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Celebrating diversity: Pub Pride will take place this Friday

Sector set to celebrate Pub Pride

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling on people to celebrate Pub Pride on 27 May as part of its Summer of Pub campaign to encourage pub-going over the summer months.

Fundamentally flawed: BBPA calls on DEFRA for flexibility within PRN scheme (Credit: Getty/ Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)

BBPA calls for flexibility within PRN scheme

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for greater flexibility and transparency within the Packaging Waste Recycling Note (PRN) scheme to reduce volatility in the market and welcomed many of the proposed measures to help achieve this....

UKH Level Up Hospitality Level Up Society: new report highlights how the sector can generate economic growth and jobs (pictured: UKH CEO Kate Nicholls)

UKH report highlights how the sector can aid levelling up

By Rebecca Weller


Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has announced the release of its latest report, Level Up Hospitality – Level Up Society, highlighting how the sector is uniquely positioned to deliver growth and opportunity across the country.

Top thoughts: being able to diversify will help businesses, according to Seb Heeley-Wiggins

Opinion

'Diversification will carry us through'

By Seb Heeley-Wiggins, the Spirit of Manchester Distillery co-founder

Last year, amid the turmoil of the hospitality sector, we made a choice to plough a significant investment into a roto-vap allowing us to distil under pressure and at lower temperatures.

Opinion piece: when working well, the pubs code can be part of a smooth relationship between tenants and the pub company, says pubs code adjudicator Fiona Dickie

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What tenants need from the pubs code

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

With the current trading and economic challenges facing tied tenants, they want to be able to focus on running their businesses.

CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker: drink sales in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales in growth for fourth week in a row

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were up 1% in the seven days to Saturday 14 May compared to the same week three years ago, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

No slowdown yet in consumer demand for pubs (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

No consumer slowdown for pubs yet

By Ed Bedington

The latest ONS figures which show a boost in off-trade sales does not signal a slowing down in the on-trade, industry watchers report.

Make-or-break moment: Government must give sector due consideration with proposed online tax (Credit: Getty/DragonImages)

UKH and BBPA call for online sales tax

By Rebecca Weller

UKHospitality (UKH) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have shown support for the Government’s proposed online sales tax but warned the sector must be given due consideration to level the playing field and avoid double-taxation.

Quality is key for cask beer

Are you getting it right on cask?

By Ed Bedington

Are you selling your cask beer within the three day window? That’s the question we’re asking as part of The Cask Project.

Further levelling up funding for pubs (image: Getty/cogal)

Levelling up cash saves pubs

By Ed Bedington

A Herefordshire pub is being rescued and handed back to the community as part of a £2.2m “levelling up” initiative by the Government.

Juggling plates: Operators try to attract more customers while increasing prices (Getty/ LauriPatterson)

Menus grow and prices climb by 3.1%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Menus at pubs and bars have grown in size with prices rising by 3.1% as operators try to entice customers while balancing rising inflation rates, revealed data from Lumina Intelligence’s Menu Tracker.

Is the pub sector too resilient?

Are we victims of our own tenacity?

By Ed Bedington

The pub sector has always been something of a survivor, adapting and rolling with the punches thrown at it, but are we now finding ourselves the victims of our own tenacity?

Oakman Group offer lifeline to Archer's hotel staff

Oakman to the rescue in the Archers

By Ed Bedington

In a stroke of marketing genius, the Oakman Group has stepped into the fictional world in a bid to rescue a team of hospitality workers.

Pushing forward: M&B reports profits of £120m

M&B reports profits of £120m

By Rebecca Weller

Large multi-site pub operator Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has reported profits of £120m for the first half of 2022.

Return to profit: Marston's reports  £369.7m revenue

Marston’s reports return to operating profit

By Shwetali Sapte

Marston’s PLC has reported a return to pub operating profit and normalised trading, with like-for-like (LFL) sales at 97% of 2019 levels in the 26 weeks ending 2 April.

Female drinkers' choices could lead to more cask ale sales

the cask project

Female drinkers could be key in cask take-up

By Gary Lloyd

Licensee Ady Smith operates Greene King pub the Dove Street Inn, in Ipswich, with partner Karen. Here he explains how they took on the site and how cask can break ground with younger people.

Fish sales killing pubs: food inflation shows no signs of relenting (Credit: Getty/ Stela Vulpe)

Rising cost of fish shows 'no signs of relenting'

By Rebecca Weller

The cost of fish could continue to increase as post-pandemic inflation has continuously pushed price increases, the National Federation of fish friers (NFFF) has warned.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 43

The Lock In Podcast

Can pubs be better employers?

By Ed Bedington

With staffing challenges continuing to cause headaches for pub operators, the Lock In team tackle some of the issues that are causing the sector problems and have a bit of discussion about baldness discrimination...

Jubilee bank holiday weekend: celebrations could see 90m pints sold according to BBPA  (Credit: Getty/ The Good Brigade)

Jubilee weekend could provide £105m boost for sector

By Rebecca Weller

The upcoming Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend could result in an estimated 90m pints sold, providing a £105m boost for hospitality businesses, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

NTIA campaign: debate to be held on Friday 27 May in Brighton (Credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

NTIA brings night-time advisors campaign to Brighton

By Rebecca Weller

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has planned to bring its campaign to establish a Night-Time Economy (NTE) Advisors in every major city in the UK to Brighton Music Conference on Friday 27 May.

Plummeting figures: Challenges ahead for food and beverage M&A (Getty/ TomL)

UK food & bev M&A deal value plummets by 85%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK food and beverage sector’s mergers and acquisition deal value dropped by 85% in January to April, as Oghma Partners forecasts challenges ahead.

Job vacancies outnumber unemployment: recruitment and retention still a major concern for sector (Credit: Getty/Kobus Louw)

Number of licensees employed in sector the same as 2019

By Rebecca Weller

For the first time since records began the UK has more job vacancies than those in unemployment, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released yesterday (Tuesday 17 May).

New opening: Tin of Sardines to launch Sunderland venue

Tin of Sardines to open third site

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Tin of Sardines, which made headlines when it opened the world’s smallest gin bar in Durham, is set to open a third site, on Sunderland’s sea front, with a landscaped outdoor terrace hanging over the Roker Pier.

Challenges ahead: Flat sales for pubs in April (Getty/ filadendron)

Pubs report flat sales in April

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s leading managed pub, bar and restaurant groups recorded like-for-like sales growth of 2% in April 2022, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Wales Tourism Week: Public encouraged to visit hospitality venues in Wales (Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Wales Tourism Week 2022: Public urged to back businesses

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality Cymru (UKH) has urged the public to back local businesses and visit Wales’ hospitality sites throughout the holiday season, in light of the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 yesterday (Monday 16 May).

Deal details: the sale will be completed in three parts over the course of the 2023 financial year (image: Getty/Robert Daly)

C&C sells Admiral stake

By Nikkie Thatcher

Drinks company C&C Group has announced the sale of minority interest in pubco Admiral Taverns to Proprium Capital Partners for a total consideration of £55m.

Facing danger: One in six students claim to have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue (Getty/ Peter Kade)

1 in 6 students say they have been spiked at nightlife venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

One in six students said they have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue, with 80% believing venues were not doing enough to reduce the risk of spiking, the third edition of Stint’s The Students Sentiment Tracker revealed.

Third best result this year: drinks sales up 3% in week to Saturday 7 May (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales up 3% in week to 7 May

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 7 May were 3% up on the same week in 2019 in the third best result so far this year, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.