All news articles for August 2019

Covers and coverage: expanding faster mobile internet to rural communities can boost pubs, according to Long Live the Local's David Cunningham

5G rollout offers rural pubs chance to ‘survive and thrive’

By Stuart Stone

The growth of 5G networks – offering mobile internet speeds 10 to 20 times faster than previous generations – in rural areas can provide a wealth of opportunities for pubs according to Long Live the Local’s programme director David Cunningham.

Big ambitions: Nick Collins claims Loungers can compete with the likes of JDW in terms of scale

Loungers operating profit passes £12m mark

By Stuart Stone

Café-bar operator Loungers has revealed an operating profit of £12.4m for the 52 weeks to 21 April 2019 – a 23.3% increase on the previous year.

Know the rules: advice on dilapidations claims comes from chartered building surveyor Jon Rowling

Top tips on challenging dilapidations claims

By Jon Rowling

Chartered building surveyor Jon Rowling – a technical partner at commercial and residential property consultants Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT) and author of The TFT Purple Book: A Guide to Dilapidations in the UK – explains that if you are being asked to...

Successful capital: London mayor Sadiq Khan is working on a plan to continue to help pubs

Number of London pubs remains stable

By Nikkie Thatcher

The number of pubs in London remained stable between 2017 and 2018 after dropping by more than a quarter since 2001, according to new research by City Hall.

Freeze plea: spirits trade joins forces to stop duty rise

Spirits producers call for financial protection

By Nicholas Robinson

Gin, whisky, vodka and a host of other UK spirits makers have joined forces in an effort to make the new Chancellor Sajid Javid impose a freeze on spirits duty in the next Budget.

Career opportunity: Greene King pushes apprenticeships

Greene King bangs sector apprenticeships drum

By Nicholas Robinson

Greene King, which is in the throes of a sale to a Hong Kong firm, is urging recent secondary school graduates to consider pursuing an apprenticeship in the hospitality trade.

Price pressures: meat fraud is on the rise

Food fraud on the rise, claims research

By Nicholas Robinson

Meat fraud is on the rise, driven by the increase in the number of pubs and restaurants going bust, recent research from food procurement firm Regency Purchasing Group has claimed.

Role to fill: the hunt for Paul Newby’s successor will begin soon

PCA Paul Newby to step down

By Nikkie Thatcher

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby will not be seeking reappointment and will leave office at the end of his current term in May 2020, it has been announced.

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