All news articles for September 2021

Industry information: Lumina Intelligence commercial director Ed Sibley outlined the latest insights at the MA Leaders Club conference

MA Leaders Club

37 pubs and bars closed per week in 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

The pub and bar sector saw a net loss of 1,930 venues during 2020, with £13.9bn being wiped off the total market value from 2019, according to an industry report.

Clive Watson: 'We think we have got the structure in place to go to 100 pubs'

City Pub Co to double size of estate to 100 pubs

By Michelle Perrett

City Pub Co has revealed it wants to double the size of its estate to 100 pubs focusing on a cluster strategy, Clive Watson, executive chairman has told The Morning Advertiser.

Advice piece: Poppleston Allen give the answers you need to know about pavement licences (image: Getty/urbazon)

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

Legal Q&A: pavement licences

By Poppleston Allen

Licensing experts Poppleston Allen answer questions about pavement licences.

Positive outlook: Business leaders are more optimistic about trading (Credit: Getty/ SolStock)

Business leaders optimistic but major challenges remain

By Michelle Perrett

Seven in 10 (70%) pub, restaurant and bar leaders feel optimistic about their businesses’ prospects for the next 12 months, the third-quarter Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth has revealed.

Legal advice: James Fownes of Shakespeare Martineau

A solution for pubs with pandemic-induced rent arrears?

By James Fownes, property disputes partners, Shakespeare Martineau

The Government is looking to introduce legislation to alleviate the problem of rent arrears accrued during the pandemic, here at law expert Shakespeare Martineau, we look at the situation.

Survey says: drink-led occasions made up nearly half of pub visits, according to Lumina Intelligence (image: Getty/LauriPatterson)

Almost half of pub visits are wet-led

By Nikkie Thatcher

Two in five (42%) visits to pubs are for drink-only occasions, while almost a quarter (24%) of trips to the on-trade are for dinner, new research has revealed.

Industry impact: rising gas prices has meant factories that produce CO2 as a by product closed (image: Getty/Edin)

Gov to step in to help solve CO2 crisis

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government has announced a temporary agreement with American-owned firm CF Fertilisers in a bid to help ensure a continued supply of CO2 to UK businesses.

Company history: Stonegate started some 11 years ago

How the UK's biggest pub company was formed

By Nikkie Thatcher

With Stonegate now being the largest pub company in the UK, The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive in the company’s history of mergers and acquisitions in its 11-year history.

Tax change: the temporary reduced VAT rate of 5% will rise to 12.5% from 1 October (image: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Price of a pint could rise by 25p predicts Sacha Lord

By Nikkie Thatcher

Night-time economy adviser and operator Sacha Lord estimated prices of drinks will go up by between 7% and 10% with the average price of a pint set to rise by 25p, in line with the 7.5% VAT increase to cover the overall losses felt by operators.

Excellence attained: Greene King wins top talent awards

Greene King wins top talent awards

By Michelle Perrett

Greene King, the pub company and brewer, has won three top awards in the Tiara Talent awards that recognise outstanding commitment to people and apprenticeships.

A premium offer: Steve Latto of the Criterion gives advice on making your drinks offer the best it can be

Quality time at the bar

By Gary Lloyd

Whether it is a bit more disposable cash or a lust to try the best products available, pub customers are going for quality when it comes to enjoying a drink since the on-trade reopened in earnest.

Top headlines: the biggest news of the week revealed (image: Getty/ ifc2)

News round-up

News round-up: Largest estate for 2021 belongs to Stonegate and Gov plan B

By Nikkie Thatcher

The past seven days have seen the Government announcing what will happen should the NHS become overwhelmed, the chronic supply issues hitting kegs as well as the latest report from Lumina Intelligence predicting Stonegate will continue to be the largest...

Industry celebration: National Hospitality Day gets industry backing

Industry rallies behind National Hospitality Day

By Michelle Perrett

Some of Britain’s best-loved celebrity chefs, including Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Gary Usher, Paul Ainsworth and more, star in a new video calling on the nation to go out and support their favourite pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels on Saturday...

Acquisition trail: Brunning & Price looking for new sites

Brunning & Price on acquisition trail

By Michelle Perrett

Brunning & Price, the 55-strong pub chain, run by The Restaurant Group (TRG) is on the acquisition trail looking for is large and period or characterful leasehold or freehold sites in affluent rural, town and city centre locations across England and...

Fair opportunity: Tim Martin is calling for tax equality

JDW to slash prices for Tax Equality Day

By Michelle Perrett

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is to cut the price of all food and drink in its pubs by 7.5% on Thursday, 23 September – to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

Plan impact: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls warned that hospitality venues are in a fragile state

Industry warns of devastating impact of ‘plan B’

By Michelle Perrett

The Government’s has been warned that plans to hold vaccine passports in reserve while revealing it in its ‘Plan B’ Winter Covid plan that compulsory face masks and ‘last resort’ lockdowns could be implemented could have a drastic impact on the pub and...

Big announcement: the list reveal will be taking place later this year

Top 50 Boutique Hotels to launch later this year

By The Morning Advertiser

Following huge success in highlighting and promoting the best in the business when it comes to gastropubs and cocktail bars, the Top 50 brand is now expanding further into hospitality with the launch of the definitive guide to boutique hotels.

Large company: Stonegate, which is headed up by Simon Longbottom, is set to stay biggest pub group this year

Stonegate set to remain largest pub group in 2021

By Michelle Perrett

The 10 largest pubs groups are expected to see +7.0% growth with further consolidation in the pub market, the latest data from the Lumina Intelligence Operator Data Index has revealed.

Price rise: Food and drink inflation is expect to continue (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Food and drink prices set to rise further

By Michelle Perrett

Chronic labour shortages, insufficient manufactured stocks and post-Brexit challenges on imports are combining to create disruption and inflation across the foodservice sector, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed.