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Let the tills ring out for Christmas: 7 top tips for the festive season

As the hospitality industry enters the festive season – traditionally a prosperous period for the on-trade – it’s important to ensure you prepare and promote your offering to boost sales over Christmas and New Year’s. Star Pubs & Bars has identified...

Opportunity arisen: Panmure Gordon believes Fuller’s could generate significant funds to help with its acquisition strategy to acquire managed freehold pubs if it were to sell its tenanted division

Fuller’s has good opportunity for M&A

Fuller Smith & Turner has a good opportunity to participate in M&A activity within the pub sector, by disposing of its tenanted inns division, and using these funds to acquire City Pub Group (CPC), an analyst note from Panmure Gordon has suggested...

The Lock In Podcast season two episode three

The opportunities and pitfalls of review websites

The latest episode of the Lock In Podcast sees the team focus on review sites such as TripAdvisor and Google from the Prince of Peckham in east London with the pub’s operator Clement Ogbonnaya as well as Tony Kent from Reputation.com.

Taking care: Nobody needs to struggle alone (Getty/ Aleli Dezmen)

Has your mental health suffered at work? Tell us about it

The hospitality sector has a mental health problem, with approximately three out of five hospitality workers struggling with a mental health issue in their career, according to Hospitality Action's Mental Health Survey 2020. Vote in our poll to tell...

Is Christmas a bust for the pub sector?

Is Christmas slipping away?

The drip drip drip of paranoia and panic are starting to do damage and desperate operators are beginning to fear Christmas slipping through their fingers.

Martyn Hillier: Micropubs are about bringing communities back together (Getty/ Instants)

Micropubs ‘bring communities back together’

Micropubs strip pubs back to traditional values of “friendship” and “conversation” and “bring communities back together” said the founder of the world’s first micropub Martyn Hillier.

Increase your options: a multitude of non-alcoholic serves awaits

Turn January into a great month at your pub

The traditional image of empty pubs in January isn’t something an operator has to endure while customers ‘punish’ themselves for over indulgence in the previous month. Dry January, as it has been labelled, is an opportunity waiting for a canny licensee...

A player in many markets: JW Lees operates 42 managed houses and has 96 Pub Partners

JW Lees ready to expand in 2022

Historic brewer and pub operator JW Lees has hunkered down during the pandemic to concentrate on survival first and foremost but that looks certain to change in the new year.

Digital revolution: Virtual spaces are here to stay (Getty/ Nikolay Evsyukov)

Virtual spaces key to high-end venues

Virtual spaces are here to stay, with high end venues using them to unite customers safely, increase revenue and engage with a global audience, operators have said.

Next big thing? Volume and value sales were largely positive for the tequila sector (credit: Getty/knape)

Jose Cuervo leads up-and-coming Tequila category

A new category to the drinks list this year, Tequila sales to the on-trade have been extremely positive in general, and as such should certainly be viewed by operators as something very useful to have stocked on their back bar.

Competition criteria: entrants were judged on the quality, service, cleanliness, value for money, presentation and taste

Two pubs crowned Britain’s best roast dinners

The Eight Bells in Hawkhurst, Kent and the Perch on Lancing Beach near Brighton beat tough competition to win the ‘Best Meat Roast Dinner’ and ‘Best Vegetarian Roast Dinner’ in Knorr Professional’s Great British Roast Dinner Competition.

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).

Major movers: the inclusion of draught cocktails has shaken up the RTD league

Crabbies tops RTD division, draught cocktails make big moves

The ready-to-drink (RTD) category has seen some big losses as the restrictions on hospitality hit hard during the past year but, with CGA re-categorising draught cocktails as RTD, there are three new entrants to the top 10 that have been going great guns.

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.

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