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Underage dilemma: alcohol-free beer could be a way of encouraging younger people to use pubs

Should pubs serve under-18s alcohol-free beer?

By Alice Leader

Every day, food and drinks such as a ripe banana or a slice of bread contain similar amounts of alcohol as an ‘alcohol-free’ beer, yet some operators do not permit sales of non-alcoholic drinks.

Urgent work: Sometimes no one will be aware that a premises has been operating illegally for years

Beware of insolvency complexities

By Poppleston Allen

We have recently been involved in several cases where the premises licence has lapsed by virtue of the licence holder becoming insolvent or being dissolved.

Strong as an ox: an in depth look at why Oxford may be the place for you

Regional report

What makes Oxford a good place to own a pub?

By Michelle Perrett

Residence of many operators, including home-grown brewer Brakspear, Oxfordshire offers plenty to the on-trade with a growth in population on the cards.

Rates rise: operators can expect to see another increase in business rates

Pubs face £13m business rates hike

By Nikkie Thatcher

The pub sector could face a rise in business rates of £12.77m thanks to a 1.7% uprating for inflation, real estate experts have warned.

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