Growing frustration: hospitality businesses are being hammered by industrial action (Credit: Getty/MediaProduction)

Sector won't survive 'further austerity or crises'

By Rebecca Weller

The Government cannot “ignore the growing frustration and anger” of industrial action “hammering” businesses across the UK, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

Support and investment: UK economic predictions 'frustrating reflection' of challenges (Credit: Getty/	jpa1999)

Sector can provide 'rapid economic growth' with right support

By Rebecca Weller

Recent economic growth predictions are a “frustrating reflection” of the challenges that lie ahead while the hospitality sector remains “hamstrung” by pandemic loans, trade body UKHopsitality (UKH) has stated.

Aid required: the Night-Time Industries Association urges the Government to support the sector in its March Budget (image: Getty/BrianAJackson)

8 in 10 firms ‘on knife edge’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 82% of night-time economy firms could be under threat as the new Energy Relief Scheme from the Government will have no impact on them, research has shown.

Significant role: hospitality should be recognised as key driver in economic growth

Gov should see sector as 'key driver' in economic growth

By Rebecca Weller

The Government should remember established industries like hospitality are “key drivers” and play a “significant role” in economic growth, according to trade bodies from across the sector.

Unscrupulously profiteering: NTIA joins calls for inquiry into energy supplier behaviour (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

NTIA claims energy firms 'withholding' money

By Rebecca Weller

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has claimed energy companies have been withholding money and subsidy benefit from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme as well as excluding certain businesses from energy supply.

Poor practice: BBPA calls for urgent inquiring into

BBPA calls for inquiry into energy 'profiteering'

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on Chairs of the Treasury and Business Select Committees to conduct an urgent inquiry into reports of poor conduct from energy suppliers.

Much-needed boost: UKH has shared support for proposals to extend licensing hours over the coronation weekend (Credit: Getty/stocknshares)

UKH 'fully behind' coronation plans

By Rebecca Weller

UKHospitality (UKH) has shared its full support for the Government’s proposals to extend opening hours for hospitality businesses over the upcoming coronation weekend.

Scottish group takes lead: single-use items were used less during a trial (credit: Getty/creacart)

Operators urged to ditch single-use items

By Gary Lloyd

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on hospitality businesses to ditch single-use items after a pilot scheme found a huge fall in the use of common disposable goods.

One crisis to another: Sacha Lord fears many businesses will fail as support is withdrawn

Lord demands probe into withheld energy support

By Gary Lloyd

Night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has demanded a fast-track investigation into why energy support for hospitality businesses has been withheld.

New scheme: DRS to be launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2025 (Credit: Getty/Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)

DRS causes 'significant barriers to trade'

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies from across the sector “support” the initiative behind Deposit Recycling Schemes (DRS) but proposed plans place “unnecessary complexity and costs” on small businesses.

Research revealed: more information on the recycling initiative were outlined in a consultation response (image: Getty/Paper Boat Creative)

Gov reveals DRS details

By Rebecca Weller

Environment minister Rebecca Pow has today (Friday 20 January) announced new plans for the Deposit Return Scheme to reduce litter and plastic pollution.

Vote now: let us know how trading has been so far in 2023 (image: Getty/South_agency)

Are you trading in line with expectations?

By Nikkie Thatcher

January has always been a quiet month for the hospitality trade and this year also has the ongoing challenges of the energy and cost-of-living crises.

Gov funding: the investment in pubs comes from a £150m Community Ownership Fund pot (Credit:Getty/ Andrew Brookes)

Gov injects more than £1m into pubs

By Rebecca Weller

The Government has invested more than £1m from the Community Ownership Fund into pubs across the country, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has revealed.

Important survey: PCA launches Annual Tied Tenants Survey

PCA launches Annual Tied Tenant Survey

By Rebecca Weller

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has called on tied publicans to take part in its Annual Tied Tenants Survey to help “restore the balance” in the relationship between tied tenants and pubcos.

Sustainability is key: UKH reacts to single-use plastic ban (Getty/ Imgorthand)

Plastic ban: sustainability sector’s ‘key priority’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery and bowls offers time for alternate markets of sustainable packaging to develop, but there are concerns about its practicality according to UKHospitality.

Held back: UKH Scotland calls for business rates support for Scottish hospitality (Getty/ Asvolas)

Lack of support hampers Scottish hospitality

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A lack of business rates support for Scottish hospitality is unfairly hindering the sector in comparison to English businesses, according to UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland.

