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A tough trade: despite research showing the pub sector is expanding, licensees give their views on what’s going on behind closed doors

What’s behind the demise of the local pub?

By Alice Leader

Despite a busy year in the sector that has included highlights such as huge pub chain acquisitions, there are still concerns of how to uphold the traditional, British institution of the local pub.

House for all: ‘perhaps we can redouble our efforts to look out for those most vulnerable, remembering that just like disability, some forms of vulnerability are not immediately obvious’

How can pubs look out for society’s most vulnerable?

By Poppleston Allen

Nelson Mandela once said: “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones,” and this principle could be applied to the late-night economy as well.

Time at the bar: a council will not grant extended opening hours after neighbours complained about noise

Publican loses battle to extend opening hours

By Alice Leader

A council has rejected a publican’s application to extend a pub’s opening hours after neighbouring residents warned it would worsen the existing “nightmare of noise” and disruption.

Government rule: workers benefit but pubs have to pay the wages

Licensees may make sacrifices over wage increases

By Alice Leader

While workers will receive a greater reward for their hard work through upcoming national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) increases, could this put pressure on operators in a time of great economic uncertainty?

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