The latest news and developments concerning the pub trade from our team of dedicated industry journalists
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
18-Dec-2014 - ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme, screened on ITV last night (Thursday, 18 December), focused on the threat to the British pub.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17-Dec-2014 - A licensee who won Best Turnaround Pub 2013 in the Great British Pub Awards has taken on a second site.
17-Dec-2014 - Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail chain, is planning a new marketing campaign for the new year called “Try January”.
16-Dec-2014 - The British Institute of Innkeping (BII) is launching a series of roadshow events to help licensees develop their businesses.
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.
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.
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.
16-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has won ten accolades at the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.
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.
15-Dec-2014 - Liverpool City Council has said it will launch a consultation on the possible introduction of late-night levy in January.
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.
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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