Health & safety

Major review: National Pubwatch has called for people to fill out a new survey (Credit: National Pubwatch)

National Pubwatch announces 'major review'

By Rebecca Weller

National Pubwatch has called for people to take part in a new survey as part of a “major review” into the impact of its initiatives in creating safer drinking environments.

Shocking incident: Car crashes into Langport Arms (Credit:Getty/gorodenkoff)

Car crashes into 600-year-old pub

By Rebecca Weller

A Somerset pub and hotel has shared its gratitude for employees who “acted promptly” after a car crashed into the 600-year-old venue in a “shocking” incident.

Health and safety: It remains imperative for operators to be proactive despite cost pressures (Credit:Getty/SolStock)

Accidents happen but are they avoidable?

By Graeme Cushion, partner at Poppleston Allen

Recent press coverage of a case in South Wales has highlighted once again the potential vulnerability of operators in terms of the health and safety (and, indeed, broader regulatory) regime.

Modernisation: NTIA's Michael Kill said the move was a 'significant milestone' (Getty/ Peter Kade)

NTIA welcomes modernisation of spiking laws

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has welcomed the Home Office’s announcement to modernise legislation around drink and needle spiking.

Left in the dark: pubs in Surrey forced to close amid water supply issues (Credit: Getty/rustemgurler)

Water supply issues force Surrey pub to close

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs in Surrey were left without water on the “busiest day” of the week, potentially costing firms “thousands”, with much of the area still “left in the dark” about when their supply will return, one operator told The Morning Advertiser.

Extreme weather: pubs lose stock and are forced to close due heavy rain and flooding (Credit: Getty/onfilm)

Pubs forced to close due to flooding

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs across the country have lost thousands of pounds worth of trade and stock due to heavy rain and flooding – with one site even welcoming some fishy guests.

Help is at hand: some four out of five hospitality workers suffers at least one mental issue issue says Kris Hall of The Burnt Chef Project

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FEATURE: Suicide prevention training launched by Burnt Chef

By Gary Lloyd

As The Burnt Chef Project launches two new suicide prevention training programmes, founder and CEO Kris Hall has reiterated the need for people to talk about mental health issues to help thwart the rise of tragic deaths.

Pub blaze: police previously revealed the fire was being treated as arson (image: Getty/georgeclerk)

Police attend protest at Crooked House site

By Nikkie Thatcher

Police officers were in attendance at the former site of the Crooked House in Himley, Staffordshire this week after receiving reports a group of protesters were there.

To vape or not to vape? We want to know your pub's stance on e-cigs

POLL: Do you permit vaping in your pub?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Local councils have urged the Government to crackdown on the marketing of vapes, with the number of British adults using the products reaching record heights last year.

Wagging the tail: the Tap & Run renovation began in August 2022

Tap & Run innings set to resume

By Gary Lloyd

Cricket stars Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney have set a date for the reopening of their Tap & Run pub after fire destroyed the site in June last year.

Help for elderly: there are plenty of easy changes pubs can make to be dementia-friendly (credit: Getty/Dean Mitchell)

£7.25m backing for dementia-friendly pubs scheme

By Gary Lloyd

A scheme to introduce simple menus, training for staff and launch a Google map with dementia-friendly pubs charted on it has been backed with £7.25m funding by the UK Government.

The importance of access: People with disabilities have their say (Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Pubs & bars ‘averagely’ accessible

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Most respondents to the UK’s largest disability access survey felt pubs and bars were ‘averagely’ accessible for people with disabilities.

Staying afloat: the last part of the Energy Focus initiative sees businesses with accommodation highlight how they are reducing energy usage

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Operators with rooms reveal how they are cutting energy usage

By Nikkie Thatcher

Changing temperatures, providing extra bedding and investing in equipment are some of the ways operators of pubs with accommodation are trying to combat soaring energy costs.

New plans: Drinkaware wants to working together to reduce alcohol harm across the UK (credit: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

Drinkaware launches new strategy

By Gary Lloyd

Alcohol education body Drinkaware has launched a three-year strategy to improve on how society understands alcohol and make using it more risk-free.

Work to be done: Drinkaware chief executive Karen Tyrell

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EXCLUSIVE: A new strategy in the relationship with alcohol

By Phil Mellows

Karen Tyrell smiles and shrugs as though the answer is so obvious the question really wasn’t worth asking. “Well, yes, I go to pubs. They’re nice places to be, aren’t they?” she says, sure that no one could doubt it.

Preventing loss of stock: having a plan in place crucial to manage food safety during potential blackouts (Credit: Getty/FabrikaCr)

Preparation crucial during blackouts

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality businesses must ensure they have a plan in place to avoid panic and maintain food safety standards in “unlikely” event of blackouts this winter.

Social breach: A number of pubcos and clubs have been found in breach of strict alcohol rules set out by the ASA (Getty/ IGphotography)

ASA: Stonegate Facebook posts ‘irresponsible’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Stonegate and other pubcos have broken strict alcohol rules set out by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) through encouraging excessive drinking and featuring people appearing under 25 on social media.

Insect repellent: avoiding having bright colours in your garden is one tip to deter wasps from buzzing around your customers (image: Getty/marcophotos)

9 ways pubs can ward off wasps

By Nikkie Thatcher

With summer now underway way and the warm weather bringing out all creatures great and small, we’ve put together a few tips on how operators and deter wasps from buzzing around their customers in the garden.

Vitally important: NTIA states rebuilding confidence in transport infrastructure vital as sector regains pre-pandemic trade levels (Credit: Getty/ilkersener)

TfL confirms night tube services return

By Rebecca Weller

Building confidence in the nations transport infrastructure is “vitally important” as businesses regain pre-pandemic levels of trade, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

The Admiralty pub suffers fire: Fuller's site to remain closed until further notice  (Credit: Getty/Ricky Deacon)

Fuller's pub suffers 'serious' fire

By Rebecca Weller

A Fuller, Smith & Turner site in Central London will remain temporarily closed until further notice after a “serious” and “challenging” fire broke out at the premises yesterday (Tuesday 12 July) afternoon.

Supportive working environment: Night Owl implements menopause policy to tackle stigma

Night Owl encourages sector to tackle menopause stigma

By Rebecca Weller

Independent Birmingham and London-based nightclub the Night Owl has urged businesses across the UK to join its pledge in tackling stigma and prejudice in the workplace with regards to the menopause.

Ensuring customer safety: safeguarding schemes essential for the sector (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Safeguarding schemes 'essential' for hospitality

By Rebecca Weller

Schemes such as ‘Ask for Angela’ are essential in helping hospitality venues ensure the safety of customers, especially women or those considered vulnerable, amid “increasingly common” risk of drink spiking and violence, according to independent London...

Pub blaze: the fire took hold over the weekend (image: Getty/Jaroslaw Kilian)

Cricket stars’ pub up in flames

By Nikkie Thatcher

A village pub owned by cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney has been damaged by a fire over the weekend.

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.

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.

Clean slate: Hance McGhie offers advice on keeping your pub in mint condition

Five post-pandemic hygiene lessons

By Hance McGhie, business development executive, Chemisphere UK

The hospitality industry has been through many challenges during the pandemic but, as we all adapt to the emerging, restriction-free world with a hopeful eye on the future, some of the lessons learnt when it comes to hygiene can – and should – be built...

'Public health guff': health warnings are not supposed to make products unappealing (credit: Getty/sturti)

Health warnings on alcohol make drinking ‘unappealing’

By Chris Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Institute of Economic Affairs head of lifestyle economics Chris Snowdon looks at how a study by the University of Stirling has made young adults more likely to shun drinking over the use of health warnings on them.

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