Licensing hub with Poppleston Allen: top tips for licensing upkeep (Credit: Getty/andresr)


Top tips for licensing upkeep

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Running a hospitality venue is hard. From rubbish summer weather to soaring costs, operators are finding it even harder to run a successful premises.

Treasured jewel: Shepherd Neame invests more than £2.5m into its pub estate (Pictured: the Tom Cribb pub in London)


Shepherd Neame MD: 'pub's should reflect their heritage'

By Rebecca Weller

Pub refurbishments should reflect market trends while honouring their history, Shepherd Neame managing director Jonathon Swaine told The Morning Advertiser, as the pubco invests more than £2.5m into its estate.

Help is at hand: some four out of five hospitality workers suffers at least one mental issue issue says Kris Hall of The Burnt Chef Project

FEATURE - The Burnt Chef Project

FEATURE: Suicide prevention training launched by Burnt Chef

By Gary Lloyd

As The Burnt Chef Project launches two new suicide prevention training programmes, founder and CEO Kris Hall has reiterated the need for people to talk about mental health issues to help thwart the rise of tragic deaths.

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.

Not telling the true story: hospitality sector reacts to inflation update (Credit/Getty: Eoneren)

Inflation rate 'not telling true story'

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies urge the Government to provide “targeted support” for the sector in the November budget as decline to the headline rate of inflation does not “tell the true story”.

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.

Area change: a number of a local authorities have recently dropped the levy and replaced it with a BID (image: Getty/Craft24)


The late-night levy 2.0

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The amendments to the late-night levy legislation finally came into force this summer on 13 July 2023. Where does this leave this much criticised measure?

Crucial to the area: many businesses suffered huge losses after Brixton Academy closed in December 2022 (credit: Getty/400tmax)

Brixton Academy to reopen under stringent conditions

By Gary Lloyd

A collaborative effort to reopen Brixton Academy has been hailed as key in the decision to allow the famous music venue to open its doors again, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen partner James Anderson's advice for perspective publicans (Credit: Getty/sturti)


Advice for prospective publicans

By Poppleston Allen partner James Anderson

I am looking today at some advice if you are taking on a pub whether tenanted, leased or indeed buying a freehold.

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”.

Property round-up: Admiral Taverns and M&B included this week (Pictured: Admiral Taverns site The Camerons)


Admiral invests £450k into pub estate

By Rebecca Weller

This week's property refurbishment and reopening's round-up includes investments made by Admiral Taverns, Mitchell's and Butlers and Robinsons Brewery.

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Playing by the rules

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The more I think about the issue over the early opening of pubs to watch the Women’s World Cup Final involving England and Spain, the more troubled I am by it.

Moving forward: UKH Scotland says business rates action is key to helping the sector (Credit: Getty/ jenifoto)

UKH Scotland calls for business rates action

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland is urging the First Minister to address the multi-million pound hike in business rates that is set to hit hospitality this spring.

Advice given: UKHospitality outlines how operators can renegotiate with energy suppliers (image: Getty/CentralITAlliance)


Top tips for requesting renegotiation with energy suppliers

By The Morning Advertiser

With energy prices continuing to be operators’ main concern, trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has outlined a number of top tips around renegotiating with suppliers as part of its joint campaign with The Morning Advertiser - The Power Struggle.

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.

NTIA backs Government report: the UK must catch up with drug testing policies across Europe (credit: Getty/Flashpop)

NTIA backs call to modernise UK drugs policy

By Gary Lloyd

The late-night sector must come together to enhance drug testing across nightlife businesses because the Government’s policy on drugs needs “urgent modernisation”.

Stark reminder: private security sector faces huge challenges amid ongoing reforms (Credit:Getty/somboon kaeoboonsong)

Private security sector faces 'huge challenges'

By Rebecca Weller

The private security sector faces some “huge challenges” over the coming years with a “huge amount” of work to be done by regulators and the Government, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Outside legislation: fast tracks were initially introduced under The Business and Planning Act 2020 to help the hospitality sector in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic (image: Getty/Lucy Ryan)


Top tips – fast-track pavement licences

By Paula Kioko, marketing assistant, Poppleston Allen

The hospitality industry received a nugget of good news this month as the Government has extended the temporary ‘fast-track’ pavement licence provisions until 30 September 2024.

Local engagement: gathering data that supports your argument is one tip Poppleston Allen gives on navigating council consultations (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)


Your voice matters: embracing council consultations for cumulative impact assessments

By David Inzani, partner, Poppleston Allen

The UK's vibrant and varied hospitality industry has long been a cornerstone of its cultural identity. However, as the landscape has evolved and dynamics shifted since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, so too has the approach to regulating...

Pub blaze: police previously revealed the fire was being treated as arson (image: Getty/georgeclerk)

Police attend protest at Crooked House site

By Nikkie Thatcher

Police officers were in attendance at the former site of the Crooked House in Himley, Staffordshire this week after receiving reports a group of protesters were there.

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.

In the right direction: the NTIA says the drop in inflation is still way off the 2% target (credit: Getty/Jamie Garbutt)

Sector reacts to inflation rate drop to 6.8%

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has voiced positivity over the fall in the inflation rate to 6.8% but said it is still “significantly” short of the Government’s 2% target.