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

PMA launches Try January campaign

17-Dec-2014 - The Publican’s Morning Advertiser today launches a campaign for pubs and bars to reclaim January and challenge people to try new drinks and dishes and make the month more inspiring and experimental.

Bromley pub the Porcupine saved from conversion into Lidl

17-Dec-2014 - A much-loved Bromley pub has been saved from conversion after the Planning Inspectorate dismissed an appeal by Lidl against the local council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

Great British Pub Award winner takes on second Sussex site

17-Dec-2014 - A licensee who won Best Turnaround Pub 2013 in the Great British Pub Awards has taken on a second site.

McMullen pays bonuses to more than half its tenants

17-Dec-2014 - Hertfordshire-based brewer and pub operator McMullen has paid out bonuses of up to £10,000 to more than half its tenants for driving tied sales above expectations.

Lawyer warns publicans over personal licence renewals

17-Dec-2014 - A leading licensing lawyer has urged English and Welsh publicans to act swiftly in renewing their personal licences, following new figures that show thousands of Scottish licences are set to be revoked after holders failed to meet Government deadlines.

Be At One to launch ‘Try January’ campaign

17-Dec-2014 - Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail chain, is planning a new marketing campaign for the new year called “Try January”.

BII launches roadshows to help licensees grow their businesses

16-Dec-2014 - The British Institute of Innkeping (BII) is launching a series of roadshow events to help licensees develop their businesses.

Andrew Griffiths MP calls for beer duty cut hat-trick

16-Dec-2014 - All Party Parliamentary Beer Group chairman Andrew Griffiths MP has urged the Government to consider a further cut in beer duty in the 2015 Budget.

Goverment publishes revised personal licence application form

16-Dec-2014 - The Government has finally published the regulations which revise the application form which must be used to renew personal licences from 5 January 2014.

Wine bar faces prosecution after liquid nitrogen cocktail almost kills drinker

16-Dec-2014 - The director and one employee of a bar where a teenage girl was seriously injured after drinking a liquid nitrogen cocktail have been charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

JD Wetherspoon cleans up at toilet awards

16-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has won ten accolades at the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.

Thierry Henry joins Sky Sports

16-Dec-2014 - Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football and will join Sky Sports as a football expert and ambassador from the start of 2015.   

Liverpool council to consult on late-night levy next month

15-Dec-2014 - Liverpool City Council has said it will launch a consultation on the possible introduction of late-night levy in January.

New Premier League TV deal to include Friday night football

15-Dec-2014 - Pubs will have the opportunity to screen live Premier League football on Friday nights as part of a new TV rights deal up for grabs in the new year.

Home Office stats show rise in number of licensed premises

15-Dec-2014 - The number of licensed premises in England and Wales has risen 3% in the last five years to reach 204,300 as of 31 March 2014.

London multiple operator creates Distinct Pubs

15-Dec-2014 - The team behind two London pubs have acquired a third and brought them under the banner of Distinct Pubs.

Fancy that! The quirkiest stories of 2014

15-Dec-2014 - The Publican's Morning Advertiser takes you on a journey through a collection of the most interesting, quirky and comic stories of 2014.

Licensee of X Factor winner's local pub praised for assisting singing career

15-Dec-2014 - The publican of the Swan in West Wickham has been praised for helping launch the career of this year's X Factor winner, Ben Haenow.

Trade bodies urge Chancellor to 'Drop the Duty' on wines and spirits

15-Dec-2014 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has launched its campaign to lobby for a 2% cut in duty on wine and spirits.

Enterprise Inns halts lessee’s assignment ‘because of MRO’

15-Dec-2014 - An Enterprise Inns lessee has had her assignment process halted by the pubco at the last minute because of uncertainty surrounding new government legislation.

Maggi make charity call for chef 'festive selfies'

12-Dec-2014 - Maggi has called on chefs to post festive selfies in aid of industry charity Hospitality Action.

Pint purchase app released by publican

12-Dec-2014 - A Thornton Heath publican has launched a new ‘pub credit’ website that allows people to buy their mates a pint remotely.

Saved Spurs pub seeking manager

12-Dec-2014 - Local residents who saved Tottenham's Antwerp Arms from potentially being turned into flats are now looking to recruit staff.

Greene King 'dragon's den' backs pub poetry and 80s concept

12-Dec-2014 - A Greene King tenant has secured backing from the pubco to roll out a concept bringing together poetry and pubs as part of a 'dragon's den' style contest.

First community-owned pub on housing estate to re-open

12-Dec-2014 - Britain’s first ever community-owned pub on a housing estate is re-opening after a three-year campaign by residents.

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