All news articles for August 2022

Company initiative: the Blueprint was first unveiled in May this year and outlined the BrewDog's profit share scheme

BrewDog pays out over £300k in Blueprint bonus

By Nikkie Thatcher

Scottish brewer and multi-site operator BrewDog has revealed it has paid the first of its new Blueprint bonus profit share scheme to more than 1,700 bar staff.

Portfolio growth: the Engine Room in Ashton-under-Lyme was acquired from City Pub Group

Amber Taverns acquires three new sites

By Finn Scott-Delany, MCA

Amber Taverns has completed on three new sites, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Peterlee and Shrewsbury, managing director James Baer has told MCA.

Sharp's and Shepherd Neame win beer awards

the cask project

Sharp’s and Shepherd Neame scoop awards

By Gary Lloyd

Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery is celebrating after its cask ales were among beers from its portfolio that earned honours at prestigious awards events.

Huge contribution: Steven Kenee to step down as Oakman Group chief investment officer (Pictured: Steven Kenee (left) with Peter Borg-Neal)

Steven Kenee to leave Oakman Group

By Gary Lloyd

Steven Kenee is to leave his role as chief investment officer at Oakman Group. Kenee joined Oakman three years ago from Downing where he had grown to admire the company while managing Downing’s investment into the business.

Pledge made: Rishi Sunak will target business rates if elected

Sunak vows to slash business rates

By Gary Lloyd

PM candidate Rishi Sunak has vowed to slash business rates if he is elected as the next Conservative party leader.

Sustainability credentials: operator of the Green Man in Eversholt, Bedfordshire Candice Brown has partnered with the guide

First Green Pub Guide launched

By Nikkie Thatcher

The first ever Green Pub Guide has been launched to highlight venues that are looking to be kinder to the planet.

Strong return: As trading has picked up, economic headwinds could create more activity on the pub property market (credit: Getty/sturti)

Pub property market to ‘ramp up’ this year

By Gary Lloyd

The pub property market is set to “ramp up” during the second half of 2022 with sales of sites expected to come from Stonegate, Marston’s and Amber Taverns, according to a new report from Christie & Co.

Widening needed: the trade bodies have called for the relaxation of permitted development rights to be in place for the whole of the hospitality sector (image: Getty/Alistair Berg)

‘Pubs at risk of being forgotten about’

By Nikkie Thatcher

A trio of Scottish trade bodies have called on the Government to include pubs from current planning proposals with one labelling the exclusion as "nothing short of discriminatory".

Comment piece: Gav Young outlines his thoughts on recent beer price rises


Are we the elephant in the ‘partnership’?

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

It is probably because I am not an accountant or a multinational brewery that I have some issues with the recent mid-year price rise announcement from one of the big brewers.

Rising costs: Bath Pub Company managing director Joe Cussens says there is no help with ever-increasing energy prices

Bath Pub Company lfl revenue up 34% v 2019

By Gary Lloyd

Bath-based pub operator The Bath Pub Company has reported a 34% increase in like-for-like (lfl) revenue in the first half of 2022 versus the same period in pre-pandemic trading in 2019.

Fuel costs begin to decrease: sector still suffering from uncertainty (Credit: Getty: Image Source)

Fuel costs decrease but sector suffers 'uncertainty'

By Rebecca Weller

Fuel prices have begun to slowly decrease, potentially lessening the strain on supply chains, but businesses are still suffering “uncertainty” as consumers continue to grapple with the cost-of-living squeeze.

CARF payments: two fifths of councils still not issued payments despite deadline fast approaching (Credit: Getty/DragonImages)

Councils still not issuing Covid payments

By Rebecca Weller

More than two fifths of councils have not begun making payments to businesses from the Covid Additional Relief Fund (CARF) support package, meaning thousands of businesses could miss out on £700m, research from property consultancy Gerald Eve has revealed.

Warning: Sacha Lord has also called for a temporary reduction in VAT on business energy bills from 20% to 5%

Lord: crisis is more damaging than covid

By Gary Lloyd

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has demanded the Government return to parliament to intervene in the economic issues that are “more damaging than Covid”.

Consumer data: Brits are looking to reduce spending in pubs, bars and restaurants according to research from Barclaycard (image: Getty/Hispanolistic)

Consumers looking to cut spending at pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

British consumers are looking to spend less on social occasions at pubs, bars and restaurants as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, research has found.

End of an era: Prince of Wales in Moseley (interior pictured) to close at the end of the month (Credit: Greene King website)

Former BII award-winner to leave pub

By Rebecca Weller

A former British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) licensee of the year award winner has confirmed the closure of Birmingham pub.

Foodservice inflation: rates reach double-digit percentage for fifth consecutive month (Credit: Getty/neiljlangan)

Drought 'latest in long line of global food supply threats'

By Rebecca Weller

Inflation in the foodservice sector rocketed to 11.5% in June in the fifth consecutive month of double-digit percentage inflation with drought outside of the UK posing the latest threat to supply, the latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Index...

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: latest data revealed drinks sales in seven days to 30 July were 0.6% ahead vs the same week in 2019 (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Women's Euro's boosts drink sales

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 30 July were 0.6% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

What's in the news 5 August

Review of the Week

Tom Kerridge: It's a very bumpy road ahead

By Nikkie Thatcher

With inflation dominating the headlines, celebrity chef and pub operator Tom Kerridge has his say on this week's news with The Morning Advertiser's Nikkie Thatcher.

A cry for support: Leaders' confidence crashes due to cost-of-living crisis (Getty/ South_agency)

Action needed as hospitality leaders’ confidence plummets

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The confidence of pub, bar and restaurant leaders has tumbled over the second quarter of 2022 after costs soared for both businesses and consumers, according to CGA and Fourth’s second-quarter Business Confidence Survey.

New products: this weeks round-up features new serves from BrewDog Distillery, Curious Brewery, Silent Pool, and Camden Brewery


BrewDog and Candy Kittens new vodka

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up sees Silent Pool enter the whiskey category alongside new serves from Curious Brewery, BrewDog Distilling Co and Camden Brewery.

In-depth education and training: Bluestone Academy launches hospitality apprenticeship programme (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Bluestone Academy new training programme

By Rebecca Weller

Training facility, Bluestone Academy, has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship programme set to benefit West Wales’ tourism and hospitality sector and due to start this Autumn at Bluestone National Park Resort, in Pembrokeshire.

Positive step: independent review into supply chain labour shortages to be carried out (Credit: Getty/Dougal Waters)

DEFRA review into labour shortages

By Rebecca Weller

Review into supply chain labour shortages to be carried out by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) brings a "welcome" and “positive step" forward for the sector, trade bodies across the industry have stated.

Delighted: Nightcap chief executive Sarah Willingham (credit: Nicky Johnston)

Nightcap announces 23.6% revenue increase

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, has reported a 23.6% like-for-like revenue increase for the final 13 weeks of its financial year, ended 3 July 2022.

Sport news: BT Sport's deal with Amazon to provide Prime Video’s Premier League coverage to commercial premises has also been extended (image: Getty/Schroptschop)

Cost of BT Sport to rise

By Nikkie Thatcher

BT Sport is set to make a 6.8% price increase from 1 September, which it said was below RPI and claimed was part of its commitment to bring customers “top quality live sport”.