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Rates relief: the Government announced a business rates holiday for all pubs last month (17 March)

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Business rates holiday not state aid

By Nikkie Thatcher

The business rates holiday announced by the Chancellor on 17 March will not be subject to a cap, meaning it is not state aid.

James Cuthbertson on coronavirus pub closures

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Video: Pub boss reacts to closure news

By Ed Bedington

The announcement by the Prime Minister that all pubs, restaurants and cafes must close has left many in the industry reeling, despite growing expectation of the announcement.
The Morning Advertiser met up with the director of the Pale Moon Pub...

Closures slowing: the rate of pubs shutting is the lowest for almost two years

994 pubs closed in past 12 months

By Nikkie Thatcher

The total number of pubs in the UK has dropped by 2% (994 venues) from December 2018 to December 2019, according to new research.

Diversity of Hants: Hampshire enjoys city life while being located on the south coast and also boasts beautiful countryside

Regional report

Why own a pub in Hampshire?

By Michelle Perrett

Hampshire, as a county, has the perfect blend of city, coast and countryside.

Fighting back: Anneliese Smith launched a fundraising effort to retrieve the pub’s takings that were stolen during a burglary

Publican’s daughter recoups stolen £3.4k takings

By Alice Leader

A theft of more than £3,000 worth of pub takings almost saw a hospitalised publican become homeless as the burglary threatened the pub’s closure – but his daughter’s fundraiser saved the day.

Road rage: pub boss seeks to sue council after roadworks cause major disruption for trade

B&K boss to sue council over ‘agony’ roadworks

By Alice Leader

Brewhouse & Kitchen is set to sue a council after it claimed roadworks that lasted more than a year outside one of its sites saw the business make a ‘material loss in trade’.

Rates relief: the Government announced the business rates discount for eligible pubs last month (January)

Delay to business rates discount

By Nikkie Thatcher

The business rate relief for thousands of pubs that was announced by the Government last month (January) will be delayed for some councils due to ‘software changes’.

Pub garden: how can pub operators best utilise garden and pavement space?

Licensing Hub – Legal with Poppleston Allen

Legal Q&A: advice for using outdoor space

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen discusses how to best user front, rear and pavement pub space.

Brighton rocks: as one of the trendiest cities on the UK coast, Brighton & Hove is more than just a bastion of diversity

Regional report

Why owning a pub in Brighton rocks

By Michelle Perrett

Brighton and Hove has been known as a diverse and fun seaside city for many years and it also boasts a young population that supports a varied licensed trade

Evolution, not revolution: innovation always comes from the freehouse sector, says Stephen Owens of Christie & Co

Innovation to continue from freehouse sector in 2020

By Stuart Stone

While Stephen Owens – managing director, pubs and restaurants at Christie & Co – predicts that the freehouse sector will continue to grow and offer a source of diversity in the on-trade, he forecasts evolution rather than revolution in 2020.

Heart of steel: steel yourself for a look at the property market in Sheffield

Regional report

Why own a pub in Sheffield?

By Michelle Perrett

Once nicknamed Steel City in recognition of its rich industrial past, Sheffield remains a working city with a large student population and a range of other industries.

A tough trade: despite research showing the pub sector is expanding, licensees give their views on what’s going on behind closed doors

Why is the local pub still under threat?

By Alice Leader

Despite a busy year in the sector that has included highlights such as huge pub chain acquisitions, there are still concerns of how to uphold the traditional, British institution of the local pub.

Leeding the way: a great heritage, beautiful buildings and an amazing beer culture makes Leeds a place to visit and invest in

Regional Report

What makes Leeds a good place to own a pub?

By Michelle Perrett

Often described as the ‘unofficial capital of Yorkshire’, the UK’s third largest city is a northern powerhouse with a thriving economy.

Cut the red tape: groups want politicians to look into making the process of buying a community pub easier

Community pubs plea for recognition in election

By Emily Hawkins

Many community pubs act as a lifeline for residents of rural areas with little else around them. Ahead of the general election on 12 December, The Morning Advertiser asked the volunteers and publicans behind the bar at these sites what they would say...

Wilty pleasure: an in depth look at why Wiltshire may be the place for you

Regional Report

Why is Wiltshire a unique place to own a pub?

By Michelle Perrett

Even though its neighbours accept the plaudits when it comes to the West country, Wiltshire offers more than just beauty throughout its constituencies

Stranger things: sneaky thieves have helped themselves to an array of odd items

Strangest things stolen from pubs

By Alice Leader

An ambitious punter may think it’s a great idea to steal a souvenir as a stamp of a joyous night, but the word ‘souvenir’ may be up for debate here.

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

Property round-up

Mitchells & Butlers preparing Scottish expansion

By Stuart Stone

The operator of more than 1,700 managed sites, Mitchells & Butlers, is eyeing new sites in Scotland while Star Pubs & Bars, Shepherd Neame and Robinsons reveal revamped venues.

Keeping tradition: campaigners left disappointed after listing application is rejected

Fight to keep Victorian heritage lost

By Alice Leader

Concerns have been raised after a Victorian pub was denied listed status to protect its heritage and deter developers who wanted to convert the site into flats.

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

Property round-up: Admiral passes 1,000-pub mark

By Stuart Stone

A £45m deal for 137 sites from Marston’s has seen Admiral Taverns grow its pub estate past 1,000 venues, while there are new openings for ETM Group, Old Spot Pub Company, Stonegate and Ei Group.

Up for sale: the Constitution in Camden, north London, is one of the three sites on the market

Pubs of Distinction set to leave industry

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Pubs of Distinction is selling its three free-of-tie London sites as the company is looking to exit the market to concentrate on other businesses.

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