Action demanded: UKHospitality wants Ofgem to penalise rogue energy comapnies (credit: getty/vm)

UKH demands energy firms named and shamed

By Gary Lloyd

UKHospitality (UKH) has called for energy watchdog Ofgem to take action against energy companies that have implemented improper practices and treated businesses in the sector as a ‘cash cow’.

Finance facts: The MA's Ed Bedington highlights how the sector has helped drive economic growth


When will Gov recognise sector’s value?

By Ed Bedington

The news that the UK appears to have dodged the recessionary bullet in 2022 thanks to unexpected growth in November was a welcome bit of news for economy watchers.

Not a specific offence: drinks spiking has been described as ‘abhorrent’ (credit: Getty/PeopleImages)

NTIA outraged by spiking not being an offence

By Gary Lloyd

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has voiced its anger after a Government inquiry decided there is no need for a specific offence to be introduced for drinks spiking.

Let businesses thrive: UKH urges Gov to abolish late-night levy (Getty/ Predrag Vuckovic)

Late-night levy should be scrapped, says UKH

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) has urged for abolishment of the “ineffective and costly” late-night levy, after a consultation was launched into its impact.

Last straw: trade bodies 'disappointed' as Gov slashes energy support by 70% (Credit: Getty/seanliew)

Sector 'disappointed' by energy update

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies across the sector have expressed “disappointment” with the “out of touch” Government’s decision to reduce energy support for businesses.

Unsustainably expensive: Gov announces the Energy Bill Discount Scheme will replace the Energy Bill Relief support package from 1 April (Credit: Getty/J J D

Gov slashes energy support by 70%

By Rebecca Weller

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has confirmed a reduction to energy support for businesses from Saturday 1 April.

Top priority: APPG calls for evidence of energy crisis impact ahead of inquiry with food minister Mark Spencer (Pictured / Credit: Parliament UK)

APPG calls for evidence on energy crisis impact

By Rebecca Weller

The Food and Drink Supply Chain All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called for food and drink businesses to provide information on how rocketing energy costs have impacted trade ahead of a meeting with food minister Mark Spencer.

Safeguard pubs: Gov to announce energy bill support update next week (Credit: Getty/Nando Vidal)

EBRS update to be announced next week

By Rebecca Weller

The conclusion of the review into the future of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme for businesses will be announced next week, the Treasury has confirmed.

Suffered immeasurably: hospitality sector cannot continue to wait for

Sector can't wait for 'misguided promises'

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector cannot continue to wait for “empty words” and “misguided promises” of future prosperity from the Government, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

Industrial action: train strikes cost sector £2.5bn (Credit: Getty/Cultura/Monty Rakusen)

Train strikes cost sector £2.5bn

By Georgi Gyton

The impact of the train strikes has cost the hospitality sector a total of £2.5bn in lost sales since industrial action began in June last year, according to UKHospitality.

Absolutely devastating: energy support could be halved for businesses after March (Credit: Getty/	Rost-9D)

Energy support could be halved

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector needs a “clear” and “defined” strategy regarding energy support before “businesses fall at the last hurdle”, according to leaders from across the industry.

Financial issues: Anthony Hughes looks at how the sector could be improved through legislation changes


Overtaxed and underpaid?

By Anthony Hughes, director, Lincoln Green Brewing Company

The headlines have recently been filled with details of rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, with strike action across many sectors.

On track for chaos: Aslef has announced new rail strike action (credit: Getty/Sally Anscombe)

More rail strikes to hit trade again in January

By Gary Lloyd

Strike action agreed by members of rail unions Aslef and RMT will mean chaos for five days in row in early January shortly after the hospitality sector has suffered a “50% downturn” in trade.

Disappointing news: energy support for businesses announcement delayed until 2023 (Credit: Getty/seanliew)

Energy support delay 'disappointing news'

By Rebecca Weller

The delay to an announcement on extended energy support for businesses is “disappointing” and leaves many facing “crippling” bills as well as an uncertain start to 2023, according to leaders from across the sector.

Industry reaction: many from the sector have welcomed the duty freeze extension (image: Getty/MarkWagonerProductions)

Alcohol duty freeze extended

By Nikkie Thatcher

Duty rates on alcohol have been frozen for six months to 1 August 2023, the Government has announced.