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What is the latest government position on pubs?

Death by a thousand cuts?

And so we find ourselves, once again, standing at a potential cliff edge, waiting for the casual and careless shove of our political leaders to send us into the abyss.

Rise in cancellations: The number of cancelled bookings rose by 2% on 29 November (Credit: Getty/yevtony)

Vote now: have you seen Christmas cancellations?

Poor communication about coronavirus variants from the Government has caused widespread uncertainty in the hospitality sector and has impacted cancellations, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

The Lock In Podcast season two episode two

Still can't get the staff... the ongoing recruitment challenge

The Lock In team tackle the challenges around the ongoing recruitment and staffing crisis, with special guests Osh Rogers of the Guinea Grill, Dan Razavi of Leisure Jobs and Mark McCulloch of Hospitality Rising all providing some expert insight into how...

Welcome change: The Small Brewers Relief has been reformed (Getty/ Sigrid Gombert)

Brewers welcome Small Brewer Relief changes


Brewers and trade bodies have today welcomed the Government’s proposals to improve the current structure of Small Brewer Relief (SBR) to align more closely with economies of scale and remove barriers to growth.

Plenty to choose from: the cask ale category is always hard fought (credit: Getty/ Rouzes)

Doom Bar leads cask ale sales in on-trade

There has been much discussion on how cask ale’s fortunes are potentially at a tipping point during the past few years and the closure of pubs has certainly been no help in that scenario.

What are the best selling alcohol brands of 2021?

The Drinks List – top brands to stock in 2022

This year’s Drinks List has been impacted by the fact the on-trade sector was either in lockdown or operating under restrictions from October 2020 to July 2021, which was a longer period than when the results was previously compiled.

Pressure on the sector: Staffing levels down 18% compared to two years ago (Credit: Getty/Eugenio Marongiu)

Staffing levels 'still down 18% against 2019'

For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, all sectors within hospitality saw staff headcount increase in October, compared to last year, but staffing levels were still down 18% in comparison to the same period two years ago.

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