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Frisco boss Cuthbertson on cask ale

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We need to stop the ‘Real Ale Assassins’

By James Cuthbertson, director Frisco Group and ex-MD of Dark Star Brewing

Let’s be honest, as an industry, when it comes to cask beer, we need to do much better.

Price hikes: JD Wetherspoon's labour costs have risen by 7.7% in 2022 (image: Getty/Pears2295)

JDW has increased pay rates by 5.5%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has pushed its average pay per hour up by 5.5% a year from 2013 to 2021, it has revealed.

Support and security: UKH calls for Gov to help counter shortages in night-time sector (Getty/ AndreyPopov)

UKH backs call for Gov night-time sector support

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) has backed calls for a Government support package to help counter shortages in night-time sector door staff, including assistance in recruitment and training of additional security staff, especially women.

Looking to the future: now is the time to re-evaluate sector says Lorraine Copes

Racism hinders career progress according to new research

By Gary Lloyd

Some 43% of black people say their ethnicity has hindered career progression in the hospitality sector while only 7% of white people believe the same, according to the second edition of the Inside Hospitality report.

Multiple operator: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham founded the business two years ago

A deep dive into Nightcap’s acquisition trail

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Nightcap has hit the acquisition trail hard, buying up a number of sites over the past 12 months, taking it to a 33-strong estate at present, with an additional 23 under offer or in legal negotiations.

Home Affairs Committee report: incidents of drink spiking require better investigations (Credit: Getty/PeopleImages)

Drink spiking incidents need better investigations

By Rebecca Weller

Incidents of drink spiking require better investigations and new strategies to reduce the number of occurrences, according to a report published today (Tuesday 26 April) by the Home Affairs Committee.

Hospitality wage increases: inflation likely to erode benefits (Credit: Getty/Klaus Vedfelt)

Surge in chefs’ wages

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality has been one of few sectors to have seen pay increases in keeping with inflation, but the cost-of-living crisis is likely to erode the benefits, according to Indeed Hiring Lab.

Greene King, greener planet: The pubco pledges to become net zero by 2040 (Getty/ jaquesvandinteren)

Greene King pledges to be net zero by 2040

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Greene King has pledged to become net zero by 2040, following steps taken by trade bodies to cut down the sector’s carbon footprint after the chief executive dubbed the climate crisis the “greatest challenge of our time.”

Molson Coors supports hospitality category

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Beer & beyond: Why Molson Coors is finding new ways to support its customers

By Martyn Cozens, UK on-trade director at Molson Coors

It’s been a testing couple of years for the hospitality sector and, as we emerge from the pandemic and face other economic challenges, there’s never been a more important time for pubs and their suppliers to support each other.

High inflation: Fruit and veg prices skyrocket (Getty/ Gary Yeowell)

Seasonal fruit and veg prices soar by 37%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Soaring inflation rates have seen seasonal fruit and veg prices increase on average by 37% versus the same period in 2020, revealed data from the Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Figures released: Heineken announced its most recent trading update (image: Getty/LauriPatterson)

Heineken warns of further price hikes

By Nikkie Thatcher

Global brewer Heineken is considering increasing its prices as a result of inflationary pressures and “macro-economic uncertainty”.

New initiative: Young’s staff can choose their own work hours

Young’s gives staff power to choose hours

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Young’s has launched a new internal platform, the Ram Agency, to give employees the power to pick their working hours as part of its recruitment drive.

Spending rise: the good weather and first restriction-free Easter weekend since 2019 saw a sales boost for pubs (image : Getty/mihailomilovanovic)

Easter bank holiday spend up 74%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spend in UK pubs, bars and nightclubs over the Easter weekend this year was up by almost three quarters (74%) compared to 2019 figures.

Clean slate: Hance McGhie offers advice on keeping your pub in mint condition

Five post-pandemic hygiene lessons

By Hance McGhie, business development executive, Chemisphere UK

The hospitality industry has been through many challenges during the pandemic but, as we all adapt to the emerging, restriction-free world with a hopeful eye on the future, some of the lessons learnt when it comes to hygiene can – and should – be built...

