The latest news and developments concerning the pub trade from our team of dedicated industry journalists
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17-Oct-2014 - Two pub operators have been recognised in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014.
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.
17-Oct-2014 - Exasperated publicans have started leaving forthright responses to bad TripAdvisor reviews or ignoring the website altogether.
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.
16-Oct-2014 - The Publican Awards has been shortlisted for a prestigious event industry award.
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.
16-Oct-2014 - A licensee has criticised the Advertising Standards Agency for launching an investigation into a “provocative” advert which he had already pulled.
16-Oct-2014 - Pubs in London saw a sales boost in September but venues outside the M25 stalled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15-Oct-2014 - The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, joined forces with Timothy Taylor’s to raise £65,000 for charity.
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.
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.
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.
14-Oct-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned that each pub could face a £350 hike in its business rates bill if the Government does not announce a freeze in the tax multiplier in December's Autumn Statement.
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