All news articles for June 2022

UKH announces new appointment: Sandra Kelly (pictured) has been confirmed as the trade bodies new skills director

UKH announces new skills director

By Rebecca Weller

UKHospitality (UKH) has today (Monday 13 June) announced the appointment of Sandra Kelly as skills director, a new role tasked with delivering the trade bodies recently launched hospitality workforce strategy: fixing the crisis.

Pub blaze: the fire took hold over the weekend (image: Getty/Jaroslaw Kilian)

Cricket stars’ pub up in flames

By Nikkie Thatcher

A village pub owned by cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney has been damaged by a fire over the weekend.

Data insight: the webinar will look at how the sector is responding to rising food and drink costs (image: Getty/cesar fernandez dominguez)

Side dish prices rise by 9.1%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators are having to push prices up in a bid to battle ongoing inflation and the cost-of-living crisis and Lumina Intelligence has broken down how much dishes are now costing.

Alternative option: the Government's Recovery Loans Scheme, which replaced the coronavirus loans it offered, is 'much less attractive for banks', according to Hazlewoods (image: Getty/Image Source)

Lending to hospitality drops by £1.4bn

By Nikkie Thatcher

Bank lending to small and medium hospitality firms after the end of coronavirus loan schemes has fallen by more than £1.4bn to £14.61bn in April 2022.

Pubs rewarded: The Gun Inn has been named Marston's best pub

The Gun Inn crowned best Marston’s pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Gun Inn, Findon, West Sussex bagged top prize at Marston’s annual Pub of the Year Awards 2022 at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham.

#OpenToAll: BBPA announces 13-point pledge encouraging pubs and breweries to commit to diversity and inclusion

BBPA launches diversity and inclusion pledge

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has developed a 13-point pledge, #OpenToAll, encouraging pub and brewing businesses to ensure commitment to diversity and inclusion at the heart of their operations.

Expert tips: Poppleston Allen partner Jonathan Smith outlines licensing hearings

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The lowdown on licensing hearings

By Jonathan Smith, partner, Poppleston Allen

Licensing law involves a lot of detailed administration. There is a lot of form filling (thankfully mostly online nowadays), particularly in respect of varying your Designated Premises Supervisor, changing the name and address of the licence holder or...

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The MA's Review of the Week

Never been a greater need for innovation

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Creative Hospitality's Bruno Nunes for his take on the big news this week, from pessimism in the face of the oncoming challenge through to reinvention for survival.

New products round up: Theakston, Beavertown and Black Sheep Brewery announce new serves


Theakston, Beavertown and Black Sheep Brewery announce new serves

By Rebecca Weller

This weeks new products round up features Theakston's first cider offering in 30 years alongside new serves from Beavertown, Black Sheep Brewery, Spirit of Manchester Distillery and a new RTD cocktail from America ready to take the UK by storm.

Rail strikes: network disputes could have

Rail strikes will have 'devastating' impact on sector

By Rebecca Weller

Rail strikes confirmed to take place later this month will have a “devastating” impact on the hospitality industry as it continues to rebuild following the pandemic, according to trade bodies and representatives across the sector.

Jubilee of two halves: pub sales up over Jubilee but street parties dent trade over weekend (Credit: Getty/nicolamargaret)

Jubilee weekend 'not the major boost' trade expected

By Rebecca Weller

The Jubilee bank holiday saw a lift in food and drink sales for Britain’s pubs, bars, and restaurants, however street parties dented trading over the weekend, according to CGA by NielsenIQ’s latest trading data.

Are pubs able to weather the economic storm?

Are we all doomed?

By Ed Bedington

According to Luke Johnson, we might as well pack up our bags and go home, but are we as doomed as he suggests?

Sector still fragile: more than half of operators fear businesses will not survive next 12 months amid rising fuel costs (Credit: Getty/Image Source)

Sector still 'fragile' amid further fuel cost rises

By Rebecca Weller

Continuously rising fuel prices have been feared to further impact supply chain issues and increasing food costs across the sector as petrol prices once again rocketed earlier this week.

Shortlist reveal: Paul Ainsworth and Michael Wignall have two of those named as finalists in this year's Chefs' Chef Award

Two from pub sector celebrated in Chefs’ Chef Awards

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub chefs Michael Wignall, the Angel at Hetton, north Yorkshire and Paul Ainsworth of the Mariners, Rock, and other Cornish venues, feature in this year’s AA Chefs’ Chef Award shortlist.

Openings and revamps: A big week for Revs with two new sites openings and one site revamp, as others launch sites and makeover others


Revolution opens bars and revamps more, police station turns into pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution has opened new sites in Exeter and Preston and as well as pumping £200k into its Wilmslow site, the Inn Collection Group has turned a police station into a pub and Red Oak Taverns has renovated its Blunham venue.

Growth reflects quality on offer: City Pub Group executive chairman Clive Watson

City Pub Group like-for-like sales up 5% on 2019

By Gary Lloyd

Multiple operator City Pub Group has said its like-for-like sales have continued to strengthen faster than predicted as its May 2022 figures are 5% ahead of the same period in 2019.

Can the sector survive the economic challenges?

Industry facing 'two years of hell'

By Ed Bedington

The industry is facing “two years of hell” and needs to “batten down the hatches and probably pray” according to one leading sector investor.

Company announcement: the acquisition builds on NielsenIQ's previous investment in CGA (image: Getty/velvelvel)

CGA acquired by NielsenIQ

By The Morning Advertiser

Global information services firm NielsenIQ has announced the acquisition of insight company CGA.

Work, fun and rock & roll: Blue Boar manager George Dean opens up on staff retention and running a pub (Getty/ The Good Brigade)

Being a bartender ‘coolest job in the world’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Blue Boar in Westminster, central London manager George Dean believed valuing staff, creative strategy and making hospitality fun again was key to overcoming challenges in the sector, after his pub was dubbed the ‘One to Watch’ at the 2022 Top 50...

Proud: CEO Jonathan Lawson praised the teams for dealing with the challenges of the past year

Liberation Group chief hails ‘sector-leading’ performance

By Gary Lloyd

Channel Islands and West Country-based brewer and operator Liberation Group has announced its managed UK pubs have seen like-for-like (lfl) sales grow 18.6% for the final three quarters of its financial year ended 29 January 2022, versus the same period...

Vocation Brewery on cask ale and category future

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Vocation ramps up cask range post-pandemic

By Gary Lloyd

Vocation Brewery sales director John Hadingham answers a few questions about the Hebden Bridge-based beer producer, the business’s cask ale range and offers advice for pub licensees.

Funkin Cocktails shows cocktail opportunities for on-trade operators

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Capitalise on cocktails to increase margins

By Funkin Cocktails marketing director Ben Anderson

Funkin Cocktails’ marketing director Ben Anderson looks at CGA’s newly released mixed drinks report and considers the opportunities for on-trade venues.

Unable to cope: More than 10,000 sites could close warns Kate Nicholls (Getty/ gwengoat)

More than 10,000 pubs and restaurants could close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

More than 10,000 pubs and restaurants could close as the sector faces “as big a crisis, if not bigger” than the pandemic, warned UKHospitality (UKH) chief executive.

Price rise: the cost of a pint has increased by more than 70% in the past 14 years (image: Getty/kyrien)

Average price of a pint reaches £3.95

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a pint of beer has increased by almost three quarters (70%) since 2008, with a pint in London costing more than £8, research has revealed.