Pledge made: Rishi Sunak will target business rates if elected

Sunak vows to slash business rates

By Gary Lloyd

PM candidate Rishi Sunak has vowed to slash business rates if he is elected as the next Conservative party leader.

CARF payments: two fifths of councils still not issued payments despite deadline fast approaching (Credit: Getty/DragonImages)

Councils still not issuing Covid payments

By Rebecca Weller

More than two fifths of councils have not begun making payments to businesses from the Covid Additional Relief Fund (CARF) support package, meaning thousands of businesses could miss out on £700m, research from property consultancy Gerald Eve has revealed.

Positive step: independent review into supply chain labour shortages to be carried out (Credit: Getty/Dougal Waters)

DEFRA review into labour shortages

By Rebecca Weller

Review into supply chain labour shortages to be carried out by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) brings a "welcome" and “positive step" forward for the sector, trade bodies across the industry have stated.

Value of nightclubs: NTIA calls on gov to recognise late night venues' value after one in five nightclubs close in past three years (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

1 in 5 nightclubs close over past three years

By Rebecca Weller

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called on the Government to recognise the “important part” nightclubs play on the nations well-being and protect late night businesses before it’s too late.

New strategy: PCA sets out three-year plan to deliver its priorities (Pictured: PCA Fiona Dickie)

PCA announces new three-year strategy

By Rebecca Weller

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) yesterday (Monday 1 August) published a strategy for delivering its priorities over the next three years.

Lioness success should give hope to pubs

Keep hope alive

By Ed Bedington

We're facing some challenging times as costs escalate and consumer cash gets pinched, but there are some bright spots, I hope...

In the running: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final two contenders in the Conservative party leadership race (image: Getty/luoman)

Sunak remains pubs’ favourite for PM´

By Nikkie Thatcher

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is The Morning Advertiser (MA) readers’ preference out of him and foreign secretary Liz Truss.

Battle for No 10: PM candidates take part in debate discussing inflation and levelling up (Credit: Getty/oversnap)

Race to No.10: Sunak vs Truss on inflation and levelling up

By Rebecca Weller

Taking part in a head-to-head debate on the BBC last night (Monday 25 July), Prime Ministerial (PM) candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss discussed how they would tackle inflation, economic security and levelling up.

Announcement due: the winner of the leadership contest is set to be revealed in September (image: Getty/PhotoLondonUK)

Truss or Sunak – who would you rather be PM?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With foreign secretary Liz Truss and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the final two of the Conservative Party leadership race, we want to know which one our readers want as the next Prime Minister.

Urgent review needed: Sacha Lord (pictured) has called for BREXIT visa restrictions to be eased to aid sector's workforce crisis

Sacha Lord calls for ease of Brexit restrictions

By Rebecca Weller

Night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has called on the Government to ease Brexit visa rules to stem the jobs crisis hitting the hospitality sector.

Recovery Loan Scheme extended: Kwasi Kwarteng confirms RLS extension (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Recovery Loan Scheme to be extended

By Rebecca Weller

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng yesterday (Wednesday 20 July) announced the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) was to be extended for a further two years in an effort to support businesses grappling with rising costs...

New punishment for recreational drug use: NTIA says some measures suggested by Home Secretary already in place (Credit: Getty/Image Source)

Drug use 'won't be stopped' by new measures

By Rebecca Weller

Recreational drug use, in particular within hospitality settings, “will not be stopped” using the suggested methods by Home Secretary Priti Patel, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Deposit Return Scheme: a 20p deposit will be added to drinks containers to maximise recycling (credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Biffa to run Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

By Gary Lloyd

Waste disposal business Biffa has been appointed as the logistics provider to ensure maximum recycling of drinks containers for the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland.

Absolutely right: new legislation withholds employers from keeping staff tips (Credit: Getty/ Peter Muller)

Allocation of Tips Bill 'welcome boost'

By Rebecca Weller

The terms outlined in the Allocation of Tips Bill were “absolutely right” and a “welcome boost” according to trade bodies and industry leaders across the sector.

Catastrophic: further rail strikes could lead to irreparable loss for hospitality sector (Credit: Getty/gregobagel)

Further rail strikes 'catastrophic' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has raised further concerns over the sector’s post-pandemic recovery amid confirmation of more rail strikes, set to have a “catastrophic” impact on the industry.

RMT announces more rail strikes

By Rebecca Weller

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has announced further strike action to take place later this month amid ongoing disputes around pay and job security.

Scandalous and unfair: Industry officials criticised the Pubs Code

Pubs code labelled ‘wholesale failure’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The pubs code came under fire as a “wholesale failure” at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee meeting yesterday (12 July), designed to assess the usefulness of the code.

Urgent reforms called for: Colliers says business rates reduction must not be gradual (credit: Getty/AlexKozlov)

Next Tory leader must reform business rates

By Gary Lloyd

Tory leadership hopefuls must reform business rates and rule out a phased downwards transition to cut tax and save the high street, according to commercial estate agent Colliers.

