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Pubs code adjudicator in plea for ‘constructive discussion’

Pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby has urged critics of his office to “put hostility aside” and meet with him for “a constructive discussion”. 

'Work with me': PCA's plea to industry

Government considers ‘further support' for rates-hit businesses

23-Feb-2017 - Communities minister Sajid Javid has told MPs that he will work with the Chancellor to provide “further support” for businesses worst hit by rate rises due in April.

Tim Martin: pubs 'destined for further decline' without tax relief

23-Feb-2017 - JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has hit out at the Government’s upcoming business rates rises and tax inequality, which will see his pubco hit with a bill of millions.

Greg Mulholland tables early day motion on business rates

23-Feb-2017 - Liberal Democrat MP and pub campaigner Greg Mulholland has tabled an early day motion (EDM) calling for the Government to take action to cap controversial business rates rises for pubs...

Mounting costs pose real threat to on-trade growth

23-Feb-2017 - Increasing food and drink prices, as well as business rates revaluations, pose immediate threats to on-trade growth this year, new research shows.

BT Sport announces price freeze

22-Feb-2017 - BT Sport will not raise the prices of its subscription packages when the new business rates are announced in April, the broadcaster has confirmed.

MPs to pull pints and make cocktails at Apprenticeship Showcase

22-Feb-2017 - More than 100 young people will challenge their local MPs' hospitality skills at the Apprenticeship Showcase next month (March).

Industry bosses join to battle business rates

22-Feb-2017 - Trade leaders have teamed up to call on the Government for “immediate business rates relief” for pubs and restaurants ahead of the Budget next month (March).

Trio of rates experts to advise Ei licensees

21-Feb-2017 - Ei Group plc, the pubco formally known as Enterprise Inns, has teamed up with business rates experts to offer its licensees no-win-no-fee rates advice.

'False claims' about business rates angers ALMR

20-Feb-2017 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has criticised claims that the media is peddling mistruths about business rates changes.

Pub employers ‘named and shamed’ for dodging national living wage

16-Feb-2017 - Several pubs have been named and shamed for underpaying their staff the national minimum or living wage. 

Business rates contribute to one in five pub closures, claims exclusive BBC research

16-Feb-2017 - High business rates have contributed to one in five pub closures in England and Wales over the past six years, an exclusive BBC Radio 4 investigation has claimed.

Small breweries flock to join duty relief campaign

15-Feb-2017 - More than 50 breweries have now signed up to a campaign to improve the discount on beer duty for small brewers, known as small breweries relief (SBR).

Joseph Holt brewery joins calls for beer duty cuts

14-Feb-2017 - Manchester brewery Joseph Holt has added its voice to growing calls from the pub industry  to reduce the beer tax in the Government’s 8 March Budget. 

Amazon deal highlights 'unfair' business rates system says ALMR

14-Feb-2017 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has reiterated its calls for transitional business rate relief for pubs after online retailer Amazon was given a business rates cut.

UKIP MEP on business rates: 'Don’t tax pubs to death'

13-Feb-2017 - The UKIP MEP for the West Midlands has thrown his support behind the Association of Licenses Multiple Retailers' (ALMR) appeal for transitional relief to help with business rates rises.

Chancellor warned business rates could 'paralyse' pubs

13-Feb-2017 - Pubs are in danger of being 'paralysed' by new business rates, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned after writing to the Chancellor calling for rates reform.

Pubs minister refuses to be drawn on beer duty cut

09-Feb-2017 - Andrew Percy, the pubs minister, has said it is possible the Government may bow to industry pressure and cut beer duty in March's Budget.

Heineken's Punch takeover not a blanket MRO trigger

08-Feb-2017 - Heineken’s proposed deal to buy 1,900 Punch pubs will not act as an immediate blanket trigger for all the tenants to be able to request the market-rent-only (MRO) option, according to...

Heineken urged by CAMRA for assurance on Punch deal

08-Feb-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called on pub giant Heineken for assurances on the affect the takeover of 1,900 Punch pubs would have on its members.

Star Pubs & Bars machine income up 3%

07-Feb-2017 - Machine income has risen for Star Pubs & Bars by 3% in the past 12 months making it the only leased pub company whose pubs have grown machine income year on year.

Bar talk: Has Brexit affected trade since June?

07-Feb-2017 - This week's bar talk looks at how the Brexit result of the EU referendum has affected trade six months on.

Legal Q & A: Late-night levies and TENs

06-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts tackle your questions on the basics of a late-night levy and obtaining a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for sporting events.

Pubs paying staff more than national living wage

02-Feb-2017 - Pub wages in London now outstrip the national living wage (NLW), new research from Catton Hospitality has revealed.

Industry welcomes second phase of the local alcohol action areas

30-Jan-2017 - The industry has welcomed the second phase of the local alcohol action areas (LAAAs) programme aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm, crime and disorder, which the Home Office said costs England...