All news articles for January 2024

Stop the rot: BBPA urges Gov to secure sector's future as 509 pubs shut in 2023 (Credit: Getty/	dmbaker)

More than 500 pubs closed in 2023

By Rebecca Weller

More than 500 pubs closed their doors for good last year, data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

The Morning Advertiser Podcast episode 71

Going down the pan!

By Ed Bedington

Top toilets are vital for any pub operation, but are we always getting it right. The Lock In team go beyond the u-bend to find out how you can up your loo offer!

Progress being made: Be Inclusive Hospitality CEO Lorraine Copes says there is more data now on the understanding of inclusivity

OPINION

Progress in EDI is on the horizon for 2024

By Lorraine Copes, CEO of Be Inclusive Hospitality

Our industry has all the essential ingredients to stand as the beacon of inclusivity and opportunity – becoming the industry of choice where individuals from diverse backgrounds can develop and flourish in their careers.

Legacy system: two of the Union sets will be preserved at the brewery

CMBC to retire Union Sets

By Nikkie Thatcher

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has announced it is retiring the four remaining Union Sets at Marston’s Brewery in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire because using them as fermentation vessels is no longer viable, according to the company.

People focus: 'We're a people business. Our first priority is for the team and our partners, suppliers and customers,' North co-founder Christian Townsley tells The Morning Advertiser

North Brewing co-founder ‘debt repayments like cement shoes’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The burden of debt repayments alongside a plethora of ongoing challenges were cited as the reasons behind Leeds-based business North Brewing filing a notice of intention to appoint administrators, one of the co-founders told The Morning Advertiser.

Member of the public's view: the complaint focused on a square looking like a circle, which allegedly indicated a zero percent ABV drink

Complaint against Asahi Super Dry beer thrown out

By Gary Lloyd

A complaint in which a member of the public believed Asahi Super Dry beer communicated itself as a non-alcoholic drink has been thrown out by The Portman Group’s Independent Complaint Panel.

Mouse trap: operators have been urged to be robust in their attitude to food safety to avoid potential issues around rodents (image: Getty/Andyworks)

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Mice on the move

By Graeme Cushion, partner, Poppleston Allen

While I do not profess to be any kind of expert on the behaviour of rodents, I have heard anecdotally that the various lockdowns which we have all experienced may have had a knock-on effect on the rodent population as well.

Boss comments: M&B chief executive Phil Urban was delighted by the firm's trading performance

7.7% sales upswing for M&B

By Nikkie Thatcher

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has reported like-for-like sales growth of 7.7%, according to a trading update for the 15 weeks to 13 January 2024.

Fleurets Survey of Pub Prices January 2024: pub numbers expected to continue declining (Credit: Getty/onfilm)

Number of pubs expected to decline in 2024

By Rebecca Weller

The total number of pubs in the UK will “continue to decline” as more than a third of freehold sites sold in 2023 no longer operate as pubs, according to the Fleurets Survey of Pub Prices January 2024.

Ominous escalation: cost of a pint increases by 10% YOY (Credit: Getty/MarioGuti)

Pint prices jump 10% YOY

By Rebecca Weller

The Government “must act to secure the future of pubs” as the average cost of a pint of draught lager in the on-trade soars by more than 10% year-on-year (YOY).

No surprise: UKH urged Gov to mitigate costs for sector to avoid further fuelling inflation (Credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

UKH: 'inflation rise no surprise'

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality firms will have “no choice” but to pass further costs onto consumers without “action to mitigate costs”, further fuelling inflation.

How to tailor a low and no drinks offer at your pub

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The low and no drinks you must serve in January

By The Morning Advertiser

What goes up must come down is the saying, and the festive highs in the on-trade are painfully followed by January lows – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Vacancy drop: UKH's Kate Nicholls said the figures were 'encouraging' (Credit: Getty/Hispanolistic)

Vacancies fall by 35k

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There were 112,000 vacancies in hospitality at the end of 2023, new figures from the Office for National Statistic have revealed.

290m pints poured at pubs in December festive season

290m pints poured in December

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Over December, 290m pints were sold, new data from market intelligence firm Oxford Partnership has revealed.

Vacancies to fill: finding kitchen staff has been proving difficult for a long time (credit: Getty/andresr)

FEATURE – STAFFING, TRAINING, RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT

FEATURE: Overcoming the staffing shortage

By Michelle Perrett

Staffing has always been a challenge in the pub sector but since the perfect storm of Brexit, Covid, minimum and national living wage increases, the cost-of-living crisis, immigration changes – combined with the poor reputation of a career in the industry...

New site opening: Alex and Matt Crowther are opening the Lost Pug

Beer & Coffee Company to open the Lost Pug

By The Morning Advertiser

The Warwickshire-based bar and restaurant group behind venues including pubs the Royal Pug, the Fat Pug and the Black Pug in Warwick, and the Lazy Pug in Shipston is continuing to expand with plans for a new Pug venue.

Call on Government: BII CEO Steve Alton (left) with The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington

BII demands Gov support for pubs in Budget

By Gary Lloyd

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has demanded Government investment in pubs in the upcoming Budget as more than six out of 10 pubs reported revenues losses or flat trade in 2023.

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