All news articles for January 2019

Switch up: almost one quarter (24%) of those surveyed are drinking low-alcohol products or will do in the next six months

Booze-free boom is here to stay

By Nikkie Sutton

The trend of consumers drinking low and no-alcohol products won’t be going away, according to new research.

Call for reform: St Albans' MP Anne Main shared the concerns of pubs like the city's Six Bells

MPs call for reform of business rates system

By Emily Hawkins

St Albans’ MP Anne Main led the way in challenging the Government to reform the business rates system in a debate on the closure of Britain’s pubs in Parliament.

Business outlook: according to Christie & Co, a total of 47,000 pubs represents a 'sustainable equilibrium'

Closure of 1,000 pubs would create ‘sustainable equilibrium’

By Stuart Stone

According to specialist adviser Christie & Co’s Business Outlook 2019, the past 12 months could serve as a turning point for the British pub industry with more people than ever employed in the sector despite declining pub numbers.

Sale: Ei Group has stayed quiet on the details of its recent £348m property sale

Ei remains quiet on sale details

By Emily Hawkins

One of the UK's largest pub operators Ei Group has remained quiet on the details of its recent £348m property sale, but "will communicate with publicans" soon.

Standing room only: many sports fans will be standing so food that is easy to eat is a must

How are sports fans' eating habits changing?

By Stuart Stone

Sports fans have long congregated in pubs to capture the atmosphere during big TV clashes, and they have long needed feeding while they were there. But time never stands still, so how has sports pub food changed in recent years?

In ‘great shape’: City Pub Group announced that turnover increased to £45.6m in 2018

City Pub Group increases annual turnover by 22%

By Stuart Stone

The City Pub Group has revealed total turnover of £45.6m for the 52 week period to 30 December 2018 – a year-on-year increase of approximately 22% – in its latest trading statement.

Yule-time glow: the hospitality sector saw a rise in sales throughout the festive period

Pubs have best of seasonal sales

By Nikkie Sutton

Managed pubs were the ‘star performer’ as they saw a 5.1% boost in like-for-like sales during the festive period, research has revealed.

Motion rejected: Theresa May's Brexit deal was spurned by more 200 MPs

No-deal Brexit spells 'disaster' for pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Following the House of Commons’ rejection of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, trade body UKHospitality (UKH) said the prospect of a ‘no deal’ would be a disaster for the sector.

Early day motion: Belhaven brewery's 300th year has been recognised in the House of Commons

Belhaven brewery celebrates 300th birthday

By Emily Hawkins

The oldest working brewery in Scotland is set to celebrate its 300th birthday this year, with a special pale ale, visitor centre, and weekend music festival to mark the occasion.