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Pubs can't tackle drink spiking alone: BBPA shares support for Home Affairs Committee's report (Pictured: BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin)

Pubs can't tackle drink spiking issue alone

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs work hard to keep their customers safe, but cannot overcome the issue of drink spiking alone, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated.

Manifesto pledges: the SBPA wants more help to boost the late-night economy (credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

SBPA calls for late-night economy champs in Scotland

By Gary Lloyd

New ‘hospitality and late-night economy champions’ should be appointed in Edinburgh and Glasgow, according to the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) as part of its manifesto launch ahead of local elections on 5 May.

Home Affairs Committee report: incidents of drink spiking require better investigations (Credit: Getty/PeopleImages)

Drink spiking incidents need better investigations

By Rebecca Weller

Incidents of drink spiking require better investigations and new strategies to reduce the number of occurrences, according to a report published today (Tuesday 26 April) by the Home Affairs Committee.

Spending rise: the good weather and first restriction-free Easter weekend since 2019 saw a sales boost for pubs (image : Getty/mihailomilovanovic)

Easter bank holiday spend up 74%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Consumer spend in UK pubs, bars and nightclubs over the Easter weekend this year was up by almost three quarters (74%) compared to 2019 figures.

Clean slate: Hance McGhie offers advice on keeping your pub in mint condition

Five post-pandemic hygiene lessons

By Hance McGhie, business development executive, Chemisphere UK

The hospitality industry has been through many challenges during the pandemic but, as we all adapt to the emerging, restriction-free world with a hopeful eye on the future, some of the lessons learnt when it comes to hygiene can – and should – be built...

Number crunching: nightclubs saw the biggest change in site numbers across the hospitality sector with a fall of 9.8% from March 2021 to March 2022 (image: Getty/ilbusca)

Pandemic cost licensed sector 9,200 venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The number of licensed premises has fallen by more than 9,000 now compared to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, figures have revealed.

Inquiry submissions: Michael Kill and Sacha Lord are two industry leaders quizzing the Government

NTIA fires broadsides at UK and Welsh governments

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has joined forces with leading figures within the sector in criticising the Government’s draft terms for its inquiry into the full impact Covid has had for hospitality.

Welcome news: SLTA MD Colin Wilkinson says the move is long overdue

SLTA: end of mandatory face coverings ‘not before time’

By Gary Lloyd

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has welcomed the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the legal requirement to wear face coverings on public transport and in some public places – including licensed hospitality – will move...

'Public health guff': health warnings are not supposed to make products unappealing (credit: Getty/sturti)

Health warnings on alcohol make drinking ‘unappealing’

By Chris Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Institute of Economic Affairs head of lifestyle economics Chris Snowdon looks at how a study by the University of Stirling has made young adults more likely to shun drinking over the use of health warnings on them.

Mandatory introduction: the ratings scheme is compulsory in Wales and Northern Ireland but not in England (image: Getty/navorolphotography)

Call for mandatory food hygiene rating display

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has renewed its call to introduce a mandatory food hygiene rating for food businesses, such as pubs, in England.

Top advice: tips on how to utilise TENs (image: Getty/buzbuzzer)

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Top tips on TENs

By Andy Grimsey, senior consultant solicitor, Poppleston Allen

We all know how useful temporary event notices (TENs) can be. Particularly in the years 2022 and 2023, when the Government has, in order to support business following Covid, increased the limits for TENs from a maximum of 15 per premises to 20, and a...

Official figures: data from the Office of National Statistics found total GDP for the UK in February 2022 grew by 0.1% (image: Getty/atiatiati)

Sector ‘main growth driver' of economy

By Nikkie Thatcher

The accommodation and food services sector activities grew by 8.6% in February 2022 and was the main contributor to the service industry’s growth in that month, official figures have revealed.

Deep dive: the inquiry aims to examine the UK's response to Covid-19 (image: Getty/Creative Crop)

UKH responds to Covid-19 inquiry consultation

By Nikkie Thatcher

Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Covid-19 Inquiry draft terms of reference, particularly the specific mention of hospitality.

