All news articles for January 2022

Consumer spending in pubs was down 13.8% in December 2021: New Year's resolutions show optimism for spending in 2022 (Credit: Getty/ fpphotobank)

Consumer spending in December dropped by 13.8%

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector was among the hardest hit in December 2021 as bars, pubs and clubs saw a growth of 21.2% compared to 35.0% the previous month, new data for Barclaycard has shown.

Industry recognition: NITAs now open for entries (Getty/ sturti)

2022 NITAs open for entires

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The National Innovation in Training Awards 2022 (NITAs) are now open for entries after being launched by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) today (Monday 10 January).

Aleviating pressures: NTIA call for reduced isolation period (Getty/simplehappyart)

NTIA calls for Gov to reduce Covid isolation period

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for the Government to consider cutting down the Covid isolation period for hospitality workers, with the industry to examine a ‘Test & Release’ system.

Awaiting decision: the Government is currently consulting on potentially relaxing licensing hours for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Poppleston Allen says (image: Getty/Gudella)

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

Every little helps…

By Andy Grimsey, partner at Poppleston Allen

So, we enter the New Year and it has a surprisingly and rather depressingly familiar feel to it. Putting Covid-related matters aside for once (if that is even possible nowadays) let’s look at some of the more positive things to come in the licensing calendar...

Incentivising staff: Amersham pub operator rewards employees with 'Koda' cryptocurrency (Credit: Getty/cihatatceken)

Vote now: Should pubs use cryptocurrency?

By Rebecca Weller

Since the start of the pandemic, many pubs have adopted a cashless approach, but could this lead onto a future where cryptocurrency is widely used? This is certainly the case according to one licensee in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

'Employer of choice': Fuller's

Fuller's offers all employees private healthcare

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Fuller, Smith, and Turner, has partnered with Medicash to launch to a new healthcare benefit scheme as part of a package of improvements to its pay and benefits system.

How can pubs improve quality on cask beer?

Sharp's looks to tackle quality challenges on cask

By Ed Bedington

It has been 10 years since the deal that saw Molson Coors snap up cask disruptor Sharp’s, and the combined business continues to go from strength to strength with the launch of new initiatives to drive the brand and the category forward.

New launches: a number of drinks products have recently been unveiled

The first drinks launches of 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

The first few days of 2022 have seen a variety of new drinks launched including beer, wine and spirits.

Christmas Part Two: Licensee Pete Marshall wants to give customers the December they wanted but couldn't have (Credit: Getty/ Martinns)

Kent pub offers customers a second chance at Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Following announcements from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in December, including the advice to limit socialising over Christmas, the Kings Arms in Bexleyheath saw 400 cancellations in just six days, but licensee Pete Marshall is giving customers a second...

Dire trade: Gov's support does little to recoup hospitality's lost trade

Gov support ‘doesn’t touch the sides’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Trade over the Christmas period was “pretty dire” at the Curlew in Bodiam, East Sussex, with the Government’s support packages doing little to provide sustained support to hospitality, said operator Matthew Devlin.

Grants provided: local authorities will be able to distribute the funding now it has been received (image: Getty/Hiroshi Watanabe)

Councils receive Omicron grant cash

By Nikkie Thatcher

Local authorities will receive the funding for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants from today (Friday 7 January), the Government has announced.

New rules: from 11 January, people who receive a positive lateral flow test result won't need to take a confirmatory PCR test (image: Getty/EllenMoran)

Testing delays ‘causing havoc’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Delays in Covid testing has meant sector staff have had to isolate for almost a fortnight, according to reports.

How can the government support the trade in January?

Grim situation as lockdown by proxy bites

By Ed Bedington

And so the trade wakes up to January, the most miserable month for the sector and the much anticipated lockdown appears to be currently receding, Tory scandal dependent of course, into the distance.

Hospitality hero: Andy Wilson at the London Marathon

Hospitality sector awarded in New Year’s Honours List

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A number of people from the hospitality sector were recognised in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List including a Greene King managing director, chef Angela Maria Hartnett MBE and hotelier Robin Hutson.

Trading update: Everards has reported its sales for its latest financial year (image: Getty/alexsl)

Trading restrictions cost Everards more than £3m

By Nikkie Thatcher

Covid measures for nine months of this year have meant Leicestershire-based firm Everards reported an operating loss of £3.4m for the financial year ending September 2021.

Latest property moves: an unnamed venue in Leeds (bottom left), a former Thai restaurant in Edinburgh (right) and new owners at the Moorings in County Durham (top left)

Property round-up

First property moves of new year

By Gary Lloyd

The creators of celebrity hangout Dollhouse announce new venue in Leeds, Trust Inns takes on the Moorings and the former Krua Khun Mae Thai restaurant site is up for grabs.

Christmas Day trade down 60%: UKH calls on the Government to lift restrictions for the sake of the

Pubs lost £10,335 on average over Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs, bars, and restaurants lost £10,335 on average in the week leading up to Christmas with Christmas Day takings down 60% when compared to 2019, figures from UKHospitality (UKH) have shown.