Rebuilding the Pub Sector

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 70

The Lock In Podcast

New Year, new opportunities?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a look ahead to see what 2024 has in store, both the opportunities and the challenges and how you can embrace both.

How has the pub sector fared in 2023?

Farewell 2023, here's to 2024

By Ed Bedington

There's a strange feeling of deja vu as I sit down to write my thoughts on the year and hopes for the year ahead.

What will 2024 hold for pubs part two

New Year 2024

Industry hopes and fears: part two

By Ed Bedington

In the second part of our look ahead we spoke to a number of leading industry figures to get their thoughts on what 2024 will hold.

What does 2024 hold for pubs?

New Year 2024

Industry hopes and fears: Part one

By Ed Bedington

With 2024 looming, we spoke to a number of leading industry figures to get their thoughts on what the year ahead will hold.

Rekom report: UK clubbers spend less on nights out

Party-goers spend 2.1% less on nights out

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

For the first time in over a year people are spending less on a night our according to the quarterly survey commissioned by the UK’s largest late-night operator Rekom UK.

CGA tracker shows solid November for managed pubs

Solid November for managed pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain’s leading hospitality groups achieved year-on-year sales growth of 4% in November, the new CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker has revealed.

A sporting chance: volumes sales fall versus the same week last year (credit: Getty/sturti)

Like-for-like on-trade drinks sales volumes down

By Gary Lloyd

On-trade drinks sales have fallen behind last year’s volumes but it would be difficult to beat last year’s biggest single day of sales when England competed in the football World Cup quarter final.

Devon: Rekom UK to shut Plymouth PRYZM

Rekom to shut city's largest nightclub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pryzm Plymouth will close for good after a final New Year’s Eve party as the cost-of-living crisis squeezes student budgets.

Hertfordshire: Villagers try saving the Plough King's Walden

Villagers rally to save their last pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Villagers have come together to save the last pub in King’s Walden which has been labelled the “heart of the community”.

Daily Drinks Tracker: sales remain flat ahead of Xmas (Credit: Getty/Wavebreakmedia)

Drinks sales flat ahead of Xmas period

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales were 0.5% up compared to 2022 levels in the week to Saturday 18 November, remaining virtually flat ahead of the crucial run-in to Christmas for operators and suppliers.

Out of print: Great British Pub Awards Pub of the Year owner Tim Bird says restaurants are above pubs when it comes to guide books

OPINION

Lack of guide books means people are not finding pubs

By Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Inns

Where have all the guides gone? That is my question and I am not referring to the helpful folk who talk us around a stately home or indeed the younger version who help the community, collect badges and, in my experience, bake rather nice cakes for charity.

Government action is vital: Sacha Lord says pubs are at breaking point

Lord: Gov must make major statement on 22 November

By Gary Lloyd

The Government must make positive changes in the upcoming Autumn Statement because pubs are already in a precarious position says night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord.

Poll results: 68% of operators allow non-paying guests to use the toilet (Credit: Getty/Adam Gault)

68% of pubs allow non-paying guests to use toilets

By Rebecca Weller

The majority of pubs allow non-paying guests to use their toilet but urge customers to ask permission first and consider charity donations in lieu of a purchase, adding hospitality venues are “public houses not public conveniences”.

Poll: do you allow non-paying customers to use the toilet at your pub? (Credit: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

POLL

Should pubs allow non-paying guests to use the toilet?

By Rebecca Weller

Should pubs allow non-paying customers to use the toilet? While it may be seen as the hospitable thing to do, there can be a cost to operators involved and rude guests to contend with.

Disparity: research shows no-shows are increasing but not all pubs are affected (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Pubs counter ‘no-shows double’ research claim

By Gary Lloyd

The unwelcome sight of increased numbers of ‘no-shows’ has reared its ugly head once again in the sector but not all pubs The Morning Advertiser spoke to are convinced the situation is getting worse.

Damage: Pubs are dealing with flooding after heavy downpour (Credit: Getty/ BremecR)

Storm Babet forces pubs to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A pub in Edinburgh has sustained thousands of pounds worth of damage after Storm Babet destroyed it "from top to bottom".

On-trade boost: sales of cider rose the most year-on-year last week (credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Weather and sport boost weekly drink sales

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks sales in the on-trade rose by 3% in the week to last Saturday (14 October) with the Rugby World Cup and good weather cited as the key drivers.

'Continuing difficulties': Sacha Lord speaks out on inflation

Sacha Lord: Inflation to cause ‘continuing difficulties’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, has said the unchanged Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rate released today (18 October) will pile further pressure on small business, especially those in hospitality.

Daily Drinks Tracker: drinks sales up 3.8% six months to September 2023 (Credit: Getty/	bogdankosanovic)

Drinks sales up 3.8% but real-terms growth 'hard-won'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the on-trade were up 3.8% overall during the last six months, though inflation, rail strikes and soaring costs make real terms growth "hard-won", CGA data has revealed.

Ghost towns: 30% of nightclubs have shut doors since the pandemic (Credit: Getty/ Flashpop)

'Youth culture is lost’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Britain has lost 30% of nightclubs since Covid, and the ex-owner of the UK’s longest running club has argued that Gen Z need to spark a cultural shift to revolutionise nightlife.

Look back: A timeline of events since the Crooked House burned down

The Crooked House tragedy: as it happened

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The burning down of Britain’s wonkiest pub, the Crooked House, last month, sparked national outrage. Investigations are ongoing, and several people have been arrested under suspicion of arson. We take a look back at events to see how the tragedy unfolded.

Good news: Community venues secure Government funding: (Credit: Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Government secures £1.2m for 4 pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

More than £1m has been earmarked for four pubs as part of the Government’s community ownership fund scheme, which UKHospitality (UKH) has celebrated as “really positive news”.

The George Pub, Bethersden, opens cafe

‘If you don’t diversify you get stuck behind’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A pub in Kent has celebrated the launch of its community café, and has advised operators to focus on quality coffee, keep adapting, and diversify the offering if they want to do the same.

Trading conditions: Lumina's new report gives insight into the sector (Credit: Getty/Dimensions)

70% of hospitality leaders face staffing challenges

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Around 70% of leaders in the hospitality sector are facing challenges with tough trading conditions expected to continue, according to the new Lumina Intelligence Top of Mind Report 2023.

Climbing back: Pubs and restaurants weather the storm of summer rain (Getty: Credit/Kar-Tr)

Pub sales growth in August 'encouraging'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs overcame wet weather to record almost 5% growth in sales during August, which one trade body celebrated as “encouraging”.

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