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

Snug Bars and Laine Pub Company sign up to Tax Equality Day

27-Aug-2014 - Multiple operators Snug bars and Laine Pub Company have agreed to take part in Tax Equality Day on Wednesday 24 September.

Enterprise sees 66% hike in Community Heroes entries

27-Aug-2014 - Enterprise Inns has seen a record number of entries for its Community Heroes awards.

Mike Gatting bats questions in pub Q&A

27-Aug-2014 - England cricket legend Mike Gatting was guest of honour at a Shropshire pub after the publicans won a competition run through the PMA.

WHO calls for ban on e-cigarettes indoors

27-Aug-2014 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the use of e-cigarettes indoors should be prohibited.

Accountancy firms eyes pub growth after toasting takeover

27-Aug-2014 - An accountancy firm that serves more than 300 publicans and pub companies says it is targeting growth as it celebrates a takeover deal.

Greene King staff raise £1.2m for cancer charity

27-Aug-2014 - Greene King has exceeded its £1 million fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support by £200,000.

Glasgow nightclub adverts 'could be seen by under-18s and encouraged excessive drinking', ASA claims

27-Aug-2014 - Three adverts posted on a Glasgow nightclub’s Facebook page, and one promotion on its website, have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) code of practice for advertising to under-18s and encouraging excessive drinking.

Pub owner wins appeal against ACV listing

26-Aug-2014 - The owner of a pub that has been closed for seven years has successfully appealed the listing of his site as an asset of community value (ACV).

Ten things you may have missed last week (August 15-22)

25-Aug-2014 - From the opening of the football season to the latest on the upcoming industry Oscars, here are ten things you may have missed on the PMA website

Alcohol-free beer more socially acceptable

25-Aug-2014 - It is becoming more socially acceptable to order alcohol-free beer at a pub, according to new research out today.

Manchester proposes licensing powers review to reduce £1.2bn alcohol bill

22-Aug-2014 - Pubs in Greater Manchester could face a crackdown on licensing from police and councils, following a new report that reveals excessive drinking costs the region £1.2bn each year.

Spirit launches degree programme for general managers

22-Aug-2014 - Spirit Pub Company has launched a degree programme for its general managers as part of its ongoing partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University.

Licensees call for end to Saturday football screening ban

21-Aug-2014 - Publicans have called for an end to the ban on the screening of Premier League games at 3pm on Saturdays.

Arran Brewery calls time on Pier Head Tavern

21-Aug-2014 - Arran Brewery has surrendered the Punch Taverns lease of the Pier Head Tavern to ‘prevent the risk of damaging the brand’s reputation’.

ALMR reveals Late Night Awards nominees

21-Aug-2014 - Stonegate and Luminar are leading the nominations for this year's Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Late Night Awards.

Carlsberg's Premier Sports club goes online

21-Aug-2014 - Carlsberg UK has launched an online facility that gives on-trade members of its live sport package the opportunity to create customised, promotional marketing content for their digital channels.

Publican slams Star's environmental credentials after solar panels refusal

21-Aug-2014 - A Star Pubs & Bars tenant has been left dismayed after being refused permission to fit solar panels on his pub.

Government approves new chef apprenticeship standards

20-Aug-2014 - New chef apprenticeship standards developed by the hospitality industry’s Trailblazer Group have been approved by Government.

Licensees of North London pub hit with £12k fine for illegally showing Sky Sports

20-Aug-2014 - Licensees of a North London pub have been ordered to pay more than £12,000 after being found guilty of illegally showing a Sky Sports football match.

Household leisure spend grows 12% in July

20-Aug-2014 - Household spending on leisure grew 12% to £202 in July, with the good weather causing the amount spent on drinking out to grow 14% to £45.84 while eating out spend rose 5% to £75.71, according to the Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

Noise law changes urged to save live music pubs

20-Aug-2014 - The Government must relax noise abatement legislation and pass the responsibility for minimising disturbance away from pubs and clubs and on to residents and developers, lobbyists have urged.

Marston’s chief blames politicians for piling financial pressures on to marginal pubs

20-Aug-2014 - The chief executive of Marston’s has written to a campaigner trying to save one of the brewer’s pubs from closure to say the actions of politicians have hit community locals hard.

Star trains mystery shoppers to spot pint perfection

19-Aug-2014 - Star Pub & Bars is training 80 mystery shoppers to be able to recognise the perfect pint across the pub company’s estate.

Hospitality sector employs over two million people

19-Aug-2014 - The hospitality industry now employs more than two million people, after creating 118,000 new jobs in the past year, new statistics reveal.

Free download: Brands Report 2014

19-Aug-2014 - Don't leave your drinks stocking decisions to chance. Instead, be guided by the Brands Report 2014 - valuable insight into which brands and their variants are selling fastest, as well as those falling out of favour. Download the report for FREE today.

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