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Dry January: Brits to spend £168m on alcohol this weekend

Britons are expected to splash £168 million on alcohol this weekend as they celebrate the end of Alcohol Concern’s Dry January.

BBPA: Pub beer sales decline by only 0.8% in 2014

30-Jan-2015 - Overall beer sales are up for the first time in 10 years off the back of two successive duty cuts - but sales in pubs are still in decline, according...

The real 'beer goggles'? Eye-tracking technology used on pump clips

30-Jan-2015 - A university lecturer has given new meaning to the phrase ‘beer googles’ by using eye-tracking technology to determine how punters pick their pint.

WSTA calls on political parties to support wine and spirit industry

29-Jan-2015 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has today published its general election manifesto, calling on the UK’s political parties to commit to policies that will help the wine and...

Pubcos warned over compliance with Industry Framework Code

29-Jan-2015 - Pub companies are increasingly waiving business plans when granting new lease and tenancy agreements, resulting in them being non-compliant with the Industry Framework Code (IFC), according to a new report...

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Anthony Pender: Chairman, British Institute of Innkeeping

29-Jan-2015 - Yummy Pub Company managing director Anthony Pender took on the role of chairman at the BII in November and is now looking towards the future to make sure the organisation...

SIBA appoints new Scotland chairman

28-Jan-2015 - Arran Brewery managing director Gerald Michaluk has been announced as the new chairman of the Scottish branch of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Spirit's new lease deal 'offers lower-risk option' for landlords and tenants

28-Jan-2015 - Spirit Leased’s new turnover-based rent deal has been praised by one operator who says it offers a mutually beneficial and lower-risk option for both landlords and tenants.

Majority of drivers favour tougher drink driving limit

27-Jan-2015 - British drivers want to see tougher drink driving limits and more severe punishments, a new survey suggests.

Statutory code: Amendment seeks to exempt pubcos that invest from MRO

27-Jan-2015 - Pub companies may be exempt from having to offer a market-rent-only option if they significantly invest in a tenant’s pub, following a proposed amendment to the Small Business Bill.

Pubs’ prompt to apply for government growth vouchers

27-Jan-2015 - Pubs are being reminded to apply for the chance to claim up to £2,000 worth of subsidised specialist business advice before March’s deadline.

People 1st calls for more higher education training in wake of manager skills shortfall

27-Jan-2015 - People 1st has called for higher education to play a greater role in addressing the future management needs of the hospitality sector, after it claimed the industry will need 66,000...

Fringe party calls for pub trade election support

27-Jan-2015 - With the General Election now just 100 days away, a fledgling political party is calling on support from the trade for its pro-pub policies.

Statutory code: Government denies ‘bad faith’ claims over amendments

27-Jan-2015 - The Government has insisted it is committed to working with pubco reform campaigners following accusations that it has acted in “bad faith” by inserting replacement clauses into the statutory pubs...

Sportsman tops list in Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015

26-Jan-2015 - The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, has been announced as the winner of the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015.

Matthew Clark partners with Beer Marketing Awards

26-Jan-2015 - National drinks supplier Matthew Clark has partnered with the Beer Marketing Awards, which aims to recognise and celebrate the brewers, marketeers and creative teams behind beer brands with a presence...

Award-winning manager of the Ship in Wandsworth to exit pub

26-Jan-2015 - Oisin Rogers, the award-winning manager of the Young’s-owned Ship in Wandsworth, south-west London, is leaving the pub after nine years in order to pursue “another project” with the pub company....

Personalised cocktails top Diageo’s drink predictions

26-Jan-2015 - Premiumisation and personalisation are filtering down to the on-trade drinks trends this year as Diageo hotly tips these to appeal to drinkers in 2015.

Pubs prove popular for Christmas Day meals

26-Jan-2015 - One in six adults in the UK ate out on Christmas Day this year, equating to eight million meals with a third of consumers choosing to eat in a pub.

Mulholland accuses Government of acting in 'bad faith' over MRO clause

23-Jan-2015 - Representatives of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign have criticised the Government for rewording the clause outlining a market-rent-only option in the Pubs Code bill, claiming it is responding...

Perceptions chair Keith Knowles slams career advice as 'fundamentally flawed'

23-Jan-2015 - Perceptions Group chairman Keith Knowles has slammed career advice in the UK as “fundamentally flawed”, after a recent House of Commons report claimed that too many young people are falling...

M&B fined £1.5m after Christmas Day food poisoning prosecution

23-Jan-2015 - Managed pub operator Mitchells and Butlers (M&B) has been fined £1.5m following its conviction of a food hygiene offence which led to the death of a customer.

New figures show 29 pubs per week closing

23-Jan-2015 - New figures released today (23 January) show the number of net pub closures stands at 29 per week for the six months June-December 2014.

Rare collection of vintage pub posters found

23-Jan-2015 - A rare collection of British beer marketing posters dating back to the 1950s have been discovered in Kent – including one featuring a copy of the Morning Advertiser.

MPs seek to end pub planning rights ‘scandal’

22-Jan-2015 - MPs from the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group have tabled an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, seeking to “end the scandal” of pubs being demolished or turned into supermarkets without...