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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.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor of Gosport steps down after Pubwatch ban

21-Jul-2014 - Gosport licensees have stood by the decision to ban the Mayor from its pubs, following news that he has resigned from the post.

Cornwall carnival organiser defends publican who 'blacked up' as Venus Williams

21-Jul-2014 - A Cornwall festival organiser has defended a local pub landlord who was the subject of a race row for ‘blacking up’ as Venus Williams.

Fancy £1,000 in cash?

21-Jul-2014 - Who are the pub trade’s best suppliers?

Inn Collection Group buys first pub outside the north east

21-Jul-2014 - Pub operator Inn Collection Group is expanding out of the north east of England.

Star lessees to get free Wi-Fi and discounted Sky package

21-Jul-2014 - Star Pubs & Bars lessees are being offered two years’ free Wi-Fi and a 30% discounted Sky Ultimate package for the same period.

Enterprise Inns rolls out Beacon managed tenancy agreement to Somerset pub

21-Jul-2014 - A Somerset pub is switching to Enterprise Inns’ managed tenancy model as it seeks to boost weekday trade and broaden its customer base.

Consultation on Government’s pubs code plan opens

18-Jul-2014 - Views can now be submitted on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which contains the Government’s plans for a pubco statutory code.

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