All news articles for November 2021

Expectations upgrade: Nightcap has reported a sales boost as it prepares to open new sites

Nightcap reports 68% sales increase versus pre-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the parent company of cocktail bar groups London Cocktail Club and Tonight Josephine, has reported a 68% increase in net sales for a 13-week period versus the same, pre-Covid, equivalent in 2019.

Community hero: The Last Post Remembrance Bar and Museum is not just a pub, but a community hub.

‘A pub is not just a pub, it’s a community centre’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The North Yorkshire-based Last Post Remembrance Bar and Museum, proves itself the community’s “heartbeat” through food donations, mental health advice, Covid-concerts and tributes to war veterans.

Changes needed to continue success: the Pub Governing Board (PGB) has released the review of its annual audit

PGB: Rent reviews and BDM key areas for focus

By Gary Lloyd

The need to train business development managers properly and prompt resolutions to outstanding rent reviews are two factors that must be improved if the codes of practice for pubcos with fewer than 500 pubs is to maintain its high standards of compliance.

Information given: Poppleston Allen solicitor David Inzani outlines how insolvency impacts a premises licence

Licensing hub – legal with Poppleston Allen

Dealing with the impact insolvency has on a premises licences

By David Inzani, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

The plight of the hospitality industry in the pandemic has been well documented and, sadly, stories of insolvency and premises closures are currently all too common. It has, therefore, never been more important for licensees to safeguard their premises...

What beers are going to be driving growth in pubs?

Opinion

Premium vs standard beer - more balance needed on the bar

By Mark Bentley, on-trade category controller, Molson Coors

Anyone reading the trade press or listening to various data & insight experts would be forgiven for thinking that everyone is now drinking premium drinks and that familiar favourites such as core standard lager brands have had their day.

Inquisition needed: trade adviser Phil Dixon says setting rents way above pre-pandemic levels is ‘bonkers’

Opinion

Pub companies must do something about unviable rent offers

By Phil Dixon, trade adviser

As Monty Python famously recorded: “Though there was trouble at the mill they didn’t expect ‘The Spanish Inquisition’.” There is trouble in the pub sector mill and there needs to be an inquisition into the behaviour and transparency of pub-owning companies.

Operator reaction: 'a 5% reduction in duty is not even a drop in the ocean but it is good news,' says licensee of the Plough and Barleycorn in the Isle of Wight, Gav Young

opinion

'Pubs are now the sickly child of the high street'

By Gav Young, the Plough and Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

So the red tops are awash with pictures of Boris and Rishi holding pints aloft as they declare not only a duty freeze but a 3p reduction, of course there is much small print including the cut not coming into force until 2023 or, indeed, on kegs under...