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.