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

AA reveals its pubs of the year and honours Nathan Outlaw

23-Sep-2014 - The AA Hospitality Awards have revealed their pubs of the year and named Nathan Outlaw as Chefs' Chef of the Year.

VIDEO: Sky Great British Pub of the Year 2014 - The Grafton, Kentish Town

23-Sep-2014 - The Publican's Morning Advertiser caught up with the winners of the Great British Pub of the Year to find out what they thought of winning, and how they developed the Grafton in Kentish Town into an award-winning pub.

BBPA welcomes Labour change of heart over duty hike

23-Sep-2014 - British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds has welcomed a seeming Labour u-turn over beer duty.

Government launches faster broadband grant for small businesses

23-Sep-2014 - The Government has launched a new grant for small businesses to cover the costs of installing faster broadband.

Admiral offers tenants chance to sell their own beer

23-Sep-2014 - Admiral Taverns is offering tenants the chance to stock their own bespoke beer.

‘Incredibly dishonest’ pubco director sentenced for fraud

23-Sep-2014 - A former pub operator has been branded a “chancer and a conman” as he was sentenced for attempting steal more than £130,000 through fraudulent VAT claims.

Serving beer is 'not rocket science', says Micropub Association founder

23-Sep-2014 - Serving beer is “not rocket science”, the founder of the Micropub Association has claimed, after predicting that the movement will reach 100 sites nationwide by the end of the year.

Miliband pledges to cut business rates but Cable stays silent on reduction for pubs

22-Sep-2014 - The Labour Party is set to commit to a 1% cut in business rates if it wins next year’s general election.

Borel says VAT stunt will be a hit with pub customers

22-Sep-2014 - VAT cut campaigner Jacques Borel has predicted a wave of support from customers for Tax Equality Day.

ACPO licensing lead says on-trade not doing enough to tackle binge drinking

19-Sep-2014 - The Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on licensing has said efforts by the on-trade to tackle alcohol misuse have “barely scratched the surface” of the problem.

Greene King gives £15k to Pub is the Hub

19-Sep-2014 - Greene King has donated £15,000 to Pub is the Hub for the second year running to support rural pubs who want to help their communities.

Craft Beer Co, Laine Pub Company and Glendola bosses among MA300 Brighton speakers

19-Sep-2014 - The man behind Enterprise Inns’ first managed site, the founder of Craft Beer Co and some of the brightest lights in the Brighton pub scene are among the speakers at next week’s MA300.

Young's offers free pints to celebrate 183rd birthday

19-Sep-2014 - Young’s, the London-based pub company, is giving away free pints of its beer to celebrate its 183rd birthday.

Pubs lead boom in hospitality recruitment

18-Sep-2014 - Pubs dominated the growth in hospitality recruitment in the last quarter with a 50% hike, according to a new report.

Pub companies outline their plans for Cask Ale Week

18-Sep-2014 - Cask Ale Week (CAW) 2014 is almost upon us. Here is a rundown of what some brewers and pub companies have planned…

Punch Taverns offers £5m of giveaways for tenants at its 2014 roadshows

18-Sep-2014 - Punch Taverns has revealed the dates for its 2014 roadshows and urged tenants to take advantage of the special discounts and deals on offer.

Southampton City Council approves late-night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council is the seventh local authority to rubber-stamp proposals for a late-night levy.

Upham says pubs can benefit from sponsorship deal with London Irish

18-Sep-2014 - Upham Brewery has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with London Irish rugby club and wants publicans to share the benefits.

A 2% cut in duty is not 'asking for the world,' says WSTA chief

18-Sep-2014 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is reaching out to pubs and bars to help achieve a 2% cut in duty in the next budget.

Hospitality dazzles at Women 1st Shine Awards

18-Sep-2014 - Women in the hospitality sector were recognised in the 2014 Women 1st Shine Awards, which also inducted 17 businesswomen into the Women 1st Top 100 Club.

Home Office advises councils to use hospital data in licence reviews

18-Sep-2014 - The Government is set to advise councils to include data such as A&E admissions and complaints about sleep deprivation or light pollution as evidence in licence reviews, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands.

Stonegate launches loyalty card for students

18-Sep-2014 - Stonegate Pub Company has launched a student loyalty card that offers rewards for money spent on food and drink across its pubs.

PHOTOS: Scotch Egg Challenge 2014

17-Sep-2014 - The Cornwall project, currently holding residence at the Adam & Eve pub in east London, has won the Scotch Egg Challenge 2014 at an event run from the Ship pub in Wandsworth.

Lobbying 'has saved pub sector £120m this year'

17-Sep-2014 - Government lobbying saved the pub industry £120m in the first six months of 2014, according to the ALMR.

Luminar wins appeal against ASA ad decision

17-Sep-2014 - The Luminar Group has won its appeal against an Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruling which said one of its clubs wrongly targeted a 12-year-old with promotional alcohol offers.

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