Advice given: pubs that are recent converts to social media and email marketing need to be careful if they are planning to hold sweepstake events for this weekend’s Grand National (image: Getty/golero)

Digital marketing could make your pub sweepstake illegal

By Richard Bradley, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With the pandemic forcing pubs to close for large periods over the past two years, we saw many establishments focus their attention on digital marketing to make sure their customers didn’t forget about them.

Salary rise: the increase in wages come after the Low Pay Commission's recommendation (image: Getty/lovelyday12)

NLW to rise by 6.6%

By Nikkie Thatcher

National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from today (Friday 1 April), with the NLW hike labelled “the largest ever uplift”, the Government has announced.

Lower rate: VAT has been at 12.5% on food, soft drinks and accommodation since October 2021 (image: Getty/valiantsin suprunovich)

20% VAT hike comes into force

By Nikkie Thatcher

The return of a 20% VAT rate on food, accommodation and soft drinks is implemented from today (Friday 1 April).

All rise: every city on the report has increased sales as footfall returns (credit: Getty/andresr)

Glasgow bounces back strongest with recovery slower in London

By Gary Lloyd

Glasgow has been labelled the most vibrant of the top 10 UK cities as the hospitality trade continues to improve with London the slowest to recover, according to a new report from insights data and Wi-Fi specialists CGA and Wireless Social.

Opinion piece: Tory Peer and chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs Philip Smith looks back on Government support amid the pandemic (image: Getty/Luis Davilla)

Opinion

'Give the Government credit, where credit is due'

By Philip Smith, the Lord Smith of Hindhead CBE and chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs

As we emerge from the Covid pandemic I think we can all agree that this has been the most extraordinary time in most of our lives, and in the life of the nation. There will be many lessons to be learned.

Positive property news: Seafood Pubco opens Hertfordshire venue after renovation

Seafood PubCo venue opens after £1.2m refurb

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Seafood PubCo (SPC) has opened a new southern flagship pub the Grand Junction Arms in Tring, Hertfordshire, after a £1.2m renovation, celebrating the year anniversary of its partnership with The Oakman Group.

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill: new laws for hospitality welcomed by trade body UKHospitality (Credit: Getty/sturti)

UKH welcomes bill to deal with Covid rent debt

By Rebecca Weller

Trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has welcomed the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill, citing dealing with rent debt “imperative” for the sector as it recovers from the Covid pandemic.

What's in the news 25 March

The MA's Review of the Week

'Deaf ear at the heart of Government'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with UK Hospitality's Kate Nicholls to discuss the week's big developments including the disappointment of the Spring Statement and the challenges facing the sector down the line.

Operators disappointed with Spring Statement: Chancellor's statement a

Spring Statement a 'bitter blow' for sector

By Rebecca Weller

Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement yesterday (Wednesday 23 March) a “bitter blow” for the sector as operators express disappointment with the Chancellor as he could have done more to ensure sustainability in the industry.

Lacking vital support: business rates discount of 50% welcome but will help only the smallest businesses in the sector (Credit: Getty/stocknshares)

SPRING STATEMENT MARCH 2022

50% business rates relief for eligible hospitality businesses

By Rebecca Weller

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a temporary 50% business rates relief for eligible hospitality businesses up to £110,000, worth £1.7bn for small businesses and effective from next month, as part of the 2022 Spring Statement.

Money matters: although the national insurance contribution threshold was raised, trade bodies were disappointed with Sunak’s speech (credit: Getty/Zedelle)

spring statement march 2022

More cash in pockets of sector staff as NI threshold raised by £3k

By Gary Lloyd

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has increased the threshold before workers start paying national insurance contributions by £3,000 in Wednesday’s Spring Statement meaning staff in the sector will keep more of the money they have earned.

Rates will rise: Hospitality 'disappointed' as no mention of VAT rate in Spring Statement

Spring Statement March 2022

Sunak silent on VAT in Spring Statement

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Chancellor made no reference to keeping the VAT rate at 12.5% permanently in the Spring Statement on Wednesday 23 March, meaning the rate will rise to 20% in April.

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