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

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.

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.

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