Wages rise: a NLW increase means employers will have to pay staff (aged 25+) 38p more per hour (Ubermenschmatt/gettyimages.co.uk)

Autumn Budget 2018

NLW will rise to £8.21

By Nikkie Sutton

The national living wage (NLW) paid to workers aged 25 or over will increase to £8.21 per hour in April 2019, the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Autumn Budget yesterday (29 October).

Online tax: UKHospitality and the BBPA welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget announcement of a digital tax


Digital tax welcome news to industry

By Emily Hawkins

Industry chiefs have welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of a new digital tax on UK revenues of large technology companies.

High street 'bloodbath': a worst-case scenario predicts the loss of up to 625,000 jobs if business tax isn't sorted

Budget puts 625,000 hospitality jobs at risk

By Nicholas Robinson

More than half-a-million hospitality jobs will be at risk if the Government doesn’t take urgent action on business taxation, UKHospitality has cautioned.

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.