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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Challenges ahead: Flat sales for pubs in April (Getty/ filadendron)

Pubs report flat sales in April

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s leading managed pub, bar and restaurant groups recorded like-for-like sales growth of 2% in April 2022, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Wales Tourism Week: Public encouraged to visit hospitality venues in Wales (Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

Wales Tourism Week 2022: Public urged to back businesses

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality Cymru (UKH) has urged the public to back local businesses and visit Wales’ hospitality sites throughout the holiday season, in light of the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 yesterday (Monday 16 May).

Facing danger: One in six students claim to have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue (Getty/ Peter Kade)

1 in 6 students say they have been spiked at nightlife venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

One in six students said they have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue, with 80% believing venues were not doing enough to reduce the risk of spiking, the third edition of Stint’s The Students Sentiment Tracker revealed.

Third best result this year: drinks sales up 3% in week to Saturday 7 May (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales up 3% in week to 7 May

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 7 May were 3% up on the same week in 2019 in the third best result so far this year, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Forecast given: the tracker predicted a growth in essential and discretionary spending (image: Getty/ljubaphoto)

Hospitality spending rises despite falling confidence

By Shwetali Sapte, MCA

Consumer confidence fell for the third consecutive quarter in Q1 2022 but the percentage of consumers spending more on restaurants rose by nine points quarter-on-quarter, according to data from the Deloitte Consumer Tracker.

UKH summer conference: showcasing the sectors vision for the future

UKH summer conference to take place in June

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality leaders and MPs are among those expected to take part in the UKHospitality (UKH) Summer Conference to showcase the sectors vision for the future to key Government and political figures.

Sector needs actions now: Queen's speech on Tuesday 10 May provides 'missed opportunity' for reducing burden on hospitality (Credit: Getty/Weiyi Zhu)

Queen's speech provides 'missed opportunity' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

The Queen’s opening speech in the House of Lords yesterday (Tuesday 10 May) proved “an opportunity missed” as the hospitality industry needs “concrete action” to reduce the burdens faced by the sector.

Overall consumer spending in April up: but inflation and living costs impact hospitality sector according to Barclaycard data (Credit: Getty/ljubaphoto)

Consumer spending up 18.1% in April

By Rebecca Weller

Consumer card spending grew 18.1% in April compared with the same period in 2019, however, inflation and rising living costs impacted the hospitality sector with smaller uplifts than March, data from Barclaycard has shown.

Christie & Co: A promising start to the year for the home counties pub market

Strong start to 2022 for home counties pub market

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The year has kicked off to a strong start for the country pub market across the home counties, with business property adviser Christie & Co’s hospitality team completing on six individual pub sales across the region during March alone.

Tipping battle: plans to allow sector staff to keep all tips were first spoken about in 2016 (credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Anger over plans to scrap tips law

By Gary Lloyd

Trade bodies have reacted angrily to national reports that plans to ensure hospitality staff get the tips they have earned have been axed.

Permanent fixture: 51% of licensees felt this years extra bank holiday should be made permanent while 49% did not (Credit: Getty/naumoid)

Licensees divided on making Jubilee bank holiday permanent

By Rebecca Weller

Making the extra bank holiday for the Queens Platinum Jubilee a permanent fixture would be a fitting tribute but thanking the service industry would be a better celebration according to licensees across the sector.

Action set to be taken: inflation hikes means further costs to pubs (Credit: Getty/ Ibrahim Akcengiz)

Interest rate rise to battle increasing food prices

By Rebecca Weller

The Bank of England is today (Thursday 5 May) expected to announce the biggest increase to its base interest rate in 13 years, from 0.75% to 1%, in a bid to tackle inflation amid soaring food prices, according to a report by Sky News.

A listening ear: 24/7 mental health helpline now accessible for NTIA members (Getty/ We Are)

24/7 mental health helpline available for NTIA members

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A 24/7 helpline, run by the Drinks Trust, is now available to all members of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), as the organisations rally together to combat mental health stigma within the night-time economy.

Untold volatility: post-Brexit checks on EU imports have been delayed for a fourth time (Credit: Getty/MEDITERRANEAN)

Jacob Reese-Mogg delays post-Brexit checks on EU goods

By Rebecca Weller

Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Reese-Mogg has announced a fourth delay in the commencement of post-Brexit checks on EU goods in a move he claimed would save British businesses £1bn in annual costs.

Pubs can't tackle drink spiking alone: BBPA shares support for Home Affairs Committee's report (Pictured: BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin)

Pubs can't tackle drink spiking issue alone

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs work hard to keep their customers safe, but cannot overcome the issue of drink spiking alone, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Manifesto pledges: the SBPA wants more help to boost the late-night economy (credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

SBPA calls for late-night economy champs in Scotland

By Gary Lloyd

New ‘hospitality and late-night economy champions’ should be appointed in Edinburgh and Glasgow, according to the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) as part of its manifesto launch ahead of local elections on 5 May.

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.

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