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Property moves: which sites have been reopened, revamped or changed hands in the past week?

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New sites for Trust Inns and Arc Inspirations

By Stuart Stone

While multiple operators Trust Inns and Arc Inspirations have both announced expansions, brewer and pub operator Greene King announced the closure of more than half of its Loch Fyne sites.

Property moves: which sites have been reopened, revamped or changed hands in the past week?

Property round-up

Star Pubs & Bars and Hook Norton Brewery revive listed pubs

By Stuart Stone

Heineken's pub arm pledged more than £600,000 to reopening a Dundee pub which has been closed for the last four years while Oxfordshire-based Hook Norton Brewery has put wheels in motion at a 17th century coaching inn.

Pub closures: 315 pubs have been permanently closed, set to be demolished or converted for other uses since the start of 2020

315 pubs lost for good so far in 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

More than 300 pubs have been permanently closed, set to be demolished or converted for other uses according to exclusive data for the 34 weeks and six days to 1 September 2020.

Urgent action needed: the group of trade bodies said the Government must intervene to protect businesses and jobs

Government urged to cover half of unpaid pub rent

By Emily Hawkins

A coalition of trade bodies representing landlords and tenants within the pub sector has called on the Government to introduce a grant to help solve a growing rent crisis.

Action needed: the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has been urged to negotiate fair reductions with ratepayers

'Wartime footing’ as business rates appeals soar

By Emily Hawkins

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has revealed that almost 145,000 businesses registered to begin the process of challenging their property valuations during April, May and June.

Breathing space: the lease forfeiture and debt enforcement moratorium has been extended to 30 September and a code of practice on rent has been published

Moratorium extended as rent code published

By Emily Hawkins

The lease forfeiture and debt enforcement moratorium has been extended into the autumn, meaning pubs continue to be protected from eviction threats.

Key plea: a licensee has urged the Government to step in and take action on pub rents

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Publicans to ‘hand in keys’ in rent protest

By Emily Hawkins

A multiple site operator is encouraging pubs across the country to ‘hand in their keys’ to their MPs this week, to highlight the pain of paying rent at this time.

Hands forced: pub operators in Tynemouth doubt a takeaway service will be enough to save them without more Government support

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Operators struggling after grant information error

By Emily Hawkins

A bar operator has said she is struggling to save her business after being told one of her venues is ineligible for a grant after an inaccuracy on the rates register.

Call for pause on rent payments: the National Time Out campaign is backed by UKHospitality

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Government pushed harder to ‘intervene on rent’

By Nicholas Robinson

Calls for Government to intervene in and broker rent solutions between hospitality businesses and landlords have been stepped up as UKHospitality (UKH) has pressed for a National Time Out.

How can you maintain a pub's value?

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Size matters in the new normal

By Ed Bedington

Space and rural location is going to be key when it comes to maintaining property values in a post-lockdown world, a leading property expert has claimed.

On hold: business rates revaluations will no longer take place next year

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2021 business rates revaluation postponed

By Nikkie Thatcher

A revaluation of business rates will not happen in 2021, in a bid to reduce the uncertainty for companies impacted by coronavirus, the Government has announced.

Takeover wanted: ‘we are hopeful we can find a buyer,’ says administrators of 16 Hospitality

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16 Hospitality enters administration

By Stuart Stone

Administrators are seeking a buyer for Cheshire-based multiple operator 16 Hospitality after it fell into administration amid Covid-19 trading restrictions.

State help: the Government has made the grants available for pubs with a rateable value of £51,000 and below

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Councils ‘letting pubs down’ with slow payment of grants

By Nikkie Thatcher

About 10% (31) of the country’s 325 councils have paid out less than a quarter of grants to eligible businesses with Birmingham, Manchester and Brighton among the “worst culprits”, new research has found.

Stressful situation: licensees of pubs with higher rateable values are worried about the lack of grant availability

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‘It’s about a level playing field’

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have said being omitted from the Government’s grant system has left them with daunting questions about how they will be able to reopen their pubs.

Lockdown: the country remains under strict measures

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Operators lament 3-week lockdown extension

By Nicholas Robinson

Following the extension of the UK lockdown, preventing non-essential businesses such as pubs from reopening and limiting the public’s activities, operators have raised concerns about the immediate future of their businesses.

Call out: thousands of CAMRA members are asking pubco bosses to cancel tenants’ rents

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Pubgoers call for pubco bosses to cancel rents

By Nikkie Thatcher

Beer drinkers and pubgoers across the nation are sending emails in their thousands to pub company bosses, asking them to cancel rents to save local pubs from permanent closure.

Jobs on the line: landlords must use this time to renegotiate with their commercial tenants, a trade body has urged

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Landlords must not ‘sign death sentence’ of pubs

By Emily Hawkins

One of the sector’s largest trade bodies has written to the Government in a bid to to protect pubs from being punished by landlords for failing to make rent payments.

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