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Business landscape: the figures looked at the closures in the sector last year (image: Getty/Anukoon Supawong)

194 pubs lost forever in 2023

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 194 pub buildings were lost due to conversion or demolition last year, new figures have found.

Grab your sports fans: the new F1 season about to begin

Higher footfall and sales expected as new F1 season starts

By The Morning Advertiser

Formula One (F1) fans are frequent visitors to pubs and bars so sites screening the action can expect higher footfall when the season starts in Bahrain between Thursday 29 February and Saturday 2 March.

Cash laws: New tipping legislation will come into force on 1 July (Credit: Getty/Drazen Zigic)

How can pubs prepare for new tipping laws

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

WMT Troncmaster Services managing director Peter Davies has offered advice on how pubs can prepare for new tipping laws which are due to come into force this summer.

Hear me roar: the Tiger Inn near Ashford, Kent

MY PUB

My Pub: the Tiger Inn, Stowting, Kent

By Gary Lloyd

Rural pub the Tiger Inn is big on food – so much that it was a finalist in the Great British Pub Awards Best Food Pub category in 2022 and for Best Pub Chef in 2023.

Different ideas: Woodforde's launches new Brewers Signature range

THE CASK PROJECT

Woodforde's unveils new cask range

By Rebecca Weller

Woodforde’s Brewery has announced a new cask beer range, the Brewers Signature range, which features bespoke brews, each created by one their brewers.

All change: new banknotes featuring the portrait of King Charles III are set to enter circulation in June

8 things to know about King Charles III banknotes

By Nikkie Thatcher

With new banknotes showing the portrait of King Charles III set to enter circulation this summer, we’ve looked at what you need to know about the new notes and delved into the history of polymer cash.

Growing demand: showing American sports offers massive benefits for pubs but authenticity is key (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Demand for American sports in pubs 'growing exponentially'

By Rebecca Weller

Showing American sports offers “massive benefits” for operators as demand grows “exponentially”, but passion is key to tap into the trend, Hickory’s managing director John Welsh told The Morning Advertiser (MA).

Wye Valley Brewery is big on cask ale sales

THE CASK PROJECT

Wye Valley bucking the trend in cask

By Gary Lloyd

Wye Valley Brewery is a champion of cask beer. Yes, growth of kegged beer at the Herefordshire business is flying but 80% of its total production is cask beer for pubs – and the big pubcos are relying on them too.

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen tips on low and no alcohol drinks (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

LICENSING HUB

Top licensing tips on low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks

By Paula Kioko, marketing associate, Poppleston Allen

Customers are increasingly choosing low or alcohol-free drinks, with some adopting a moderation strategy of alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during nights out. Researchers indicate that this trend is showing no signs of slowing...

New horizons: Two exciting sites open in the capital and there are also openings elsewhere

PROPERTY ROUND-UP

New bars open in the capital

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

An Italian seafood bar is set to open in the capital, while a Welsh pub reopens under new ownership and Inception Group launches a new site.

International Margarita Day: raise your glass and toast the classic cocktail with these recipes (Credit: Getty/Svetlana-Cherruty)

Recipes to celebrate International Margarita Day

By Rebecca Weller

Celebrated on the 22 February every year, people around the world raise their Margarita glasses to toast the classic Tequila-based cocktail for International Margarita Day.

Not upheld: OFCOM rejects BrewDog's complaint against BBC doc (Pictured: BrewDog’s Las Vegas rooftop bar)

Ofcom rejects BrewDog complaint against BBC

By Rebecca Weller

BrewDog’s complaint against a BBC documentary that highlighted alleged inappropriate behaviour from its chief executive has not been upheld by the communications regulator.

Positive year for beer: CGA shares key trends for 2024 (Credit: Getty/Ridofranz)

Beer trends to make 2024 a 'positive year'

By Rebecca Weller

Beer sales by value are outpacing sales by volume but pubs are driving growth for the category, with key trends set to make 2024 a “positive year for beer” in the on-trade.

Latest acquisition: The Piano Works concept is now in the Sarah Willingham-led Nightcap portfolio

Nightcap acquires The Piano Works

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap – the operator of 46 bars under brands including The Cocktail Club, Barrio Familia and the Adventure Bar Group – has acquired live entertainment concept The Piano Works.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 73

The Lock In Podcast

Perfecting the art of the serve

By Ed Bedington

Why is there a North/South divide when it comes to beer head and does Guinness really need to be poured in stages? The Lock In team tackle that and other issues around the concept of the perfect serve.

Threadbare tightrope: rising beer prices 'grim reflection' of modern life (Credit: Getty/FreshSplash)

CAMRA: beer prices a 'grim reflection' of modern life

By Rebecca Weller

Rising beer prices are a “grim reflection” of modern life and demonstrate the “threadbare tightrope” pubs and brewers are walking upon, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has said.

Publican Awards 2024: Tom Allen (pictured) announced as this year's host

Tom Allen to host 2024 Publican Awards

By Rebecca Weller

Award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and TV personality Tom Allen has been announced as the host of the 2024 Publican Awards.

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen advice on navigating off-sales and pavement licences (Credit: Getty/urbazon)

LICENSING HUB WTH POPPLESTON ALLEN

Navigating off-sales and pavement licences

By David Inzani, partner at Poppleston Allen

In the wake of the challenges posed by the pandemic, the hospitality trade saw significant regulatory changes introduced under the Business and Planning Act.

Administration sale: Rekom UK sold for £19.5m (Pictured: Rekom UK chairman Peter Marks)

Rekom UK sold for £19.5m

By MCA

The assets of late-night operator Rekom UK were sold to a connected party for £19.5m in a pre-pack administration process.

Top tips: we've got advice how to boost your green credentials (image: Getty/J Studios)

8 ways to hit your sustainability goals

By The Morning Advertiser

The Morning Advertiser has joined forces with Heineken UK to showcase a number of simple and straightforward steps operators can take to cut the footprint of your business.

Business research: a survey from sector trade bodies showed a quarter of businesses are out of cash reserves (image: Getty/claudiodivizia)

1 in 4 firms out of cash

By Nikkie Thatcher

A quarter of businesses have no cash reserves left while less than a third (29%) have under three months’ left, new research has shown.

Come and tech a look: technology is now vital for smooth service across all aspects of the on-trade

FEATURE - Technology

FEATURE: Finding the right tech to fit your pub

By Fiona Griffiths

Pub operators everywhere are facing challenging times but choosing the right technology solutions can help your business to survive – and even thrive.