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Inconsistent behaviour: NTIA states Government must take decisive action in introducing relief for the sector following its actions during lockdown (Credit: Andrew Parsons Via No 10 Downing Street Flickr)

Gov must take decisive action to provide relief for sector

By Rebecca Weller

Government must take decisive action in introducing relief, such as a reduction of VAT, for the hospitality sector following the exposure of its actions during lockdown, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

Pub ideals: chefs Dan and Natasha Smith operate gastropubs in the south-east

Call to Arms from pub chefs in Kent

By James McAllister

Chefs Dan and Natasha Smith have overcome a pandemic and the ire of locals to establish a mini empire of Michelin-starred pubs in rural Kent

Beer Day Britain 2022: celebration returns on Wednesday 15 June after two-year hiatus due to pandemic

Beer Day Britain returns for 2022

By Rebecca Weller

Beer Day Britain is returning after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, with Brits encouraged to partake in the event at the pub.

Previous winner: the Last Post took home the title of Community Hero Award in the 2021 Great British Pub Awards and won the £10,000 prize Coca-Cola Community Pub Fund prize

Great British Pub Awards

£10k up for grabs for GBPA category

By The Morning Advertiser

Entrants to the Community Hero category in this year’s Great British Pub Awards are again in with a chance of winning £10,000 to donate to a good cause, courtesy of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

J&S Pub Co takes on Star pub, Mist, in Scarborough

J&S takes on 5th Star site

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

North Yorkshire multiple operator, J&S Pub Company, has taken on its fifth Star Pubs & Bars pub, Mist in Scarborough, north Yorkshire, bringing its pub estate to seven.

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

opinion

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.