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Admiral Taverns pub given £300,000 revamp

17-Jan-2017 - A Staffordshire-based Admiral Taverns pub is set to reopen as sports bar this spring after undergoing a £300,000 refurbishment. 

Guinness aims to drive sales with Six Nations rugby activation kits

17-Jan-2017 - Diageo-owned Guinness has created 6,000 activation kits in a bid to drive on-trade sales during the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament. 

Meet the Publican Awards nominees: Best Drinks Offer, sponsored by Coca-Cola Enterprises

17-Jan-2017 - Five companies with exceptional drink offers will be hoping to be named as the best in the trade at the upcoming Publican Awards .

Bar staff insider: manners have gone out of the window

17-Jan-2017 - Why is it that usually nice, genial, friendly people turn into the devil’s spawn once they have a few drinks inside them? By day, they are pleasant, easy-going, lovely people....

Record-breaking Christmas sales for North Bar group

17-Jan-2017 - Leeds-based North Bar Group saw record-breaking sales across its seven sites over the Christmas period with a year-on-year rise in turnover of 21%.

“We can't really let this pub close”: West Sussex pub to be sold to local community

16-Jan-2017 - A West Sussex pub is to be sold to the local community after almost £300,000 was raised from 300 investors. 

Meet the Publican Awards nominees: Best New Pub/Bar, sponsored by Heineken

16-Jan-2017 - Six varied and impressive new sites from a selection of innovative operators are in the running to be named as Best New Pub/Bar, sponsored by Heineken at the upcoming Publican...

BrewDog reveals head of new sour facility site

16-Jan-2017 - BrewDog has announced Richard Kilcullen as the head of its standalone sour beer facility, Overworks. 

Trade bodies join forces against beer duty

16-Jan-2017 - Leading trade bodies have teamed up to campaign against beer duty ahead of the March Budget and are calling on MPs for support.

Pete Brown: why it's time to say no to bad cask ale

16-Jan-2017 - Beer writer Pete Brown explains why he has turned his back on the drink he has obsessed over for many years.

Percy pledges Government support for community pubs

16-Jan-2017 - Pubs minister Andrew Percy has called on UK pub companies and drinks manufacturers to support community pub movements, such as Pub is the Hub.

Beer sales over Christmas flat lined

16-Jan-2017 - Beer sales in pubs across the Christmas period flat lined in 2016, according to analysis by beer quality and insight expert Vianet.

Coke Zero reveals £4.5m ad campaign

16-Jan-2017 - Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will be at the centre of a multimillion-pound advertising campaign to emphasise its low-sugar, but Coca-Cola Classic taste, credentials.

CAMRA boss defends against cask ale snub

16-Jan-2017 - Beer writer Pete Brown’s shocking confession that he’s mostly stopped drinking cask ale has drawn fire from Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) national chairman Colin Valentine.

Revealed: exciting line-up for Birmingham MA500

16-Jan-2017 - A rundown of what to expect at the upcoming MA500 event in Birmingham on 16 February has been revealed.

Music in pubs is a "humungous matter" says branding expert

16-Jan-2017 - Aidan Keane of Keane Brands, which designs restaurants, bars and clubs, gives us his opinion on the need for music.

Full-time Fletch's mid-term football report

16-Jan-2017 - With more than half the Premier League season gone, here's my mid-season assessment of all 20 teams.

Ainsty Inns' owner reveals why he swapped the motor trade for the pub industry

16-Jan-2017 - Former motor industry man Antony Pratt decided to swap the car keys for pub keys and really moved up a gear when his Ainsty Inns business expanded.

Salmon prices could double as parasitic sea lice ravage global supply

16-Jan-2017 - Salmon prices are expected to reach new highs thanks to bloodsucking parasites affecting fish stocks. 

North Bar Co switches to fully printed cans

16-Jan-2017 - The brewing arm of North Bar Co is set to move away from its current paper labels after updated designs were approved for printed cans.

Sex entertainment plans at pub granted

16-Jan-2017 - A Gloucestershire pub has had its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence granted, despite more than 50 residents’ objections.

Outraged Hindus denounce brewery for 'frivolous' branding

16-Jan-2017 - Angry Hindus have called on an American brewery to withdraw three beers with “highly inappropriate” branding featuring the religion’s god of destruction. 


Mulholland looks to work with successor at Save the Pub Group

16-Jan-2017 - Outgoing chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group (APPSPG), Greg Mulholland, has said that he is looking to "work together" with the group's new chair, Toby Perkins -...

MA 500

MA500 Member Profile: Martin Hilton — Managing Director of Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Birmingham

13-Jan-2017 - Martin Hilton is only a third of the driving force behind the Purecraft Bar & Kitchen concept. Along with Michelin-star chef Andreas Antona and Purity Brewing Company managing director Paul...

Beer prices to rise in 2017

13-Jan-2017 - The first wave of brewers have unveiled their price increases for 2017, highlighting the ongoing pressures on the beer industry.

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