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Pub-industry bodies slam PCA’s MRO report as ‘one-sided and opaque'

Pub-industry bodies have slammed a report from the pubs code adjudicator containing evidence that pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code.

Disappointed: pub industry bodies think the PCA report should have included responses from pub-owning companies

Barnet Council criticised for rates relief consultation

23-Aug-2017 - Barnet Borough Council has been criticised for its consultation on a new policy that would require pubs to have a 'healthier catering commitment' accreditation to be eligible for discretionary business...

PCA to confront pub owning businesses over MRO blocking

23-Aug-2017 - Pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code, according to a report commissioned by...

Pubs outed in Government list for not paying minimum wage

17-Aug-2017 - A number of pubs have been “named and shamed” in the Government’s latest list of companies that have failed to pay the national minimum and living wages.

Employment rate lowest since 1975

16-Aug-2017 - The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 1975, official figures have shown, with 125,000 more people in work in the three months from April to June 2017.

Government’s ‘ambitious’ EU customs plan welcomed by trade

16-Aug-2017 - The Government has set out “ambitious” proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU after Brexit, which aims to “avoid a cliff-edge for businesses on both sides”.

Pubs code adjudicator raises concerns over Calderbank letters

15-Aug-2017 - The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has urged tied pub tenants to alert him if they receive a Calderbank Offer letter from their pubco during tied rent reviews, after concerns one...

'Wrongly banded' publican urges licensees to check their rateable value

15-Aug-2017 - A publican whose business rates have almost doubled has claimed that despite being told by a Valuation Office Agency (VOA) officer he has been ‘wrongly banded’, he will still have...

Sector missing £25m of pub-specific rates relief payments

14-Aug-2017 - Pubs are still waiting to receive business rates relief payments worth up to £25m to the sector, research from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has found.

Publican ordered to pay more than £100,000 after he 'avoided paying business rates'

11-Aug-2017 - A publican was ordered to pay more than £95,000 in unpaid businesses rates and £16,000 in legal costs to Basildon Council last week.

Only £197k of £300m rates relief fund distributed so far

10-Aug-2017 - Local authorities have only paid out £197,000 of the £300m earmarked for business rates relief, since the payments became 'available' in April – the Liberal Democrat Party has revealed using...

National Pubwatch praised on its 20th anniversary

09-Aug-2017 - The National Pubwatch (NPW) has been praised, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary, for the work it is doing in helping achieve a safe and secure environment in all UK...

Pub code legislation 'not the right solution' for Scottish pubs

08-Aug-2017 - Pub code legislation “is not the right solution for Scottish pubs”, according to the chairman of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA).

Government calls for evidence on benefits of migrant workers in UK

08-Aug-2017 - A Government consultation calling for evidence into the benefits of migrant workers in the UK is an “encouraging first step”, according to leading trade bodies.

CAMRA calls for £5,000 business rate relief for pubs

07-Aug-2017 - Pubs must sell tens of thousands of extra pints of beer each year to cover the rocketing rise of business rates, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). 

Hospitality sector taking ‘drastic measures’ to cope with NLW rise

07-Aug-2017 - Hospitality is one of the main sectors “feeling the squeeze” of the rise in the national living wage (NLW), and is resorting to more “drastic measures” to cope, according to...

How publicans can spot fraudsters pushing illegal sports packages

04-Aug-2017 - The message to publicans being offered dodgy deals on sports packages is simple – “if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is”.

Drinks firm boss highlighted in critical high pay report

04-Aug-2017 - The chief executive of Whitbread, Alison Brittain, was paid just under £1.5 million in 2016, the fifth highest paid woman boss of a FTSE 100 company mentioned in a report on executive pay.

Drink drive casualties on the rise

04-Aug-2017 - The number of people seriously injured in drink drive accidents has risen by 9% over the space of a year, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport...

‘Get a grip’ and confirm Brexit transition plan, WSTA urges ministers

03-Aug-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has told the Government to “get a grip” and provide businesses with an agreed, carefully thought-out policy to reassure the drink industry’s “deep-seated...

Hungry Horse school bag promotion earns rap from ad watchdog

02-Aug-2017 - Greene King has come under fire from advertising watchdogs after promotional leaflets for a Hungry Horse site was sent out in school bags.

Scotland could follow England over pubs code implementation

01-Aug-2017 - Scotland could be set to follow England in implementing the pubs code legislation, meaning thousands of pubs north of the border could go free of tie.

Trade bodies welcome pre-Brexit plans to assess EU worker contributions

27-Jul-2017 - The Government’s plan to assess the economic contribution of EU migrants has been welcomed by leading trade bodies within the food and drink industry. 

Drinks industry following minimum unit pricing court case closely

27-Jul-2017 - The UK drinks industry, and the Scottish trade in particular, is following an appeal case in the Supreme Court with more than a little interest for clues on whether minimum...

Pubs code adjudicator receives over 550 enquiries in its first year

26-Jul-2017 - More than 550 enquiries have been made to the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) in its first year with the overwhelming number of cases that have been accepted relating to the...

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