Legislation

How can pubs target their MPs on rates campaign?

Call for pubs to step up on rates campaigning

By Ed Bedington

With many pubs struggling to break even, operators are being urged to increase pressure through their local MPs around business rates relief as the Government Autumn Statement approaches.

Late night levy: how should authorities look to support the sector regarding the LNL? (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Late-night levy: how can local authorities support sector?

By Rebecca Weller

Since being introduced in 2011, the late-night levy (LNL) has proved controversial and has been seen by many across the sector as “unfair”. But following the changes implemented in July this year, how should authorities look to support the sector regarding...

Not telling the true story: hospitality sector reacts to inflation update (Credit/Getty: Eoneren)

Inflation rate 'not telling true story'

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies urge the Government to provide “targeted support” for the sector in the November budget as decline to the headline rate of inflation does not “tell the true story”.

Moving forward: UKH Scotland says business rates action is key to helping the sector (Credit: Getty/ jenifoto)

UKH Scotland calls for business rates action

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland is urging the First Minister to address the multi-million pound hike in business rates that is set to hit hospitality this spring.

Advice given: UKHospitality outlines how operators can renegotiate with energy suppliers (image: Getty/CentralITAlliance)

THE POWER STRUGGLE

Top tips for requesting renegotiation with energy suppliers

By The Morning Advertiser

With energy prices continuing to be operators’ main concern, trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has outlined a number of top tips around renegotiating with suppliers as part of its joint campaign with The Morning Advertiser - The Power Struggle.

NTIA backs Government report: the UK must catch up with drug testing policies across Europe (credit: Getty/Flashpop)

NTIA backs call to modernise UK drugs policy

By Gary Lloyd

The late-night sector must come together to enhance drug testing across nightlife businesses because the Government’s policy on drugs needs “urgent modernisation”.

In the right direction: the NTIA says the drop in inflation is still way off the 2% target (credit: Getty/Jamie Garbutt)

Sector reacts to inflation rate drop to 6.8%

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has voiced positivity over the fall in the inflation rate to 6.8% but said it is still “significantly” short of the Government’s 2% target.

How can pubs tackle the energy crisis?

The Power Struggle

Act now to tackle the energy crisis

By Ed Bedington

With volatile energy costs and operators locked into sky-high deals, the Morning Advertiser has teamed up with UKHospitality to launch a campaign, The Power Struggle, to ensure the industry is heard loud and clear as part of a consultation process.

New rules: the change came into force on 1 August (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

OPINION

What does the alcohol duty change mean for pubs?

By Eddie Murphy, managing director, PLS

By now you will understand from 1 August, alcohol duty has been changed by the Government in the UK, leaving aside much of the technical details (mainly for producers) please see a summary of the primary issues affecting publicans.

Opinions sought: trade bodies are backing a consultation on gambling (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Gov consultation on gaming machines in pubs welcomed

By Gary Lloyd

Pub trade bodies UKHospitality (UKH) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have welcomed a consultation by the Government that is seeking views on matters relating to gaming machines in pubs and other venues.

Long time coming: hospitality sector reacts to Ofgem's plans to address energy crisis (Credit: Getty/Selitbul)

Ofgem reforms 'welcomed' by sector

By Rebecca Weller

Ofgem’s reformation plans to address the ongoing energy crisis have been welcomed by the sector, but trade bodies warn the Government must act “urgently” to avoid more business failures.

Money streams closed: UKHospitality wonders how serious the Government is about reducing red tape for businesses (credit: Getty/chabybucko)

Extra sales revenue streams for on-trade ended by Gov

By Gary Lloyd

The Government has decided it will end automatic provision for pubs and bars to sell alcohol for off-site consumption and will halt the increased number of temporary event notices (TENs) permitted too.

Sector showcase: the #MyPub campaign calls on operators to invite MPs to their sites to help illustrate their importance in communities

BII campaign calls for pubs to engage with MPs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators have been urged to write to their MPs and invite them to their pubs, in a bid to show the importance of the sector in communities as part of a new campaign.

Compensation: Harcus Parker hopes to return some 'secret' broker fees back to businesses

Over 170 pubs join legal claim against energy giants

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs may have overpaid by more than £1,000 per year on energy costs, a law firm has revealed as it plans to help businesses recover "secret commissions" paid to brokers by energy companies.

Extremely disappointing: EON rejects pub's application for extended supply potentially dashing garden refurb plans (Pictured: Queens Head garden)

E.ON boss: sector too 'high risk' to invest in

By Rebecca Weller

A Middlesex pub could see expansion plans “cancelled” after its energy supplier rejected an application to extend the site’s supply, deeming the entire hospitality sector too “high risk”.

How pubcos engage with the pubs code

OPINION

Championing code compliance

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

The role of the pubs code adjudicator is varied and one part of it involves taking time to understand how the regulated pub companies run their businesses and how they embed their code duties into their relationships with their tied tenants. The regulator...

Unfair: trade bodies call for Late-Night Levy to be scrapped (Credit: Getty/Predrag Vuckovic)

Late-night levy changes 'damaging blow'

By Rebecca Weller

Changes to the late-night levy (LNL) are a “damaging blow” but a “step in the right direction”, according to trade bodies across the sector.

 New rules: from 1 August 2023, the alcohol duty system will be changing (image: Getty/Phill Thornton)

How are alcohol duty rates changing?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ahead of the changes to alcohol duty rates in under a month (1 August), The Morning Advertiser takes a look at what the new system will look like.

Welcome news: SLTA managing director Colin Wilkinson says its suggestions are being taken on board

SLTA: Gov move is ‘really good news’ for on-trade

By Gary Lloyd

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has welcomed the Scottish government’s move to take action on non-domestic rates, foster closer collaboration with businesses and set up a review board in its New Deal for Business Group.

Unintended consequences: BBPA raises questions over MUP final report (Credit: Getty/Jack Andersen)

BBPA recommends scrutiny over MUP findings

By Rebecca Weller

Scotland’s alcohol minimum unit pricing initiative has shown “positive” results but leaves much to be “considered” before a decision on its continuation is made.

Collateral damage: July rail strikes will be hammer blow for hospitality (Credit: Getty/baona)

July rail strikes 'hammer blow' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

Fresh rail strikes in July will be a “hammer blow” for hospitality businesses entering the peak summer season, UKHospitality (UKH) chief executive Kate Nicholls has stated.

Governments name and shame a cheap shot

Cheap shot from Government on wages

By Ed Bedington

The Government’s recent “naming and shaming” of companies for allegedly paying below the minimum wage feels like something of a cheap shot, certainly for those named in the hospitality sector.

Fear of terrorism threats voiced by NTIA and UKDSA

Fears over legislation void ‘risks threat of terrorism’

By Gary Lloyd

A refusal by the Government to implement legislation for security businesses is putting the sector at risk from terrorist threats, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and the UK Door Security Association (UKDSA).

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