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Attention to detail: Inception Group's innovation with this site was impressive

Publican awards 2022

Best New Site sponsored by Heineken – Cahoots Ticket Hall & Control Room

By The Morning Advertiser

Inception Group’s unique 1940s theme bar the Ticket Hall, and downstairs event space the Control Room, near Oxford Circus, impressed judges with its authentic storytelling, with this new bar linking well with the story of the original Cahoots Underground...

National Pubwatch chief executive Steve Baker OBE holding one of the new Pubwatch award trophies

Entries sought for National Pubwatch Awards 2022

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubwatch schemes are being urged to enter the National Pubwatch Awards 2022, which recognise the work of local initiatives and efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff.

Group plans: through a series of guides and training materials, Ability aims to raise awareness of different disabilities, both visible and non-visible, and the different challenges they present to employees

Greene King reveals new inclusion group

By Rebecca Weller

Large operator Greene King this week (Monday 4 April) launched a new inclusion group to support its team members with disabilities, Ability, to mark the start of Autism Awareness Month.

Late night business: Rekom impressed with its innovation amid the pandemic

Publican Awards 2022

Best Late Night Operator sponsored by Kopparberg – Rekom

By The Morning Advertiser

Rekom, formerly Deltic, runs 47 venues including the Pryzm nightclub brand, bar operations and two restaurants. Its premises have licensed capacities ranging from 450 to 2,800 guests.

Heavyweight showdown: boxing could boost bottom line for pubs

BT Sport offers discount on Fury v Whyte fight

By Gary Lloyd

BT Sport is offering an early bird discount for the pay-per-view screening of the sold-out boxing clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte on Saturday 23 April.

You bet: Jean-David Thumelaire has seen BBG’s ‘bets’ on the on-trade begin to pay off already

Big Interview

BBG vows to support the on-trade

By Gary Lloyd

Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland’s Jean-David Thumelaire talks about the pandemic, the business’s Stella Please campaign and its latest innovations, among other things, with The Morning Advertiser associate features editor Gary Lloyd.

Expanding palette: JDW revamps menu with new dishes

JDW adds 14 new dishes to menu

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has launched a range of new meals across pubs in England Scotland and Wales, including chicken dishes, curries and healthier options.

What's in the news 1 April?

The MA's Review of the Week

'We as an industry need to adapt'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the group md of award winning Liberation Group, Jayson Perfect, to get his thoughts on the weeks events. From winning three Publican Awards, to rising headwinds and the importance of outdoor trading.

Salary rise: the increase in wages come after the Low Pay Commission's recommendation (image: Getty/lovelyday12)

NLW to rise by 6.6%

By Nikkie Thatcher

National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from today (Friday 1 April), with the NLW hike labelled “the largest ever uplift”, the Government has announced.

Death by a thousand cuts: as costs continue to rise pubs have been left with no breathing space following Covid and face a tough year (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Hospitality sector entering 'catastrophic period'

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have had no breathing time following the pandemic as rising costs pose multiple challenges for operators who have survived by “the skin of their teeth” with the potential for a "catastrophic" and "very tough" year ahead, according...

New products round up: Greene King, Beavertown, Young's, Peroni and Match Day Brewery announce new beers


Greene King, Beavertown & Peroni launch new beers

By Rebecca Weller

Large operator Greene King has launched 4 new products while Beavertown, Peroni, Kraken, Henry Westons, Bathtub Gin and Fever-Tree all expand their portfolios in this weeks new products round up.

Lower rate: VAT has been at 12.5% on food, soft drinks and accommodation since October 2021 (image: Getty/valiantsin suprunovich)

20% VAT hike comes into force

By Nikkie Thatcher

The return of a 20% VAT rate on food, accommodation and soft drinks is implemented from today (Friday 1 April).

The Publican Awards in pictures: Can you spot yourself?

Publican Awards 2022

Were you spotted at The Publican Awards 2022?

By The Morning Advertiser

Record numbers flocked to The Publican Awards that took place on Wednesday 30 March at Battersea Evolution in central London.

Sacha Lord (pictured): cost of a pint could increase by as much as 20p in coming months

Sacha Lord forecasts up to 20p increase in cost of a pint

By Rebecca Weller

Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, has forecasted a 16 to 20p rise in the cost of an average pint over the next 3 months as inflation, increased VAT pressures, and surging gas prices hit hospitality operators.

Publican Awards 2022: attendees celebrated the sector in person for the first time in 2 years


Publican Awards 2022: social media highlights

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector came together to celebrate the industry at the biggest ever Publican Awards for the 2022 ceremony on Wednesday 30 March at Evolution, Battersea, London.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 40

The Lock In Podcast

The challenges of outdoor trading

By Ed Bedington

With summer threatening, the Lock In team take a look at whether pubs are ready or not for outdoor trading, looking at some of the challenges, and how recent legislative changes have impacted on the classic pub garden.

All rise: every city on the report has increased sales as footfall returns (credit: Getty/andresr)

Glasgow bounces back strongest with recovery slower in London

By Gary Lloyd

Glasgow has been labelled the most vibrant of the top 10 UK cities as the hospitality trade continues to improve with London the slowest to recover, according to a new report from insights data and Wi-Fi specialists CGA and Wireless Social.

Opinion piece: Tory Peer and chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs Philip Smith looks back on Government support amid the pandemic (image: Getty/Luis Davilla)


'Give the Government credit, where credit is due'

By Philip Smith, the Lord Smith of Hindhead CBE and chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs

As we emerge from the Covid pandemic I think we can all agree that this has been the most extraordinary time in most of our lives, and in the life of the nation. There will be many lessons to be learned.

Great British Beer Festival 2022: CAMRA festival returns to London following 2 year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic

CAMRA festival returns after 2 year hiatus

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) will return to London Olympia from 2 to 6 August 2022 following a 2-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.