Reducing waste, sustainable packaging and transparency: How you can make your takeaway offer more sustainable (Getty/ kyotokushige)

Customers care about sustainability when ordering takeaway

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Stocking sustainable food options, avoiding waste and being conscious about packaging are key to attracting customers to pubs when serving takeaways, a survey commissioned by Deliverect has revealed ahead of World Earth Day (22 April).

Number crunching: nightclubs saw the biggest change in site numbers across the hospitality sector with a fall of 9.8% from March 2021 to March 2022 (image: Getty/ilbusca)

Pandemic cost licensed sector 9,200 venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The number of licensed premises has fallen by more than 9,000 now compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures have revealed.

The Blacksmiths Arms operator Maria Dillon along with the LoveInspire founder and chief executive Monica Holton

Heineken Brewing Good Cheer campaign celebrates togetherness

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Heineken’s Brewing Good Cheer campaign is subsidising get togethers for good causes, after research revealed 30% of people lacked confidence to go out, despite eight out of 10 people claiming socialising important to their wellbeing.

Rapid growth: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham says the Bristol opening for Blame Gloria is set to take place later this year (credit: Nicky Johnston)

Nightcap announces first Blame Gloria opening outside London

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, has announced another opening for the rapidly expanding group in the form of a Blame Gloria site, which sits under the Adventure Bar Group umbrella,...

Gastropub galore: Three pubs amongst London's top restaurants

Three pubs crowned in London’s top 100 restaurants

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Three gastropubs have been credited in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best 100 restaurants, after they were acknowledged by the Top 50 Gastropub awards at the start of the year.

Boss comment: 'Through the pandemic, we are justly proud of how H&W has resolutely stuck to its purpose and lived by its values despite the extreme pressure,' says H&W chairman Anthony Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse returns to profitability

By Nikkie Thatcher

South England-based business Hall & Woodhouse (H&W) has returned to profitability with an underlying profit before tax of £1.6m in the 2021/22 financial year, after a loss previous period of £10.5m.

Improve your offer: if you a new pub operator who wants to add cask ale to your range, we can help

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Call for new cask ale operators

By Ed Bedington

With cask beer being a unique product for UK pub operators, it’s important to ensure pubs are maximising the opportunity and getting it right and The Morning Advertiser (MA) is now seeking new operators to the trade to help them lay solid foundations...

Staffing issues: operators are offering a variety of incentives to attract and keep employees (image: Getty/ablokhin)

1 in 10 roles remain vacant

By Nikkie Thatcher

Recruitment and retention are still major concerns for the sector with staffing issues looking to set back the sector’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new research.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 41

Tackling the crippling cost increases

By Ed Bedington

With sky-rocketing costs across all aspects of the trade, the Lock In team take a look at what's driving those, and any steps operators can take to mitigate and make savings.

Cider specialists: The Ciderologist Gabe Cook (above right) has lots of advice as do Thatchers, Kopparberg and Westons, among others

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FEATURE: Facts, stats and advice to push your cider offer

By Gary Lloyd

The Chinese new year began a couple of months ago, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, but operators of hospitality businesses will be hoping 2022 will be the ‘Year of the Pub’ as sites return to full use across the UK.

Inquiry submissions: Michael Kill and Sacha Lord are two industry leaders quizzing the Government

NTIA fires broadsides at UK and Welsh governments

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has joined forces with leading figures within the sector in criticising the Government’s draft terms for its inquiry into the full impact Covid has had for hospitality.

Welcome news: SLTA MD Colin Wilkinson says the move is long overdue

SLTA: end of mandatory face coverings ‘not before time’

By Gary Lloyd

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has welcomed the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the legal requirement to wear face coverings on public transport and in some public places – including licensed hospitality – will move...

'Public health guff': health warnings are not supposed to make products unappealing (credit: Getty/sturti)

Health warnings on alcohol make drinking ‘unappealing’

By Chris Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Institute of Economic Affairs head of lifestyle economics Chris Snowdon looks at how a study by the University of Stirling has made young adults more likely to shun drinking over the use of health warnings on them.

Trade hits back: The Oakman Group's Dermot King says businesses must be able to trade under a fair tax system

Give the Government credit WHEN credit is due

By Dermot King, CEO, The Oakman Group

The Oakman Group chief executive Dermot King responds to Lord Smith of Hindhead’s reaction to the hospitality sector over funding.