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

Home Office issues guidance on personal licence renewals

28-Nov-2014 - The Home Office has published guidance outlining how publicans need to renew personal licences, but has not yet provided the new application form or set a date for when the deregulation of the licences will come into force.

Government suggests restrictions on microphones and dance floors in pubs

28-Nov-2014 - Pubs could be forced to limit the use or volume of microphones on open-mic nights and restrict access to dance floors, under new draft guidance from the Government on its changes to music licensing laws.

VIDEO: Tom Kerridge on the MRO vote and tied leases

28-Nov-2014 - The Publican's Morning Advertiser interviewed Tom Kerridge and head chef Nick Beardshaw at his imminently opening Enterprise Inns' pub, The Coach. 

'Drunk sales' prosecutions fall in 2013

28-Nov-2014 - Just 10 people were prosecuted in England and Wales last year for selling alcohol to a drunk person, official figures have shown.

CAMRA reveals National Pub of the Year finalists

28-Nov-2014 - Pubs from Kent, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Gloucestershire are set to battle it out to be crowned Britain’s best boozer, in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) national competition.

Star Pubs & Bars announces annual award winners

28-Nov-2014 - Star Pubs & Bars has praised its outstanding lessees at its annual awards, with multiple operators scooping a quarter of the gongs.

Penzance nightclub wins national Best Bar None award

27-Nov-2014 - Sound nightclub in Penzance, Cornwall, has been crowned the National Best Bar None (BBN) Winner of 2014.

Existing licensing powers of entry to remain unchanged, says Home Office

27-Nov-2014 - The Home Office has decided to maintain the existing powers of entry under the Licensing Act, following a review into the measures.

Run a pub? Take our survey on the new allergen laws

27-Nov-2014 - In just over two weeks new EU rules on displaying allergen information for all food and drink will come into force.

Make Some Noise: Planning 'to blame' for noise disputes says CIEH

27-Nov-2014 - Disputes between publicans and residents over noise is a fault of weakened planning controls not noise legislation, the principal policy officer at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has claimed.

Mulholland tells brewing pubcos to 'work with me' on MRO clause

26-Nov-2014 - Save the Pub Group chair Greg Mulholland MP has issued an ultimatum to the three large brewing pubcos to work with him or risk losing the right in the new pubs code to insist tenants sell their brands in their pubs.

Head-to-Head: Brigid Simmonds and Greg Mulholland on MRO option

26-Nov-2014 - British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds and Greg Mulholland MP, who tabled the market rent only amendment, share their views on the implications of the new clause

Punch offers advice to tenants ahead of new allergen laws

26-Nov-2014 - Punch Taverns has reminded licensees that it is offering help with implementation of the new allergen laws.

One in four plan to spend less on eating and drinking out this Christmas

26-Nov-2014 - One in four people intend to spend less on eating and drinking out this Christmas, according to a new poll.

Tenants groups hail MRO clause in pubs code

25-Nov-2014 - Tenant groups have expressed their delight at last week’s vote by MPs to include a market rent-only (MRO) clause in the statutory pubs code, claiming its introduction will be transformational for tied tenants.

Make Some Noise: Kris Hopkins backs campaign

25-Nov-2014 - Community Pubs Minister Kris Hopkins has backed the Publican's Morning Advertiser’s Make Some Noise campaign and pledged to issue guidance for local authorities to help pubs in the plight they face.

Legal challenge against MRO in pubs code 'would fail'

25-Nov-2014 - There is no scope for a legal challenge against the market rent only clause in the pubs code, a leading competition lawyer has claimed.

Tyneside licensee launches virtual pub tour

24-Nov-2014 - A Tyneside licensee has embedded a virtual tour of his pub on its website, to show off the outlet to prospective customers and display the well-kept cellar.

Research shows potential for growth in post-work spirits

24-Nov-2014 - New research has shown that pubs and bars could maximise profits by capitalising on latent demand for spirit-based drinks in the early evening.

Arkell’s spends £35,000 on new barrels

24-Nov-2014 - Arkell’s Brewery has invested £35,000 on 500 new stainless steel barrels, to replace the aluminium casks that have been in use since the 1960s.

Luminar managers join street pastors on patrol

24-Nov-2014 - Luminar, the UK’s largest late-night operator, is encouraging its managers to go out on patrol with their local Street Pastors teams.

BII launches search for industry’s best licensee

24-Nov-2014 - The search has begun to find the UK’s best licensee with the launch of the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) Licensee of the Year Award 2015 today.

Chef Claude Compton to open Fulham pub

24-Nov-2014 - Former Petersham Nurseries chef Claude Compton has said he would look to open more pubs if his initial site in Fulham is a success.

Enterprise reveals managed estate details

24-Nov-2014 - Enterprise Inns has revealed the locations of its 10 initial managed sites, which includes at least two “semi-managed” pubs.

Pints for pooches: Beer for dogs launched in UK

21-Nov-2014 - A new beer for dogs brewed in Belgium has been launched in the UK.

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