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Raise a glass: Licensing hours extended for Jubilee weekend in June (Getty/ CreativeDream)

Pubs can open for extra 2 hours on Jubilee weekend

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The licensing hours for pubs, bars and clubs will be extended for an extra two hours for three nights over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.

Truly punishing: 38% of operators cut trading hours to combat skyrocketing energy price increases (Credit: Getty/hit003)

Almost 40% of operators cut trading hours to combat rising costs

By Rebecca Weller

Almost two fifths of operators have been forced to cut trading hours to combat cost increases across the board, according to a poll conducted by trade organisations UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer and Pub Association...

What's in the news 18 March

The MA's Review of the Week

‘We’re going to see the biggest division in wealthiest and poorest’

By Gary Lloyd

The MA’s Gary Lloyd caught up with night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord to get his views on the two-year anniversary of when Boris Johnson told people not to go to pubs before closing them, the upcoming Spring Statement, cost of...

Looking at licensing: the Business & Planning Act includes two provisions that can help operators - fast track pavement licences and temporary off sales of alcohol (image: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

Update on Business & Planning Act

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor at Poppleston Allen

We are now into the second year since the provisions of the Business & Planning Act were introduced by the Government in July 2020, with a view to helping licensees trade as they reopened post- pandemic.

Muted celebrations: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls

UKH celebrates recovering, yet warns of challenges ahead

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Office of National Statistics’ latest labour market overview, which showed industries continuing to recover from the pandemic, was “positive news” for hospitality, yet the sector was still fragile, according to UKHospitality (UKH).

Confusing message: the SLTA and UKHospitality Scotland have expressed disappointment over the extension of face mask rules in Scotland (credit: Getty/Drazen Zigic)

SLTA fears for bar staff over face mask extension

By Gary Lloyd

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) fears the government’s decision to continue forcing pub customers to wear face masks could lead to angry confrontations with bar staff.

Building momentum: like-for-like sales in Britain's managed restaurants, bars and pubs were 3% higher in February 2022 than February 2019 (Credit: Mykola Pokhodzhay)

Managed groups see 3% sales increase in February

By Rebecca Weller

Sales in Britain’s managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 3% higher in February 2022 than in February 2019, according to the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker.

Safety first: customers demand the best hygiene standards

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Hygiene demands by consumers serve as wake-up call

By Food Alert

‘One strike and you’re out’ – that’s the conclusion of a Hygiene Matters consumer report that shows hygiene is a key decision driver when choosing where to go for a drink, meal or order takeaway for delivery.

Legal expert: Poppleston Allen partner James Anderson

Licensing hub - legal with Poppleston Allen

It’s not what you’ve done, it’s what you may do that counts!

By James Anderson, partner at Poppleston Allen

I have written about this before, but it is becoming an increasingly significant part of the licensing process. The track record and proven operating ability is not as significant as it used to be.

Hospitality businesses see 150% increase in energy cost: some suppliers now refusing contracts to businesses in the sector (Credit: Getty/John Lamb)

150% hike in pubs’ energy bills

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality businesses across the UK have seen energy bills rise by 150% or more when compared to pre-pandemic levels, equivalent to an £800m additional cost to the sector, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Discussion welcome: pubs code adjudicator Fiona Dickie outlines how she is looking to increase conversations with tenants

How the pubs code is working in practice

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

A big focus for me at the moment is boosting communications with tied tenants. I am listening to their views about the code and improving their understanding of pubs code rights.

Long look: the timeline runs from February 2020 until February 2022 (image: Getty/MoMo Productions)

A look back at how the coronavirus pandemic impacted pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Following the Government's Living with Covid plan being published last week, The Morning Advertiser has taken a deep dive into the rules and regulations the sector has faced amid the pandemic over the past two years.

Are pubs fighting for support?

No time to sit on our hands

By Ed Bedington

And so, with screaming tyres and a whiff of burning (or is that hypocrisy), the Government has yanked on the handbrake and skidded us 180 degrees out of the pandemic.

TeiganSmile: Owners of the Maldon Grey aim to raise awareness of dangers of newborns being kissed on lips

Pair use pub to promote TeiganSmile campaign

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Rebecca and Tony Bayliss have used their pub the Maldon Grey in Sudbury, Suffolk, to help fundraise through their campaign, TeiganSmile, to support their child who developed cerebral palsy after being kissed on the lips as a newborn baby.

Government ask: operators have also written to the Government, calling for the 12.5% VAT to remain in place (image: Getty/Galeanu Mihai)

Lower VAT remains operators' top ask for Spring Statement

By Nikkie Thatcher

Keeping the 12.5% VAT rate on food, soft drinks and accommodation is the most preferred ask from operators to the Government ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Statement next month (March), a flash survey has shown.

Onwards and upwards: pubs are back on the expansion trail says Peter Hansen of Sapient Corporate Finance

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Further lockdowns unlikely because Government ‘cannot afford it’

By Gary Lloyd

The possibility of further lockdowns is over according to Peter Hansen of Sapient Corporate Finance because the Government “cannot afford it”, he said while speaking at the MA Leaders Club conference at Fabric nightclub, in London, on Thursday 24 February.

BBPA calls for three-yearly business rates cycle: pubs pay more in business, per pound of turnover, than any other business sector (Credit: Getty/ Image Source)

BBPA calls for exemptions on new business rates review

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for exemptions to the proposed ‘Duty to Notify’ requirements for pubs detailed as part of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Community and Treasury’s joint technical consultation on moving...

All restrictions in Scotland to be lifted from 21 March: sector welcomes end of restrictions but warn further support is needed (Credit: Shutterstock/Terry Murden)

Sector welcomes end to restrictions in Scotland

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies across the hospitality sector have welcomed the lifting of Covid restrictions in Scotland but urge the end to restrictions must come sooner and further support must be given.

Range of demands: Kate Nicholls of UKHospitality

UKH demands new tax rate for sector

By Gary Lloyd

A new hospitality tax rate must be introduced to aid the recovery of the sector while a sales tax must be introduced for online businesses, according to UKHospitality (UKH).

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