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Ideal choice: Birrificio Angelo Poretti is versatile and is the impeccable enhancement for any dining occasion

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Made for the table

By Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Nestled at the foot of the Italian Campo Dei Fiori mountains, the Birrificio Angelo Poretti brewery has been producing crisp, fresh beers for more than a century. Thanks to the innovative and meticulous art of blending hops, the beer has clarity, flavour...

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Spring Statement a 'bitter blow' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement yesterday (Wednesday 23 March) a “bitter blow” for the sector as operators express disappointment with the Chancellor as he could have done more to ensure sustainability in the industry.

Publican Awards 2022 finalists in Best Pub Employer

Publican Awards 2022

Meet the finalists: Best Pub Employer sponsored by CPL Learning

By The Morning Advertiser

The accolade of Best Pub Employer will be awarded to the business that provides an excellent working environment including comprehensive training, strong staff motivation and benefits alongside a meaningful career path and development structure for employees.

Publican Awards 2022 finalists in Best Pub Brand/Concept

Publican Awards 2022

Meet the finalists: Best Pub Brand/Concept

By The Morning Advertiser

The award for Best Pub Brand/Concept will be presented to the firm that demonstrates business success, clear strategies and a strong focus on marketing the brand via all channels.

Lacking vital support: business rates discount of 50% welcome but will help only the smallest businesses in the sector (Credit: Getty/stocknshares)


50% business rates relief for eligible hospitality businesses

By Rebecca Weller

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a temporary 50% business rates relief for eligible hospitality businesses up to £110,000, worth £1.7bn for small businesses and effective from next month, as part of the 2022 Spring Statement.

Money matters: although the national insurance contribution threshold was raised, trade bodies were disappointed with Sunak’s speech (credit: Getty/Zedelle)

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More cash in pockets of sector staff as NI threshold raised by £3k

By Gary Lloyd

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has increased the threshold before workers start paying national insurance contributions by £3,000 in Wednesday’s Spring Statement meaning staff in the sector will keep more of the money they have earned.

Rates will rise: Hospitality 'disappointed' as no mention of VAT rate in Spring Statement

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Sunak silent on VAT in Spring Statement

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Chancellor made no reference to keeping the VAT rate at 12.5% permanently in the Spring Statement on Wednesday 23 March, meaning the rate will rise to 20% in April.

Pay rise: Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer (Getty/ Igor Vershinsky)

Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution Bars Group, the operator of bars including Revolución de Cuba, Playhouse, and Founders & Co, has invested £2m in raising wages over minimum wage, as part of the ‘fair day’s pay for hard day’s work’ pledge.

Raise a glass: Licensing hours extended for Jubilee weekend in June (Getty/ CreativeDream)

Pubs can open for extra 2 hours on Jubilee weekend

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The licensing hours for pubs, bars and clubs will be extended for an extra two hours for three nights over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.

Publican Awards 2022 finalists in Best New Site

Publican Awards 2022

Meet the finalists – Best New Site sponsored by Heineken UK

By The Morning Advertiser

The 2022 Best New Site award will be presented to the business that has opened in the past 24 months, has been trading for a minimum of six months and have demonstrated how effectively trade has been built at the site.

Publican Awards 2022 finalists in Best Food Offer

Publican Awards 2022

Meet the finalists: Best Food Offer sponsored by Guinness

By The Morning Advertiser

This year's Best Food Offer winner at the 2022 Publican Awards will be awarded to the company that delivers a successful food offer across their estate, with food a key part of the firm's total sales.

Truly punishing: 38% of operators cut trading hours to combat skyrocketing energy price increases (Credit: Getty/hit003)

Almost 40% of operators cut trading hours to combat rising costs

By Rebecca Weller

Almost two fifths of operators have been forced to cut trading hours to combat cost increases across the board, according to a poll conducted by trade organisations UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer and Pub Association...

Trade comparison: 'It doesn’t make economic sense that food bought in pubs, restaurants and cafés attract VAT of 20%, when food is VAT-free in supermarkets,' says JD Wetherspoon (JDW) boss Tim Martin

JDW boss blasts Gov proposal to increase VAT

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has criticised the Government’s plans to increase VAT back to 20% for food in pubs, restaurants and cafés from next month (April).

Super Saturday: last weekends culmination of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby tournament sees 11.4m pints sold

'Super Saturday' sees 11.4m pints sold

By Rebecca Weller

Almost 11.5m pints of draught beer and cider were sold in pubs across the UK on Saturday 19 March as the nation cheered ‘Super Saturday’s’ culmination of the Guinness Six Nations championship, according to data from real time market intelligence business...

Helping hand: Pubs and brewers provide support for Ukraine (Getty/ Douglas Rissing)

Pubs and brewers rally in support for Ukraine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Businesses in the brewing and pub industry are responding to the ongoing war in Ukraine with donations, fundraising appeals and offers of employment and accommodation.

Tackling staffing issues: sector business need to magnify ‘brand hospitality’ says Stint

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Are you being served?

By Harry Lang, chief marketing officer at Stint

How the UK hospitality industry can use its own strengths to mitigate the staffing crisis.

Trend setters: Nick Hack and Tina King of the Cadeleigh Arms, Devon, and the Shires in Lincolnshire

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FEATURE: What’s hot in food trends?

By Gary Lloyd

Most of us would like to see the end of the colder months as we, hopefully, usher in the post-peak-Covid world.

What's in the news 18 March

The MA's Review of the Week

‘We’re going to see the biggest division in wealthiest and poorest’

By Gary Lloyd

The MA’s Gary Lloyd caught up with night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord to get his views on the two-year anniversary of when Boris Johnson told people not to go to pubs before closing them, the upcoming Spring Statement, cost of...

Looking at licensing: the Business & Planning Act includes two provisions that can help operators - fast track pavement licences and temporary off sales of alcohol (image: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

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Update on Business & Planning Act

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor at Poppleston Allen

We are now into the second year since the provisions of the Business & Planning Act were introduced by the Government in July 2020, with a view to helping licensees trade as they reopened post- pandemic.