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

Punch Taverns offers £5m of giveaways for tenants at its 2014 roadshows

18-Sep-2014 - Punch Taverns has revealed the dates for its 2014 roadshows and urged tenants to take advantage of the special discounts and deals on offer.

Southampton City Council approves late-night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council is the seventh local authority to rubber-stamp proposals for a late-night levy.

Upham says pubs can benefit from sponsorship deal with London Irish

18-Sep-2014 - Upham Brewery has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with London Irish rugby club and wants publicans to share the benefits.

A 2% cut in duty is not 'asking for the world,' says WSTA chief

18-Sep-2014 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is reaching out to pubs and bars to help achieve a 2% cut in duty in the next budget.

Hospitality dazzles at Women 1st Shine Awards

18-Sep-2014 - Women in the hospitality sector were recognised in the 2014 Women 1st Shine Awards, which also inducted 17 businesswomen into the Women 1st Top 100 Club.

Home Office advises councils to use hospital data in licence reviews

18-Sep-2014 - The Government is set to advise councils to include data such as A&E admissions and complaints about sleep deprivation or light pollution as evidence in licence reviews, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands.

Stonegate launches loyalty card for students

18-Sep-2014 - Stonegate Pub Company has launched a student loyalty card that offers rewards for money spent on food and drink across its pubs.

Pubs lead boom in hospitality recruitment

18-Sep-2014 - Pubs dominated the growth in hospitality recruitment in the last quarter with a 50% hike, according to a new report.

PHOTOS: Scotch Egg Challenge 2014

17-Sep-2014 - The Cornwall project, currently holding residence at the Adam & Eve pub in east London, has won the Scotch Egg Challenge 2014 at an event run from the Ship pub in Wandsworth.

Lobbying 'has saved pub sector £120m this year'

17-Sep-2014 - Government lobbying saved the pub industry £120m in the first six months of 2014, according to the ALMR.

Luminar wins appeal against ASA ad decision

17-Sep-2014 - The Luminar Group has won its appeal against an Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruling which said one of its clubs wrongly targeted a 12-year-old with promotional alcohol offers.

Restrictive covenants 'no longer' an issue, say industry figures

17-Sep-2014 - The Government’s consultation on restrictive covenants on pub sales is ‘outdated and irrelevant’, leading industry figures have claimed.

Publicans pay £180k in a year for illegal football screenings

17-Sep-2014 - In the past year, publicans have been ordered to pay £180,000 through criminal convictions for illegally screening football games.

Alcohol sales fall but value remains flat as customers increasingly ‘trade up’

17-Sep-2014 - Total alcohol sales fell by 3% in the last year but value remained flat as customers drank less but increasingly opted for premium products, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Trade warning over pubs code threat to temporary tenancies

17-Sep-2014 - Thousands of pubs could remain shut for longer than is necessary unless the Government removes temporary tenancy agreements from the new pubs code, senior industry figures have warned.

One in seven parents mistakenly thinks underage drinking is on the rise

17-Sep-2014 - New research has shown that parents continue to wildly overestimate how many young people have tried alcohol, despite falling rates of underage drinking.

Fair Pint and BBPA among witnesses for MPs' pubs code debate

16-Sep-2014 - Pub campaigners and industry bodies will share a platform next month as they give evidence to the committee discussing the Government’s pubs code proposals.

Leading industry figures sign open letter demanding business rates overhaul

16-Sep-2014 - More than 100 companies, including leading firms in the pub trade, have signed an open letter calling for an overhaul of the business rates system.

Scottish pubs report boost in business as referendum nears

16-Sep-2014 - Pubs across Scotland have said business is booming as the independence campaign enters it final 24 hours.

Glasgow pub changes its name to Yesbar ahead of referendum

16-Sep-2014 - With just two days to go until the Scottish referendum, one publican couple are making it very clear which side they are on.

Winner of Jack Daniel's Spirit of Jack competition announced

16-Sep-2014 - The Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot has triumphed in the PMA’s quest to find pubs celebrating the gift of music.

Five pubs win Sawday's hotel awards

16-Sep-2014 - Five pubs with rooms have received special recognition in the first Sawday’s British Hotel Awards.

Breathalyser trial launches in pubs in North Leicestershire

15-Sep-2014 - Breathalyser tests and alcohol calculators are being trialled in pubs in two Leicestershire towns as part of Alcohol Awareness Week (15 – 21 September).

Great British Pub Awards 2014: Quiz raises £5,000 for Licensed Trade Charity

15-Sep-2014 - Guests at last week’s Great British Pub Awards raised more than £5,000 for the Licensed Trade Charity’s (LTC) Support & Care service.

Finalists announced for BBPA awards 2014

15-Sep-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association has announced the shortlist for its annual awards.

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