Cut out: the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds would come into force between October 2019 and October 2020

Plastic straws could be banned by October 2019

By Nikkie Sutton

Single-use plastic straws and stirrers could be banned as early as October next year, after Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched a consultation into scrapping the items today (22 October).

Precedent set: Thomas Edwards of Fladgate says we are likely to see more enforcement action on fake reviews

Fighting back against paid review fraud

By Stuart Stone

Thomas Edwards of law firm Fladgate examines what the court ruling on fake TripAdvisor reviews in Italy could mean for the hospitality sector in the UK.

Euro block: European Union regulations have prevented a quarter of pubs eligible for Philip Hammond's discounted business rates from claiming support

EU rules prevent Government support to 7,000 pubs

By Stuart Stone

A quarter of pubs eligible for Government aid have missed out on assistance as a result of European Union rules governing state aid, according to figures from Altus Group.

Disparities occur: the ratings system is not as simple as it should be

How clean is your pub?

By Andrew Don

Are the UK’s food hygiene inspection schemes fit for purpose or do they have inherent weaknesses that need addressing?

Creating a 'good vibe': 'incidental' music is allowed in pub gardens

Legal Q&A: music volume and personal licences

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A with specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen looks at the regulations governing music volume and personal licence holder's with prior convictions

Requirements: make sure your staff know what to do and you are robust with allergen labelling procedures

Tragedy puts allergens in spotlight

By Poppleston Allen

You might have read recently about the case of a teenager who tragically died following an allergic reaction to sesame, an ingredient that was contained within a sandwich that she ate. This awful incident has again brought the issues of allergens into...

Destination venue: Barons Pub Company has added a freehold pub to its portfolio (Image: P L Chadwick, Geograph)

Barons Pub Co acquires £2.5m pub

By Emily Hawkins

Barons Pub Company is the new owner of a freehold destination pub in Surrey, which gives the group a larger portfolio of pubs in the region.