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Pubs trading with 'illicit' wholesalers could face 'signficant penalties', HMRC warns

02-Sep-2014 - Publicans who purchase stock from unregistered wholesalers could face “significant penalties” under new legislation designed to tackle alcohol duty fraud, HM Revenue & Customs has warned.

Innserve celebrates tenth birthday

02-Sep-2014 - Drinks dispense service provider Innserve is celebrating its tenth birthday.

Shepherd Neame marks 25th anniversary of Faversham Hop Festival

02-Sep-2014 - Kent brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame rolled a barrel of beer through the streets of Faversham last weekend to mark the 25th year of the town’s Hop Festival.

Linking guest and staff feedback ‘a major opportunity’ for pub companies

02-Sep-2014 - Engagement with customers and employees is vital for operators but few companies consciously link the two together and more “joined up thinking” is needed, according to a survey of 93 senior executives from leading UK eating and drinking-out chains.

Bombardier promotion re-launched after support from Rik Mayall's family

02-Sep-2014 - Wells and Young’s has relaunched promotion of Bombardier, after seeking the support of Rik Mayall’s family.

Pubcos ‘not fit’ to own music venues

02-Sep-2014 - Pubs and venues with a key focus on live music should be owned by the charity and arts sectors rather than large pub companies whose main interest is selling beer, according to a lobbyist.

Adnams appeals for wild hops to make new beer

01-Sep-2014 - Adnams has launched a Suffolk-wide appeal for donations of wild and garden hops and is urging beer lovers to report sightings of them growing to help create its new Wild Hop beer, due to be launched this autumn.

Enterprise to offer MatchPint discount to all its tenants

01-Sep-2014 - Enterprise Inns is rolling its partnership with MatchPint out across its estate after a successful trial.

Alcohol-related crime has dropped 32% in past decade

01-Sep-2014 - The public and police see local partnership schemes as key to cutting rates of alcohol-related crime that have fallen significantly in recent years, new research shows.

Pubs most common type of community asset

01-Sep-2014 - Pubs are by far the most common type of community assets registered by councils, making up more than a third of the total listed, according to new research.

Councils still failing to correctly inform businesses about rates refunds

01-Sep-2014 - More than 90% of councils have have not informed firms that they are still able to back-date a claim under the Small Business Rates Relief scheme, according to a new study.

Harveys to convert half its pubs to managed model in response to statutory code

01-Sep-2014 - Sussex brewer and tenanted pub company Harveys is to develop a directly managed pub business that will eventually run as many as half of its 48 pubs.

Molson Coors UK & Ireland managing director Cox to head Europe operation

01-Sep-2014 - Molson Coors has announced that current UK and Ireland managing director Simon Cox is to leave his role and succeed Mark Hunter as chief executive of the Europe division.

Arkell’s renews sponsorship deal with Swindon Town

29-Aug-2014 - Arkell’s Brewery has renewed its sponsorship of Swindon Town, signing a six-figure deal for the next three years.

Greene King expands its Local Hero scheme

29-Aug-2014 - A Greene King initiative encouraging pubs to champion all things local has now reached 30 pubs.

Greater Manchester to review licensing powers under new alcohol strategy

29-Aug-2014 - Councils, health services, and police in Greater Manchester have officially teamed up to tackle alcohol abuse under a new strategy that includes the review of licensing powers.

Licensees ordered to pay record £22k for illegal football screening

29-Aug-2014 - A record fine has brought the total cost to licensees of illegally showing Sky Sports to almost £70,000 so far this season.

BrewDog pubs to offer student discounts

29-Aug-2014 - BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, is offering a 15% discount to students at all its 17 UK bars between midday and 5pm on weekdays.

New wi-fi accreditation scheme for businesses launches

29-Aug-2014 - Publicans can now sign up to a new wi-fi accreditation scheme to verify that their business’ internet is properly filtered.

VIDEO: Marston's documentary to air tonight

29-Aug-2014 - Marston’s staff will star in their own primetime documentary this evening.

Admiral introduces dedicated compliance workshop for tenants

29-Aug-2014 - Admiral Taverns has launched a workshop to help its licensees keep up to speed with red tape.

Whisky producers call on Scots to vote no to independence

28-Aug-2014 - Leading figures in the Scotch whisky industry have added their names to a call for a no vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.

Yummy to open sixth site 'early next year'

28-Aug-2014 - Yummy Pub Co is planning to open its sixth site “early next year”, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser has learnt.

Punch shares top marketing tips as it celebrates licensees’ success

28-Aug-2014 - Punch Taverns has stressed the importance of effective marketing as it praised eight pubs who have shown innovation in promoting events at ther pub.

VIDEO: Marston’s CEO takes on ice bucket challenge

28-Aug-2014 - Marston’s chief executive, Ralph Findlay, has become the first major industry figure to take on the ice bucket challenge.

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