Rebuilding the Pub Sector

Celebration: The future of nightclub E1 has been secured (Credit: Getty/dwphotos)

NTIA celebrates as future of E1 club secured

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

East London nightclub E1 has been working with Tower Hamlets and Big Yellow Storage to safeguard the future of the nightclub in new development plans.

Weathering the storm: Rainy days thwart trade at most pubs (Credit: Getty/ Tim Parker)

Rain ruins summer trade at 82% of pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Wet weather has ruined summer trade for more than 80% for operators, a recent survey by The Morning Advertiser has revealed.

Closing down: The hospitality sector battles financial pressures (Credit: Getty/ ilbusca)

Pub closures hit highest quarterly figure in a decade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub closures reached the highest quarterly figure in more than a decade in the second quarter of 2023 (Q2), smashing the previous record set in Q1, according to data obtained by Price Bailey.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales in growth for ninth successive week (Credit: Getty/zoranm)

Drinks sales up 7%

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the on-trade were ahead of 2022 levels at the end of last month, marking the ninth consecutive week of year-on-year growth.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 63

The Lock In Podcast

Season finale: The challenges ahead

By Ed Bedington

With season three of the Lock In podcast coming to a close, we take a look at some of the current challenges, energy, supply, inflation etc - and where we see things heading.

Strong start: Drinks sales shows double-digit year-on-year growth for seventh successive week (Credit: Getty/	Kar-Tr)

Drinks sales hit 15% year-on-year growth

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in managed venues achieved double-digit year-on-year growth in the seven days to Saturday 10 June, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NIQ has revealed.

Attracting staff: Dunn believes hospitality is changing for the better

‘Treat potential employees as you would guests’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Hospitality’s recruitment crisis can be tackled through revising the hiring process, putting wellbeing first and keeping an open mind in employment, advised the founder of consultancy agency Sixty Eight People.

Public support is there: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin said the on-trade consistently contributes to the UK economy and needs help

BBPA calls for Gov action as sector boosts GDP figures

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for “meaningful action” to tackle fiscal headwinds as GDP figures released today (Wednesday 14 June) showed a 0.2% increase to the economy – buoyed by visits to pubs.

Price hike: inflation was driven up by cost rises in vegetables, fish, sugar and jams & syrups categories (credit:Getty/fcafotodigital)

Foodservice inflation jumps back above 20%

By Gary Lloyd

Year-on-year foodservice inflation has jumped up to 21.4% after slowing at the end of March – the first time it had dropped below 20% since mid-2022.

Energy help: Heineken has created a £3m fund to help pubs with sustainability issues (Credit: Getty/Jonathan Kitchen)

£3m fund to help pubs’ energy costs from Heineken

By Gary Lloyd

Drinks business Heineken UK has vowed to invest £3m into helping cover the cost of selected pubs’ first energy saving audit along with up to £5,000 towards the cost of any improvements needed.

Are pubcos exploiting rate relief?


Are pubcos going to exploit rate relief?

By Phil Dixon, trade adviser

It was ‘Black Country Bus’ Syndrome: Two, one million pounds turnover local publicans contacting me in the matter of a few days.

New faces: Steve Richards (left) and Steve Cassidy

Hilton boss takes over chair role at UKHospitality

By Gary Lloyd

Hilton UK & Ireland managing director Steve Cassidy will take over the role of chair at UKHospitality (UKH) tomorrow (Wednesday 14 June) from Steve Richards, CEO of Parkdean Resorts, who will become president for the trade body.

Workers 'penalised': The ULEZ scheme is set to be expanded in August (Credit: Getty/ lechatnoir)

Almost 37k nights workers at risk of double ULEZ charge

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for a revision of London’s current Transport for London system, which currently puts some 36,990 night workers at risk of being charged twice in one shift under the ULEZ scheme.

Cup half full or empty: How do you feel about the future? (credit: Getty/ SolStock)

POLL: Have your say on the sector

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Business leaders are torn on how they feel about trade, with some struggling but others feeling confident for the future.

Things are looking up: Business leaders regain confidence

Optimism rising among hospitality leaders

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Optimism among leaders of Britain’s top hospitality groups has risen since the start of 2023, according to the latest Business Confidence Survey from CGA by NIQ and Fourth.

Hard hit: Tough weekend of trade for Yorkshire bistro

Bistro hit with worst trading week in 7 years

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The operator of the Pig & Whistle, Beverley, was left “broken” after rail strikes and the cost-of-living crisis triggered the worst trading week in seven years.

Helping out: The Lighthouse in Kent is one of the pubs that has secured funding

£97.5k ploughed into grassroots music venues

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Some 23 grassroots music venues, including four pubs, have scored charity grants in the fourth round of Music Venue Trust’s (MVT) pipeline investment fund.

Fair weather led: the Drinks Tracker authors believe the good weather will help continue spending (credit: Getty/Kar-Tr)

Continued drinks sales growth impacted by inflation

By Gary Lloyd

Early May bank holidays have helped pubs and bar drinks sales reach year-on-year growth for fourth week in a row but with inflation still in double digits, real-terms growth remains elusive.

Sector appeal demonstrated: like-for-like sales have improved for the seventh month in a row (credit: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

Sales growth in April tempered by inflation woes

By Gary Lloyd

Managed pub, bar and restaurant groups in Great Britain achieved like-for-like and year-on-year sales growth of 6.9% in April 2023 against last year, according to the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker.

Interest rate rise hitting pubs will not tackle inflation


Strangling hospitality demand not the solution to inflation

By Ed Bedington

The idea that raising interest rates to try to curb consumer spending in pubs, bars and restaurants is another slap in the face for a sector that seems to have become the whipping boys for the authorities.

Seaside scenes: Brighton crowned most vibrant late night city (credit: Getty/ Pavel Babic)

Brighton best city for a night out

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Brighton has topped lists as the UK’s best place for a night out, but more than half (54%) of cities have seen nightlife go downhill over the past decade.

Struggling sector: Independent businesses have borne the brunt of closures (credit: Getty/ dmbaker)

12.6 venues lost per day in 2022

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The hospitality sector lost nearly 4,600 venues in the 12 months to March 2023, but closures slowed early this year.

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