All news articles for May 2020

Late-night levy: councils cannot refund or reduce payments but can defer the annual licence payment


Councils consider future late-night levy rebates

By Emily Hawkins

Councils across the country are considering issuing rebates or discounts on late-night levy payments next year but are still unable to refund or reduce current payments.

James Cuthbertson the Lockhart Tavern Haywards Heath


‘We’re not all in the same boat’

By Ed Bedington

It’s been more than five weeks since the Prime Minister told UK pubs to close. The Morning Advertiser went back to visit James Cuthbertson, operator of the Lockhart Tavern in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, to see how it was adapting to the ongoing situation.

Support given: the self-employed help will be provided within days of application


Self-employed help ‘will be paid within six days’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Self-employed publicans are being invited to get their claims ready for coronavirus support as HMRC will begin to contact those eligible for the help from today (Monday 4 May).

New officeholder: Fiona Dickie has taken the reins from Paul Newby as the pubs code adjudicator


New PCA demands pubco accountability during Covid-19

By Fiona Dickie

On her first day in office, new pubs code adjudicator Fiona Dickie explains, in her own words, that an intelligent approach to regulation can see a strong tenanted sector emerge from coronavirus lockdown.

Tuned in: United We Stream has raised more than £250,000. Pictured Andy Burnham (left) and Sacha Lord


Apply for United We Stream’s £260,000 Covid-19 relief fund

By Stuart Stone

Pubs, bars and music venues in Greater Manchester can now apply for additional Covid-19 funding after the region’s live gig platform, United We Stream, raised more than a quarter of a million pounds in its first month.

Coronavirus update for pubs weekend of 2-3 May


Weekend news bulletin for pubs - 2 and 3 May

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington reviews the biggest news stories from the pub sector after another week in lockdown ahead of the weekend of 2 and 3 May.

Throw down the gauntlet: top chefs to showcase skills on #TheChefsPass challenge


#TheChefsPass challenge launched by Top 50 Gastropubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Leading chefs from the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list have accepted the challenge to showcase a series of kitchen skills as part of the #TheChefsPass campaign aimed at helping consumers hone their skills during lockdown.

Top title: the Cott Inn, run by Mark Annear, was crowned Great British Pub of the Year at the 2019 awards


Keeping the Cott on the landscape

By Ed Bedington

An award-winning operator has seen his year of success derailed because of the coronavirus crisis lockdown but is determined to keep his pub at the heart of its community.

Time out: Jonathan Downey has called for a nine-month pause on payments for the sector

My Shout

A #NationalTimeOut can help save our pubs

By Jonathan Downey

Hospitality is in crisis. On current estimates, more than half of hospitality businesses and as many as 2m jobs will not survive the next few months.

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