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Kent MP to quiz ministers over business rates concerns

The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, said he would speak to ministers about the issue of soaring business rates after a group of publicans from his constituency wrote to him to highlight their concerns.

Business rates: MP Charlie Elphicke (left) will be taking concerns to ministers

Angry publicans contact MP over ‘out-of-date’ business rates

23-Mar-2017 - A group of publicans from Kent have written to their local MP in the hope “someone might listen” to their concerns about “out of date” business rates.

Only the ‘fleet of foot’ will survive Brexit according to Barclays director

22-Mar-2017 - Operators need to be flexible in order to survive Brexit, Barclays hospitality and leisure team relationship director Bob Silk told delegates at a panel discussion earlier this week (Monday 20 March).

Article 50 trigger date prompts calls to ‘protect pubs’

21-Mar-2017 - Concerns about the future of beer exports and the rights of EU nationals working in pubs have been restated by industry groups after the Prime Minister announced she would trigger...

BBPA: beer should have been included in low-strength consultation

21-Mar-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has hit out at the Government’s low-strength consultation, which focused on wine and cider, because beer was not included.

Exemptions for pub gaming machines to stay in place

19-Mar-2017 - Pub gaming machines will not be subject to anti-money laundering regulations as the Treasury has confirmed exemptions will remain in place.

ALMR slams ‘irony’ of DCLG tax cut as rates soar for nearby pubs

17-Mar-2017 - Industry body the ALMR has criticised the Government office that oversees business rates for accepting a tax cut for its site in central London while ramping up business rates for...

Food safety controls to be ramped up by local authorities

16-Mar-2017 - Food safeguards and allergen protection for consumers will be moved up a gear by local authorities, and will be core to delivering a better system of control to ensure a...

What does the Immigration Act mean for pubs?

16-Mar-2017 - The Immigration Act 2016 has had a significant impact on operators of licensed premises and is set to make further amendments affecting premises and personal licence holders.

Chancellor ditches national insurance hikes for self-employed

15-Mar-2017 - The Chancellor has backtracked on plans to increase national insurance contributions (NICs) paid by self-employed people, which if implemented would have affected the majority of freehold and tenanted-pub operators.

'We won’t have any pubs left' warns licensee facing 'killer' rates hike

15-Mar-2017 - A top gastropub operator has told of his despair upon learning his thriving pub’s business rates charges will increase by 300% over the next two years. 

MPs pass Brexit Bill leaving EU workers in limbo

14-Mar-2017 - The rights of EU workers to stay in the UK after Brexit remain uncertain after parliament passed the bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50...

Newby’s radio comments on PCA role spark anger

14-Mar-2017 - Pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby has been slammed for the way he described his role in enforcing the pubs code during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme...

Chancellor’s £1,000 rates discount will ‘save 25% of pubs’

13-Mar-2017 - The £1,000 business rates discount, unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer last week, could be the difference between survival and closing down for 25% of small independent pubs, according to...

National insurance hike to affect significant number of licensees

13-Mar-2017 - Changes to national insurance contributions, announced in last week’s Budget, could cost licensees almost £700 a year more from April 2019, a legal expert has warned.

Illegal sport broadcasting equipment supplier fined £250,000

10-Mar-2017 - A Hartlepool man was handed a £250,000 fine and suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling illegal Kodi boxes last week.

Shift in drinking habits presents ‘significant’ opportunity for manufacturers

10-Mar-2017 - Brits are “actively moderating” their drinking habits, with more than half of the nation’s beer, wine and cider drinkers claiming they drink less than a few years ago, according to...

Newly leased pubs' turnover forecast up 14%

09-Mar-2017 - Turnover forecasts for newly leased pubs have risen by 14% for the next two years due to “improved business confidence”, according to the latest data from the Royal Institute of...

Pubs code adjudicator resolves first five cases

09-Mar-2017 - Pubs code adjudicator Paul Newby has resolved the first cases submitted to him since taking the role.

Spring Budget: duty rises for beer, cider, wine and spirits

08-Mar-2017 - Alcohol duty will rise for beer, cider, wine and spirits, the chancellor has announced in the budget.

Spring Budget: Majority of pubs to get £1,000 business rate discount

08-Mar-2017 - Chancellor Philip Hammond has vowed to protect local pubs and the “valuable work they do” by giving 90% of them a £1,000 business rate discount in the spring budget today (8 March).

Spring Budget: £1,000 discount for pubs gets mixed reactions

08-Mar-2017 - The Chancellor’s £1,000 business rate discount for the majority of pubs in the UK in 2017 has met with mixed reactions from industry bodies.

Spending in pubs rises 13% as ‘experience economy remains strong’

08-Mar-2017 - Consumer spending in pubs has seen strong growth, rising 13.3% year on year, according to figures from Barclaycard for February 2017.

£10K fines for using illicit wholesalers to start in April

07-Mar-2017 - The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS), which could see pubs fined up to £10,000 for working with illicit wholesalers, will come into force on 1 April.

Budget 2017: six things for pubs to look out for

07-Mar-2017 - Concerns about rises in business rates and the potential fallout of Brexit means pubs up and down the country are hoping chancellor Phillip Hammond will offer them some financial respite...