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

Kate Nicholls to chair new night-time economy board

19-Dec-2014 - Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), will chair a new Night-Time Economy Board for the Mayor of London and Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Drinks industry exceeds one billion alcohol unit reduction target

19-Dec-2014 - The drinks industry has exceeded its target of removing one billion units of alcohol in the market two years early, a new report shows.

Councillor slated for wasting public money on 'unnecessary' licensing hearing

19-Dec-2014 - A licensing consultant and publican have accused a Rotherham councillor of wasting public funds on an “unnecessary hearing”, after he objected to an extension of the bar’s opening hours “without any evidence”.

Trade braced for 'Black Friday of Booze'

19-Dec-2014 - The trade is braced for one of the biggest nights of the year, dubbed “the black Friday of booze”, with sales of alcohol in pubs, bars and restaurants forecast to rise by over 100% compared to an average Friday.

Gambling Commission to appeal Greene King bingo licence decision

19-Dec-2014 - The Gambling Commission is looking to appeal the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision to allow Greene King a bingo licence, in order to stop commercial gambling “spreading to pubs”.

JDW makes internal FD appointment

19-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has looked internally to cover its vacant finance director role, promoting Ben Whitley, who has been with the company since 1999, on an interim basis.

Video: ITV's Tonight programme on survival of British pub

18-Dec-2014 - ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme, screened on ITV last night (Thursday, 18 December), focused on the threat to the British pub.

Winners of the ALMR Operations Managers Awards revealed

18-Dec-2014 - Menesh Modhwadia of New Inventive Pub Company and Darren King of Greene King Pub Partners have been named Area Manager and Business Development Manager of the Year respectively, in the ALMR’s Operations Managers Awards.

M&B: Over 1m will dine out on Christmas Day

18-Dec-2014 - Mitchells & Butlers has revealed research that estimates over one million people will dine out in its outlets on Christmas Day this year.

Poll: 22% think licensed property market 'less buoyant'

18-Dec-2014 - A poll of property surveyors and valuers has shown 22% think the licensed property market is less buoyant than a year ago.

PMA launches Try January campaign

17-Dec-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser today launches a campaign for pubs and bars to reclaim January and challenge people to try new drinks and dishes and make the month more inspiring and experimental.

McMullen pays bonuses to more than half its tenants

17-Dec-2014 - Hertfordshire-based brewer and pub operator McMullen has paid out bonuses of up to £10,000 to more than half its tenants for driving tied sales above expectations.

Lawyer warns publicans over personal licence renewal deadline

17-Dec-2014 - A leading licensing lawyer has urged English and Welsh publicans to act swiftly in renewing their personal licences, following new figures that show thousands of Scottish licences are set to be revoked after holders failed to meet Government deadlines.

Bromley pub the Porcupine saved from conversion into Lidl

17-Dec-2014 - A much-loved Bromley pub has been saved from conversion after the Planning Inspectorate dismissed an appeal by Lidl against the local council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

Great British Pub Award winner takes on second Sussex site

17-Dec-2014 - A licensee who won Best Turnaround Pub 2013 in the Great British Pub Awards has taken on a second site.

Be At One to launch ‘Try January’ campaign

17-Dec-2014 - Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail chain, is planning a new marketing campaign for the new year called “Try January”.

BII launches roadshows to help licensees grow their businesses

16-Dec-2014 - The British Institute of Innkeping (BII) is launching a series of roadshow events to help licensees develop their businesses.

Andrew Griffiths MP calls for beer duty cut hat-trick

16-Dec-2014 - All Party Parliamentary Beer Group chairman Andrew Griffiths MP has urged the Government to consider a further cut in beer duty in the 2015 Budget.

Goverment publishes revised personal licence application form

16-Dec-2014 - The Government has finally published the regulations which revise the application form which must be used to renew personal licences from 5 January 2014.

Wine bar faces prosecution after liquid nitrogen cocktail almost kills drinker

16-Dec-2014 - The director and one employee of a bar where a teenage girl was seriously injured after drinking a liquid nitrogen cocktail have been charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

JD Wetherspoon cleans up at toilet awards

16-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has won ten accolades at the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.

Thierry Henry joins Sky Sports

16-Dec-2014 - Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football and will join Sky Sports as a football expert and ambassador from the start of 2015.   

Liverpool council to consult on late-night levy next month

15-Dec-2014 - Liverpool City Council has said it will launch a consultation on the possible introduction of late-night levy in January.

New Premier League TV deal to include Friday night football

15-Dec-2014 - Pubs will have the opportunity to screen live Premier League football on Friday nights as part of a new TV rights deal up for grabs in the new year.

Home Office stats show rise in number of licensed premises

15-Dec-2014 - The number of licensed premises in England and Wales has risen 3% in the last five years to reach 204,300 as of 31 March 2014.

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Legal Q&A: Private birthday parties and wine measurements

Legal Q&A: Private birthday parties and wine measurements

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Legal advice: The risk of fire is always present

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