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JD Wetherspoon launches Olympic-inspired training for 32,000 staff

24-Apr-2014 - JD Wetherspoon is aiming to train all 32,000 of its front-line staff using the same programme as volunteers at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

BrewDog opens first craft beer bottle shop in London

24-Apr-2014 - BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, will open its first craft beer bottle shop tomorrow (25 April).

Not preparing for the World Cup could be an own goal for publicans

24-Apr-2014 - With just seven weeks to go until the World Cup, publicans are being urged to kick off their plans for the big event or face missing out.

Milton Keynes facing second late-night levy proposal

24-Apr-2014 - Milton Keynes could be the first town in the UK to face a second late-night levy proposal, after the first was narrowly rejected by its licensing committee last October.

Rising cost of alcohol could explain drop in serious violence rates, new research reveals

23-Apr-2014 - Falling alcohol consumption and rising costs may have contributed to a decline in violence across England and Wales, new research has suggested.

St Austell Brewery opens its first coffee shop

23-Apr-2014 - Cornish brewer St Austell has opened the first of its Brewer & Bean outlets at the Great Western Hotel in Newquay.

Feeding school kids could help more pubs survive, says pubs minister

23-Apr-2014 - Offering school meals at lunch times would help struggling pubs survive and provide children with “really good quality food”, according to community pubs minister Brandon Lewis.

BBPA says 'alarmist' ad exaggerates cancer risk of alcohol

23-Apr-2014 - An advert showing a man drinking a glass of beer with a tumour inside does not over-emphasise the risk of alcohol, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

Community group launches share offer for Red Lion in Sidbury

23-Apr-2014 - Campaigners hoping to save a Devonshire village pub have launched a share offer, after Punch Taverns agreed to sell the property to a community enterprise group for £190,000 — significantly below its original asking price of £295,000.

Most young managers run £1m+ turnover pubs, says Perceptions survey

23-Apr-2014 - Most pub managers under 30 are running businesses with a turnover of more than a million pounds, with fewer than three years training to gain the position, according to a survey by Pub & Bar Careers Perceptions.

Event-less March sees a fall in ‘drinking out’ spend

23-Apr-2014 - Households spent 6% less on drinking out of home in March than in February, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

Frustration builds as one year passes with no Government response on statutory code

22-Apr-2014 - Publicans have been left “clinging on” by the year-long wait for a Government response on pubco reform, industry figures have told the PMA.

Bernard Brindley: Tributes pour in following news of his death

22-Apr-2014 - Tributes have flooded in for Bernard Brindley, who died suddenly last weekend at the age of 63.

Wetherspoon boss criticises rival pubcos’ 'financial misjudgement'

22-Apr-2014 - JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has voiced most direct criticism yet of his rival pub companies for failing to support the industry’s VAT campaign.

PRS Music Makeover 2013 winner announced

22-Apr-2014 - A Leicestershire publican has been announced the winner of PRS for Music’s Music Makeover 2013 competition.

Fall in number of councils considering a Late-Night Levy

22-Apr-2014 - The number of licensing authorities in England and Wales considering the introduction a late-night levy has fallen sharply, an annual survey by Poppleston Allen has found.

PMA survey shows a third of tenants and lessees struggling to survive

22-Apr-2014 - Licensees running tenanted or leased (T&L) pubs have more money, health and housing worries than their freeholder or general manager counterparts, examination of the PMA’s recent survey of publicans’ wellbeing survey shows.

Black Sheep becomes Cask Marque training centre

22-Apr-2014 - Black Sheep brewery has been designated as a Cask Marque Training Centre of Excellence. 

BII chairman Bernard Brindley dies

21-Apr-2014 - Bernard Brindley, the pub industry stalwart and chairman of the BII (British Institute of Innkeeping), has died, aged 63.

Two thirds of UK drinkers mistakenly believe wine is healthier than beer

17-Apr-2014 - A poll carried out for the Campaign for Real Ale has shown most British drinkers think wine is a healthier tipple than beer.

Great British Pub Awards 2014 – open for your entries

17-Apr-2014 - The search is now on for the best pubs in Britain in the Great British Pub Awards 2014.

Licensee tells Prime Minister business rates are 'crippling' rural pubs

17-Apr-2014 - A North Yorkshire publican has written to the Prime Minister warning him that village pubs will struggle to survive unless action is taken to address “crippling” and “ever increasing” business rates.

Results of PMA survey show publicans worried about health, wealth and family life

17-Apr-2014 - Significant numbers of publicans are struggling under the weight of worries about money, housing, family life and their health.

Sky, Premier League and FACT explain the full story behind football screening prosecutions

16-Apr-2014 - Recent cases have seen pubs fined as much as £65,000 for illegally screening football games. But many publicans say they are still confused about why these actions are being taken and exactly what the legal situation is. Mike Berry and James Wallin spoke to senior figures involved in the screening of football matches to get to the bottom of the issue:

Licensee wins chance to see his pub recreated in Rio

16-Apr-2014 - The licensee of freehold the Old Star Inn in Winsford, Cheshire and nine of his customers are heading to Rio in June after winning a competition organised by crisp brand McCoy's.

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