards.

Britain's oldest barmaid still serving at 100

14-Apr-2014 - The oldest barmaid in Britain turns 100 this week - but has no plan to retire.

Thwaites and Charles Wells among nominees for International Beer Awards

14-Apr-2014 - The shortlist for the International Beer Awards 2014 has been released.

Pubs grow share of eating-out market

14-Apr-2014 - Pubs are increasing their share of the UK eating-out market at the expense of restaurants, new research by Allegra Foodservice has found.

Business minister insists pubco action would be 'proportionate'

11-Apr-2014 - A Government minister has stressed that any intervention in the tenanted pub company model would be “proportionate and targeted” and a response will be published “as soon as we can”.

Sky and BT will share rights to new European Rugby Cup

11-Apr-2014 - Sky and BT Sport will share the broadcasting rights for the new European Rugby Champions Cup – the replacement for the Heineken Cup.

New Leeds United boss toasts takeover down the pub

11-Apr-2014 - New Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino celebrated success in his protracted takeover of the club in style – by having a drink with fans at his new local.

Trade bodies urge Government not to introduce 'complex and unfair' changes to licence fees

10-Apr-2014 - Trade bodies have warned that the Government's proposed changes to licence fees could result in ‘increased costs and complexity for both operators and local authorities’.

Government consults pubs on business rates

10-Apr-2014 - Pubs and bars are being urged to share their views on business rates in a new consultation.

BBPA Midlands stalwart steps down after 35 years in the pub trade

10-Apr-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association’s Midlands regional secretary Richard Matthews has stepped down after 11 years in the post and 35 years in the industry.

Fair Deal for Your Local demands Government delivers on 'commitment' to pubco reform

10-Apr-2014 - Campaigners for pubco reform met at Westminster yesterday to urge the Government to include pubco reform in the Queen’s speech.


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