Opinion: Aiden Smith (pictured) shares his thoughts on the current economic challenges faced by pubs


OPINION: Innovative financing 'imperative' for pubs

By Aiden Smith, licensee of the Chequers, Milton Keynes

There are three main areas to the successful operation of a public house, those being ownership, location and offering, including price, food and events etc.

Welcome boost: economy grew 0.4% in May (Credit:GettyJ Studios)

May GDP growth 'positive news'

By Rebecca Weller

May’s GDP boost was a welcome indication the economy is returning to sustained growth but Government action is needed to unlock the hospitality sector’s full potential.

Data analysis: pub and bar company insolvencies increased by 30% in the year ending 30 April (image: Getty/Alexander Sanchez)

Pub and bar insolvencies soar by 30%

By Felicity Giles

The amount of insolvencies of pub and bar companies has increased by almost a third (30%) as 784 were lost in the past year.

Significant promise: Labour pledged to reform business rates in its manifesto (Ingus Kruklitis)


Lookback at Labour's pledges during election campaign

By Rebecca Weller

After the nation elected Keir Starmer as Prime Minister, The Morning Advertiser (MA) has looked back on the pledges made by the Labour Party during the election campaign.

Top tips: Poppleston Allen issues advice on how to stay vigilant around underage drinking during the summer holidays (image: Getty/andresr)


Underage drinking: staying vigilant during summer holidays

By Paula Kioko, marketing associate, Poppleston Allen

The summer holidays bring an influx of customers to pubs and restaurants, creating a lively and bustling atmosphere. However, this busy season also comes with its own challenges, specifically the prevention of underage sales.

Work to be done: business administrations have risen (credit: Getty/okeyphotos)

NTIA: new Gov must stop rise in administrations

By Gary Lloyd

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has demanded the incoming Government take action after research showed there has been a 16% surge in business administrations so far this year.

Licensing note: operators have been urged to check their licence for the Euros final (image: Getty/FG Trade)


Reminder: Gov extension only applies to England semi and final so check licence

By Andy Grimsey, senior associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Now England have squeezed past Slovakia to set up a quarter-final clash with Switzerland, they have taken another step towards the semi-final and final of Euro 2024, and are keeping the dream of ‘bringing it home’ alive…..albeit just!

Legal advice: looking out for vulnerable people (Credit:Getty/shironosov)


Is a vulnerable person safe in your premises?

By Andy Grimsey, senior associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Nowadays it is expected – and quite rightly so – that licensed premises should have a policy, and their staff are trained in it, to recognise and deal with vulnerable persons on their premises.

General election: Who will we see in Downing Street?


Pub operators' thoughts ahead of general election

By Rebecca Weller

Ahead of the general election tomorrow (Thursday 4 July) the Morning Advertiser (MA) has looked at operator opinions on the fate of the nation's pubs.

Disappointed: Interest rates held for seventh consecutive time (Credit:Getty/MicroStockHub)

UKH: rates should be cut as inflation falls

By Rebecca Weller

Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has shared its “disappointment” at interest rates being held for a seventh consecutive time despite easing inflation.

NTIA demand: Michael Kills fears the UK night-time economy risks falling behind (credit: Getty/Marco_Piunti)

NTIA wants dedicated minister for night-time economy

By Gary Lloyd

The UK must follow the lead of world-leading cities in appointing a night-time economy minister to safeguard the future of nightlife, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Pub companies' digital approaches to help tenants understand the pubs code


Digital solutions to new tenant information

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) is encouraged by pub company plans to use digital approaches to increase tenant understanding of their pub code rights and provide them with the information they are entitled to under the pubs code.

Votes are up for grabs: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin talks about some of the general election manifestos (credit: Getty/Adam Webb)

What will each political party do for pubs?

By Gary Lloyd

With the general election less than three weeks away, political parties have got put forward policies to help the on-trade if they want votes from the sector.

Business proposals: the Night-Time Industries Association has called on the new Government for various support options (image: Getty/John M Lund Photography Inc)

NTIA urges parties to prioritise night-time economy

By Nikkie Thatcher

Political parties need to recognise the importance of the night-time economy through the implementation of a national strategy and appointment of dedicated leadership within central Government, one trade body has urged.

Pledges made: the Conservative party has laid out its manifesto ahead of the upcoming general election on 4 July (image: Getty/Abdullah Durmaz)

UKH welcomes biz rates reform pledge

By Nikkie Thatcher

Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has welcomed a pledge in the Conservative party’s election manifesto that claims it will commit to fixing the ‘unfair burden of business rates’ for hospitality firms.

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen advice on changing laws for pavement licenses (Credit:Getty	miodrag ignjatovic)


Changes to the law on chairs and tables on public highways

By James Anderson, Partner, Poppleston Allen

This week’s top tips looks at table and chair licences for public highways including reference to the change in the law and the process for renewals and new grants.

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