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A tough trade: despite research showing the pub sector is expanding, licensees give their views on what’s going on behind closed doors

What’s behind the demise of the local pub?

By Alice Leader

Despite a busy year in the sector that has included highlights such as huge pub chain acquisitions, there are still concerns of how to uphold the traditional, British institution of the local pub.

Marketing campaign: the A-Z of ways to best market your pub for the upcoming year

A-Z of on-trade marketing

By Stuart Stone

From the rise of TikTok and the resurgence of Facebook to bar-top point of sale, experts explain what to factor in to your on-trade marketing in 2020.

Proper Job: 'I absolutely have been conscious of the fact I’ve been born with a silver spoon in my mouth – but that has made me work twice as hard throughout my career because I’ve been so chippy about it'

Exit interview

St Austell to pass 200-pub mark in 'next few years'

By Stuart Stone

Having joined the company as an apprentice, St Austell Brewery’s CEO James Staughton officially bows out on 31 January after an impressive four decades at its helm. Here he shares a slice of his Cornish past.

House for all: ‘perhaps we can redouble our efforts to look out for those most vulnerable, remembering that just like disability, some forms of vulnerability are not immediately obvious’

How can pubs look out for society’s most vulnerable?

By Poppleston Allen

Nelson Mandela once said: “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones,” and this principle could be applied to the late-night economy as well.

Career change: 'there is simply nothing better than the buzz of a busy pub,' according to Brendan Padfield of the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Guv'nor

Teaching a pig some new tricks

By Brendan Padfield

After spending 33 years as a solicitor, Brendan Padfield – now owner of the Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk - had a dramatic career change and became a publican.

Try something new: the nationwide campaign has encouraged people to support their local pubs this month

How have pubs been encouraging Tryanuary?

By Emily Hawkins

A nationwide campaign has encouraged people to make a trip to their local pub during ‘Tryanuary’ to try a new drink, even if they are not drinking alcohol.

Time at the bar: a council will not grant extended opening hours after neighbours complained about noise

Publican loses battle to extend opening hours

By Alice Leader

A council has rejected a publican’s application to extend a pub’s opening hours after neighbouring residents warned it would worsen the existing “nightmare of noise” and disruption.

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