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Zero Marston’s licensees have taken up MRO since pubs code started

No licensees in Marston’s sites have taken up the market-rent-only (MRO) option and gone free of tie since the pubs code took effect in July 2016.

Position 'enhanced': Ralph Findlay is optimistic about the successful acquisition of Charles Wells Brewing and Beer
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Tories promise long-term reforms to business rates system

18-May-2017 - The Conservative Party has admitted that the business rates system “presents considerable challenges” to small businesses and has promised to make longer-term reforms in its pre-election manifesto.

SIBA’s duty proposals under fire

18-May-2017 - Calls from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) for a lower level of beer duty for draught beer sold in pubs would only benefit large brewers with tied estates, critics...

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Lib Dem manifesto pledges minimum unit pricing for alcohol

17-May-2017 - The Liberal Democrat Party has said it wants to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in its pre-election manifesto to “help people stay healthy”.

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UKIP slams Labour’s plan to tackle demise of pubs

17-May-2017 - UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has criticised Labour’s plans to tackle the “large-scale demise” of pubs, claiming the party’s plans “demonstrate a complete lack of joined-up thinking”.

Will licensee optimism continue to rise?

17-May-2017 - In the Pub Market Report conducted by MCA Insight and the MA last year, the key finding was that licensees were increasingly positive about trading.

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Labour sticks with promise to probe pub demise

16-May-2017 - Labour has stuck with its promise to launch an investigation into the demise of pubs if the party is voted into power.

Identifying EU workers difficult says mayor’s Brexit adviser

16-May-2017 - Many UK businesses are “struggling to identify their existing EU workforce”, a member of the Mayor of London’s Brexit advisory group has warned.

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Draught beer should have lower duty, says SIBA

16-May-2017 - The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has called for a lower duty rate for draught beer to get people back into pubs as part of its pre-election manifesto.

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Tory party pledges ‘greatest expansion’ of workers’ rights

15-May-2017 - The Conservative Government has pledged to initiate “the greatest expansion of workers’ rights” by any Tory leadership in history if the party wins next month’s general election, affecting pub employers...

Licensee spends night in custody for breaching Sky copyright

12-May-2017 - A licensee who showed Sky Sports illegally has spent the night in custody after failing to appear at court.

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CAMRA calls for election candidates to support pubs

12-May-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is urging election candidates to back its manifesto to ensure that visiting the pub remains an affordable activity.

Support for campaign offering free pints for voter registration ‘snowballs’

12-May-2017 - A Bristol-based scheme to offer free pints to people who register to vote ahead of the general election on 8 June has gained support from pubs across the UK with...

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Large-scale demise of pubs will be probed, pledges leaked Labour manifesto

11-May-2017 - The Labour Party wants to set up a national review of pubs to examine the causes for their “large-scale demise”, according to a leaked draft manifesto.

CAMRA manifesto echoes BBPA call for £5,000 rates discount

11-May-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has published its manifesto echoing demands first set out by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to introduce an annual business rates discount...

London pub successfully avoids ‘turgid’ MRO process

11-May-2017 - A central London pub has gone free of tie without invoking the “turgid” market-rent-only (MRO) option available through the pubs code.

Date for pub planning changes announced

10-May-2017 - Changes to pub planning laws will come into force on 23 May, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.

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Election survey shows bias towards the right

09-May-2017 - The votes are in and the pub operators have spoken. It is certainly looking like a resounding victory for the Conservatives, if the pub sector has anything to say about...

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Pubs want Conservative Government

09-May-2017 - The pub industry seems to be leaning towards a continuation of Conservative Party rule according to the results of our general election survey, with many citing Brexit as the key...

Opinion: ALMR reflects on 25 years of dramatic change

09-May-2017 - This year, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) celebrates its 25th birthday and it really is a coming of age for the trade body.

Conservative pledges to cut migration are ‘too restrictive’, says JDW

09-May-2017 - JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin has expressed concern that Theresa May’s election promise to cut net migration into the UK to the tens of thousands is “too restrictive”.

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BBPA manifesto calls for £25,000 business rates assistance package for pubs

08-May-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for pubs to receive a £25,000 business-rates assistance package over the duration of the next parliament in its manifesto ahead of...

Business rates reform ‘critical’ as ‘burden reaches tipping point’

05-May-2017 - Fundamental business-rates reform is “even more critical” now the country faces the challenges of negotiating its future relationship with Europe, a group of eight leading trade bodies has told the...

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ALMR election manifesto focuses on Brexit and business rates

04-May-2017 - Business rates reform and employment rights for EU workers after Brexit are the main pillars of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers' (ALMR) manifesto ahead of the general election.

Six biggest tenanted pubcos to honour new planning laws early

04-May-2017 - The six biggest pubcos have agreed to honour new planning legislation ahead of it coming into force in July.