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

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.

Restrictive covenants 'no longer' an issue, say industry figures

17-Sep-2014 - The Government’s consultation on restrictive covenants on pub sales is ‘outdated and irrelevant’, leading industry figures have claimed.

Publicans pay £180k in a year for illegal football screenings

17-Sep-2014 - In the past year, publicans have been ordered to pay £180,000 through criminal convictions for illegally screening football games.

Alcohol sales fall but value remains flat as customers increasingly ‘trade up’

17-Sep-2014 - Total alcohol sales fell by 3% in the last year but value remained flat as customers drank less but increasingly opted for premium products, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Trade warning over pubs code threat to temporary tenancies

17-Sep-2014 - Thousands of pubs could remain shut for longer than is necessary unless the Government removes temporary tenancy agreements from the new pubs code, senior industry figures have warned.

One in seven parents mistakenly thinks underage drinking is on the rise

17-Sep-2014 - New research has shown that parents continue to wildly overestimate how many young people have tried alcohol, despite falling rates of underage drinking.

Fair Pint and BBPA among witnesses for MPs' pubs code debate

16-Sep-2014 - Pub campaigners and industry bodies will share a platform next month as they give evidence to the committee discussing the Government’s pubs code proposals.

Leading industry figures sign open letter demanding business rates overhaul

16-Sep-2014 - More than 100 companies, including leading firms in the pub trade, have signed an open letter calling for an overhaul of the business rates system.

Scottish pubs report boost in business as referendum nears

16-Sep-2014 - Pubs across Scotland have said business is booming as the independence campaign enters it final 24 hours.

Glasgow pub changes its name to Yesbar ahead of referendum

16-Sep-2014 - With just two days to go until the Scottish referendum, one publican couple are making it very clear which side they are on.

Winner of Jack Daniel's Spirit of Jack competition announced

16-Sep-2014 - The Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot has triumphed in the PMA’s quest to find pubs celebrating the gift of music.

Five pubs win Sawday's hotel awards

16-Sep-2014 - Five pubs with rooms have received special recognition in the first Sawday’s British Hotel Awards.

Breathalyser trial launches in pubs in North Leicestershire

15-Sep-2014 - Breathalyser tests and alcohol calculators are being trialled in pubs in two Leicestershire towns as part of Alcohol Awareness Week (15 – 21 September).

Great British Pub Awards 2014: Quiz raises £5,000 for Licensed Trade Charity

15-Sep-2014 - Guests at last week’s Great British Pub Awards raised more than £5,000 for the Licensed Trade Charity’s (LTC) Support & Care service.

Finalists announced for BBPA awards 2014

15-Sep-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association has announced the shortlist for its annual awards.

Customer service in hospitality not up to scratch

15-Sep-2014 - Customer service skills are not up to the standard desired by employers in the hospitality industry, according to new research.

ALMR honours the best of the late-night sector

15-Sep-2014 - The winners of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Late Night Awards were announced at the second annual Dusk ‘til Dawn ceremony yesterday.

VIDEO: Interviews with Great British Pub Awards' winners

15-Sep-2014 - The winners of the Great British Pub Awards, including the winners of the overall Pub of the Year, talk to The Publican's Morning Advertiser's news editor James Wallin about their success.

VIDEO: Community pubs minister Kris Hopkins says 'pubs are a treasured part of the economy'

15-Sep-2014 - Community pubs minister Kris Hopkins tells the industry at the Great British Pub Awards that it is a 'treasured part of the UK economy' and that he wants to do help the industry to thrive.

Hospitality trade most likely to leave appliances plugged in

15-Sep-2014 - New research from E.ON has revealed that 57% of all catering or hospitality businesses are likely to leave their equipment on when not in use.

PHOTOS: Great British Pub Awards 2014 - party pics

12-Sep-2014 - The Great British Pub Awards took place at London's Park Lane Hilton on Thursday, 11 September. After a Champagne reception, fantastic three-course meal, entertainment and the 17 awards were handed out, it was time for the 700 guests to party until the small hours at the sports-themed after party.

Premier League announces crackdown on illegal supply of set top boxes

12-Sep-2014 - The Premier League has announced a partnership with media protection firm Idreto to investigate the supply of set-top boxes allowing pubs to illegally screen matches.

PHOTOS: Great British Pub Awards 2014 - the winners

12-Sep-2014 - Check out our gallery of winners from the Great British Pub Awards 2014, held at London's Park Lane Hilton on 11 September 2014.

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