In the running: there are a number of MPs in the race to become Conservative Party leader (image: Getty/_ultraforma_)

Rishi Sunak ‘most suitable of PM contenders’

By Nikkie Thatcher

While former chancellor Rishi Sunak was the most popular of the contenders vying for the role of Prime Minister with The Morning Advertiser (MA) readers, most of the votes were in favour of none of the candidates.

Licensing Act 2003 post legislative scrutiny: review comes at

Licensing Act review comes at 'critical' time

By Rebecca Weller

A new House of Lords select committee follow up report on the Licensing Act 2003, Post-Legislative Scrutiny, has come at a “critical” time and, while things have improved, some areas of inconsistency have remained, according to trade bodies across the...

Working with the sector: Jane Hunt to replace Paul Scully as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at BEIS (Credit: Getty/ Luis Davilla)

Jane Hunt to replace Paul Scully as BEIS MP

By Rebecca Weller

Jane Hunt, MP for Loughborough, has been confirmed to replace Paul Scully as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Stability and clarity: sector needs consistency to accelerate economic growth (Credit: Andrew Parsons Via No 10 Downing Street Flickr)

Sector needs stability from Downing Street

By Rebecca Weller

Whoever is at 10 Downing Street, the hospitality sector needs consistent and stable, strategic plans to accelerate economic growth, according to industry leaders and licensees across the sector.

Government leader: the new Prime Minister will replace Boris Johnson who has announced his resignation (image: Getty/oversnap)

Who do you want as the next PM?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With a new leader of the Conservative party set to be appointed, we want to know who you'd prefer to be the next Prime Minister.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 46

The Lock In Podcast

Lock In season finale - coping with what lies ahead

By Ed Bedington

The second season of the Lock In podcast draws to a close as the team take a look at what lies ahead for the pub sector and seek some expert advice to allow operators to prepare.

Sector held back by lack of investment incentive: Bank of England warns lenders should prepare for “deteriorated economic outlook” (Credit: Getty/Oleksandr Siedov)

Pubs held back by 'lack of incentives to invest'

By Rebecca Weller

The Bank of England has warned the global economic outlook has “deteriorated materially” and was “very uncertain” as part of its Financial Stability Report, published yesterday (Tuesday 5 July).

Evidence session: the Government's Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee will be examining the pubs code and assess how it is working

Pubs code to be examined by business committee

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee will question a number of people from the industry on how the pubs code is working later this month (Tuesday 12 July).

Coronavirus impact: according to Simply Business, independent pubs and restaurants have lost about £40,000 each as a result of the pandemic (image: Getty/itsarasak thithuekthak)

1 in 3 firms fear running out of cash

By Nikkie Thatcher

As many as 32% of small business owners are worried about running out of money as the cost-of-living crisis bites, data has found.

Further strike action: RMT officials issue contradicting statements regarding future strikes (Credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Avoidance of further rail strikes 'imperative' to sector's health

By Rebecca Weller

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has stated it will take “further effective strike action” if negotiations surrounding pay and job security cannot be settled, according to RMT general secretary Mick Lynch.

Demising margins: proposed Government campaign encouraging businesses to offer discounts to consumers poses a “slippery slope

Gov discount scheme poses 'slippery slope' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

A proposed Government campaign encouraging businesses to offer discounts to consumers without any financial backing poses a “slippery slope” amid demising margins, according to one Canterbury-based licensee.

Court case: Stonegate is seeking to recover more than £1bn in losses

Upcoming Stonegate Covid insurance court case examined

By Bill Dunkerley, regulatory lawyer at law firm Pannone Corporate

Stonegate Pub Company is due to have a case heard within the next month at the High Court regarding a claim against its business interruption insurers over losses incurred as a result of restrictions imposed in response to Covid-19.

Potential failure: DRS scheme needs urgent review according to sector (Credit:Getty/Daniel Grizelj)

Scotland's DRS scheme needs urgent review to avoid 'failure'

By Rebecca Weller

Scotland’s Deposit Return (DRS) Scheme could “prove a costly failure” without urgent review and poses “inherent financial risks to hospitality businesses”, according to MSPs and trade body UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland.

Critical situation: 74% of operators surveyed stated energy costs biggest contributor to ‘plummeting’ profitability (Credit: Getty/ Dimensions)

Profitability ‘plummets’ as operating costs soar

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality trade bodies have called on the Government to tackle inflationary headwinds and introduce a new tax and investment regime to get the industry back on track and recognise the contribution it could make to the economy.

Cash change: all Bank of England bank notes are now available on polymer (image: Flickr/Bank of England)

100 days left of paper £20 and £50 notes

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Bank of England has urged anyone who still has paper £20 and £50 notes to use them or deposit them to the bank, ahead of the cash being withdrawn later this year.

Cost of living crisis: food prices hikes have pushed inflation to a record high

Inflation hits 40-year high at 9.1%

By Gary Lloyd

Rising food, energy and fuel costs has seen the rate of inflation hit 9.1% for May – the fastest rise in 40 years, according to the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 45

The Lock In Podcast

The ongoing impact of the Pubs Code...

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a look back at the Pubs Code and the impact of MRO - how has the legislation reshaped the UK pub market for the better or worse, and what does the future hold?

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