All news articles for April 2019

Caffeine fix: one operator compared specialist coffee to the rise of craft beer

How important is it for pubs to offer specialist coffee?

By Emily Hawkins

With figures showing that two pubs have closed for every coffee shop that has opened in the past five years, industry experts and operators shared their thoughts on how pubs can draw coffee lovers into pubs for a caffeine fix.

More choice: fruit cider makers are looking to exotic flavours

What's next for fruit cider?

By Emily Hawkins

Fruit cider has been instrumental in driving sales in the cider category in the recent past. We look at what the sector can expect next.

Cash injection: Ei Group is pumping money into sites in the Midlands

Ei Group pumps £3m into West Midlands pubs

By Nikkie Sutton

Pubco Ei Group has invested more than £3m into pubs across the West Midlands over the past six months, as part of the group’s capital investment of £80m a year across its estate.

Get a thirst on: a new podcast called MA Drinks features one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the drinks trade

MA Drinks podcast – in association with Diageo

How have drinking habits changed in 10 years?

By Nicholas Robinson

The future of alcohol consumption has never been more in focus, with habits changing on an almost daily basis driven by lifestyle choices that, in turn, determine innovation. But what’s next for alcohol?

'Sense of opportunity': 'We all have opportunities within our business to make them better. It may be a simple coat of paint or getting the garden tidier' according to Matt Slocombe of the Crown Inn


Pubs must strive to be better despite cost pressures

By Matt Slocombe

Whether freehold, leasehold, tenanted or managed, operators have to keep looking at ways to get better, says Matt Slocombe of the Crown Inn in Woolhope, Herefordshire - winner of the best cider pub at the John Smith's GBPA 2018

Stay legal: Most councils will require you to have a pavement licence

Top tips if you’re planning to go alfresco

By Poppleston Allen

As the evenings grow longer and (we hope) the temperature rises, operators up and down the country will be looking to capitalise on the demand for alfresco drinking and dining.

Tackling licensing issues: Poppleston Allen advises operators to check game times at this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan against their premises licence conditions

Legal Q&A: Rugby World Cup screening

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen tackles operator questions around screening the Rugby World Cup.

Flag it up: Many areas with a cumulative impact policy have Purple Flag status, meaning they are recognised as diverse, safe and enjoyable at night

Stay on top of your stress areas

By Poppleston Allen

You may be familiar with the concept of cumulative impact policies, also known as 'stress areas', where the local authority has determined that the number of licensed premises in a particular area is having a negative impact on one of more of...

Joined forces: female operators gathered to talk about women's roles in the industry

In association with Knorr

How can we push sex equality in the pub trade?

By Nikkie Sutton

Equality is a hot topic on the lips of everyone at the moment but hospitality needs to encourage more women to get into the trade and ensure they are treated equally once they get there.

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