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

Average leisure spend down 6% year-on-year with drinking out worst affected

24-Oct-2014 - September saw average household spend on eating out rise 7% year-on-year while the figure for drinking out dropped 6%.

Ten things you may have missed this week

24-Oct-2014 - Too busy to catch up on all the news brought to you by the Publican's Morning Advertiser this week? Here's a quick rundown on what you may have missed.

Enterprise Inns salutes its Community Heroes

23-Oct-2014 - Adrian Emmett of The Lion in Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan, was last night named as the national award winner of Enterprise Inns Community Heroes scheme.

Spirits Summit: The best images from Twitter & Instagram

23-Oct-2014 - On Tuesday (21 October) this week the inaugural Spirits Summit took place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, where the great and the good from the world of spirits came together to discuss the industry. Social media lit up with images, comments and questions from the summit, which involved tastings, debates, and a tour of local bars. Here are a few pictures to offer a flavour of the event.

Fleurets warns of 'lack of transparency' in rental market

23-Oct-2014 - New lettings can often lack transparency and are not representative of the “true market” Fleurets, the leisure property specialist has warned lessees.

Make Some Noise: "We appealed against 'barely audible' condition and it was tightened to 'inaudible'"

23-Oct-2014 - An Isle of Wight publican has hit out at his local council forcing music in his bar to be “inaudible”, after he appealed against an existing condition on his licence.

Pubcos say statutory code 'seeks to abolish the tie by the back door'

23-Oct-2014 - Pubcos have ended their silence on the Government’s statutory code proposals, branding them potentially illegal and saying they would create “uncertainty and disruption” across the sector.

Deregulation of entertainment likely for Spring

22-Oct-2014 - The Government’s proposals to relax live music licensing laws for pubs are set to come into effect next Spring.

Suffolk licensees fear trade drop after Hurricane Gonzalo hits region

22-Oct-2014 - Suffolk publicans are concerned about a drop in trade due to flooding, as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps across the region.

Spirit tenant hits out at pubco's 'insulting' email on beer line cleaning

22-Oct-2014 - A Spirit Leased tenant has hit out at the pub company sending “insulting” emails demanding beer lines be cleaned more frequently without offering to reimburse the cost.

Matthew Clark says demand for UK products has helped boost sales

22-Oct-2014 - On-trade supplier Matthew Clark has seen sales rise sharply, boosted by demands for English wines and beers.

CPL launches new food allergens e-learning course

21-Oct-2014 - CPL Online has developed a new e-learning course on food allergens.

PubAid pledges to take charity message to consumers

21-Oct-2014 - PubAid plans to step up its campaign to highlight the charitable work done by the pub trade by focussing on consumers.

BrewDog to unveil 16 collaboration beers at craft festival

21-Oct-2014 - BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, will unveil 16 unique collaboration beers at its second annual craft festival on Saturday (25 October).

Borel willing to withdraw alcohol from VAT cut demands

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has admitted that withdrawing alcohol from his fight to cut VAT may be a ‘realistic concession’.

Government u-turn on pub closing times

21-Oct-2014 - New Government guidance has told councils they can consider zoning and staggering closing times, despite expressly advising against the policies 10 years earlier

Hall & Woodhouse awards its top performing pubs

21-Oct-2014 - Hall & Woodhouse, the independent family brewer, has announced the winners of its 2014 awards.

Swansea pub installs self-service bar so punters can pour their own pints

21-Oct-2014 - A Swansea licensee has installed a self-service bar in his pub, so customers can beat the queues and pour their own pints.

Police get new powers to close 'problem pubs'

20-Oct-2014 - New powers have come into force which make it easier for police and local authorities to force a pub to shut immediately and restrict access to the premises.

BBPA launches new scheme for brewers to cut cost of packaging waste

20-Oct-2014 - Wells & Youngs and Hook Norton have signed up to a new packaging compliance scheme from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), to cut the cost of waste.

Enterprise tenant of the Pattenmakers Arms quits pub

20-Oct-2014 - The licensee of the Pattenmakers Arms in Derbyshire has handed her keys back to Enterprise Inns, seven months after reaching a new five-year agreement with the pubco.

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.

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