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

SmartDispense to be rolled out to half of Star pubs

20-Oct-2014 - Star Pubs & Bars, the Heineken owned leased pub operator, is installing its SmartDispense draught cooling systems in 50% of its 1,100 strong estate by the end of 2016.

Sky reveals record rugby league coverage for 2015

20-Oct-2014 - Sky Sports has revealed it will show more rugby league than ever before next season, with around 100 live matches from the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship, Challenge Cup and World Club Series.

Former ALMR chief executive Nick Bish to assist VAT Club

20-Oct-2014 - Former Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Nick Bish has been drafted in to help boost membership of Jacques Borel’s VAT Club.

Separate categories for pubs and restaurants on TripAdvisor ‘is coming’

20-Oct-2014 - The long-awaited separation of pubs and restaurants on TripAdvisor is “on its way”, a senior figure in the company has promised.

Pub operators recognised in Observer awards

17-Oct-2014 - Two pub operators have been recognised in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014.

Drinkaware launches campaign to tackle sexual harassment in night time economy

17-Oct-2014 - Drinkaware and the Nottingham Crime & Drug Partnership have joined forces to launch a campaign to address sexual harassment in the night-time economy.

Diageo unveils spirits plan to 2020

17-Oct-2014 - Diageo has revealed “ambitious plans for this year and the following years” across its spirits portfolio - including a packaging update and shot machine for Smirnoff, an investment and new launch for Baileys, an increase in field sales teams as well as a long term plan to build its Reserve Brands business.

Admiral and Punch rule out managed route

17-Oct-2014 - Punch Taverns and Admiral Taverns have both ruled out introducing managed divisions alongside their leased and tenanted estates, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) can reveal.

Star Pubs & Bars ends disposal programme

17-Oct-2014 - Star Pubs & Bars has reassured its lessees that the sale this month of 111 pubs to Admiral is the end of the company’s disposal programme.

Report recommends pilots for a minimum price for alcohol

17-Oct-2014 - A new report commission by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for London councils to set up pilots for a minimum price for alcohol and the introduction of mandatory traffic-light labelling on menus.

Carlsberg UK strengthens executive team

17-Oct-2014 - Carlsberg UK has created two new sales directors roles in its executive team with the appointments of on- and off-trade sales directors.

Pub trade’s answer to Basil Fawlty takes on TripAdvisor critics

17-Oct-2014 - Exasperated publicans have started leaving forthright responses to bad TripAdvisor reviews or ignoring the website altogether.

Parallel rent assessment provision in pubs code 'could be unlawful', claims BBPA

16-Oct-2014 - The Government’s inclusion of parallel rent assessments in the pub statutory code risks being unlawful if it means an adjudicator could use them as a basis to determine rent, British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) policy director Andy Tighe has warned.

Publican Awards shortlisted for event industry award

16-Oct-2014 - The Publican Awards has been shortlisted for a prestigious event industry award.

Punch tenants say pubco 'must change'

16-Oct-2014 - Punch Taverns bosses have reiterated that it is “business as usual” following the long-awaited completion of its financial restructuring, despite demands for a corresponding rebalancing of its relationship with tenants.

Licensee slams ASA for ‘pointless’ investigation into nude beer pong ad

16-Oct-2014 - A licensee has criticised the Advertising Standards Agency for launching an investigation into a “provocative” advert which he had already pulled.

September sales up 4% in London pubs but flat for rest of UK

16-Oct-2014 - Pubs in London saw a sales boost in September but venues outside the M25 stalled.

NHS alcohol-related admissions near 10 million

15-Oct-2014 - The total number of alcohol-related NHS admissions hit almost 10 million during 2012-13, according to new figures from Alcohol Concern.

Tom Kerridge to front BBC Food & Drink

15-Oct-2014 - Michelin-star chef and pub licensee Tom Kerridge is to be the new face of BBC Two's Food and Drink programme, taking over from Michel Roux Junior.  

Make Some Noise in support of pubs by lobbying your MP

15-Oct-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s Make Some Noise campaign has caught the imagination of the industry – from MPs to leading pub trade figures – and now it’s your turn to have your say.

Sky Sports secures international cricket rights

15-Oct-2014 - Sky Sports has secured the rights to show international cricket’s biggest events including the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.

Timothy Taylor's supports Archbishop of York charity

15-Oct-2014 - The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, joined forces with Timothy Taylor’s to raise £65,000 for charity.

Publicans reminded they will need to give allergens advice for drinks

15-Oct-2014 - Many publicans are still unaware that beer and wine will be covered by the new allergen laws, which come into force in less than two months.

Pubco critic accuses BBPA chairman Jonathan Neame of industry code breaches

14-Oct-2014 - Anti-pubco campaigner Dave Mountford has accused the British Beer & Pub Association chairman Jonathan Neame of failing to abide by the Industry Framework Code.

Licensee recognised by PM for mental health campaigning work

14-Oct-2014 - A Leicestershire licensee has been recognised by the Prime Minister David Cameron for his work in raising awareness of mental health disorders.

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