All news articles for October 2023

Catastrophic predicament: industry leaders react to pub closure figures (Credit: Getty/dorian2013)

Pub closure stats show 'uphill battle' faced by firms

By Rebecca Weller

The growing number of business closures in the sector demonstrate the “sheer weight” of escalating costs and the “catastrophic predicament” faced by many hospitality firms, industry leaders have said.

Extreme weather: pubs lose stock and are forced to close due heavy rain and flooding (Credit: Getty/onfilm)

Pubs forced to close due to flooding

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs across the country have lost thousands of pounds worth of trade and stock due to heavy rain and flooding – with one site even welcoming some fishy guests.

Sobering view: non-alcoholic occasions should be seen as an opportunity says Hari Fell

OPINION

Sober October deniers’ pubs will struggle to survive

By Hari Fell, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire, and founder of NoLo Cocktails

As a hotelier of 20 years and having given up alcohol more than four years ago, I read Gav Young’s opinion piece ‘A Pub is for life not for 10 months of the year’ with dismay.

Shutting doors: Pub closures to continue in new year (Credit: Getty/ilbusca)

750 pubs set to close in first half of 2024

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is calling for Government action after new data revealed 750 pubs are set to close in the first half of 2024.

Diverse portfolio: Red Oak expands pub estate with more than 20 acquisitions in 2023

Red Oak Taverns acquisition history

By Rebecca Weller

Multi-site operator Red Oak Taverns has procured some 25 pubs across the country so far this year, bringing its total number of venues to more than 200.

Disparity: research shows no-shows are increasing but not all pubs are affected (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Pubs counter ‘no-shows double’ research claim

By Gary Lloyd

The unwelcome sight of increased numbers of ‘no-shows’ has reared its ugly head once again in the sector but not all pubs The Morning Advertiser spoke to are convinced the situation is getting worse.

Revenue up: total revenue at Punch Pubs & Co has risen to £313.5m

Transferred Punch pubs key to revenue boost

By Gary Lloyd

Punch Pubs & Co’s move to convert leased and tenanted pubs to its managed division has been cited as the “predominant driving force” for a 10.2% lift in revenue in its trading update for the 52 weeks ended 13 August 2023.

Seasonal meetings: a change of menu to suit the colder months could attract more customers (credit: Getty/SolStock)

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FEATURE: Food trends for winter

By Emma Eversham

Shorts and T-shirts have finally been replaced by sweaters and sou’westers as the UK’s weather resumes its usual service following an unseasonably warm and dry September and October.

Listen up: Late-night sector rallies to protect hearing health (Credit: Getty/ XiXinXing)

NTIA campaign champions hearing health

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is aiming to publish free training for nightclubs on hearing health as part of the ‘Listen for Life’ campaign launched last week.

Biggest single investment: Star reopens the Unicorn in Cardiff after £1.4m refurb

Star injects more than £1.5m into Welsh pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Star Pubs & Bars has revealed a new look for its flagship site in Cardiff, Wales, following a £1.4m renovation project, its biggest single investment this year, and plans to plough a further £730k into Welsh venues.

Stark indicator: NTIA calls on Gov to reduce VAT for sector as more than 8,000 late-night firms lost since 2020 (Credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

43 late-night firms vanishing per week

By Rebecca Weller

More than 8,000 businesses have vanished from the late-night sector since 2020, new figures released by the Night-Time Industries association (NTIA) have revealed.

Advice given: Poppleston Allen highlights how to help ensure no nuisance is caused to residents (image: Getty/MoMorad)

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Q&A: Mitigating the risk of noise complaints

By Carl Weston, head of marketing and partner (non-solicitor), Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A, legal experts Poppleston Allen advise how best to mitigate the risk of noise complaints.

Company deal: A.G. Barr acquires Rio from Hall & Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse offloads Rio

By MCA

Independent brewer and pub company Hall and Woodhouse has sold soft drinks brand Rio to A.G. Barr for £12.3m.

Sounds good: Signature Brew is launching its third fundraising drive

Signature Brew smashes fundraising target on day 1

By Gary Lloyd

East London-based Signature Brew, which is known for collaborating with musicians and bands, has launched its third crowdfunding campaign and is overfunding before the first day of the drive is over.

Money money money: Pubs reopen after impressive makeovers

PROPERTY ROUND-UP

Morgan Pub Collective site opens after £270k refurb

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Morgan Pub Collective has taken on its sixth pub with Greene King Pub Partners, a Surrey operator has taken on his second pub and Brakspear pumps £2m into two L&T sites.

(image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Red Oak Taverns to acquire 17 St Austell pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Red Oak Taverns is set to complete the purchase of 17 sites from St Austell Brewery’s leased and tenanted division, helping to further extend the former’s presence in the south west.

Damage: Pubs are dealing with flooding after heavy downpour (Credit: Getty/ BremecR)

Storm Babet forces pubs to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A pub in Edinburgh has sustained thousands of pounds worth of damage after Storm Babet destroyed it "from top to bottom".

What are current trends in the pub property market?

What are the current trends in the property market?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Morning Advertiser takes a deep dive into current trends in the property market. Cash is king and buyers are seeking honeypot locations and multiple income streams, while many are staying clear of borrowing from banks.

Drinks Masterclass: Lee Isaacs looks at ways for pubs to improve wine offering (Credit: Getty/Jetta Productions Inc)

DRINKS MASTERCLASS

Pubs need to 'stand out from the crowd' when it comes to wine

By Rebecca Weller

Kickstarting the latest series of The Morning Advertiser’s Drinks Masterclass, we've looked at trends within the wine category and how operators can “stand out from the crowd” to encourage consumers to explore wine lists and boost sales.

On-trade boost: sales of cider rose the most year-on-year last week (credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Weather and sport boost weekly drink sales

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks sales in the on-trade rose by 3% in the week to last Saturday (14 October) with the Rugby World Cup and good weather cited as the key drivers.

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CASK WEBINAR

Don't miss our cask webinar live today at 3pm

By Gary Lloyd

If you want to start or improve your cask beer offer, sign up now for free to watch our webinar on cask ale that goes live today at 3pm (Tuesday 31 October).

Standing out: Little Door & Co managing director and co-founder Kamran Dehdashti (left) with director and co-founder Jamie Hazeel

OPINION

Company culture: how we can stand out from the pack

By Kamran Dehdashti and Jamie Hazeel, founders, Little Door & Co

In the current economic climate, many hospitality businesses are finding the conditions tougher than ever – margins are being squeezed across the board, and revenue is less reliable and consistent than before.

Banging event: there are a number of considerations to take into account when hosting a fireworks display (image: Getty/Corri Seizinger)

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Key points to consider about bonfire night

By Natasha Beck, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With bonfire night a little over two weeks away, and the weather looking to be cold, but dry over that weekend, the conditions could be perfect to hold an outdoor event and firework display.

Staffing fears: industry workers may be thinking about a different career but job satisfaction levels have risen (credit: Getty/Charday Penn)

Career change considered by 42% of industry staff

By Gary Lloyd

More than two in five workers in the hospitality sector are considering a career outside the industry despite job satisfaction levels increasing ‘significantly’ during the past 12 months.

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