Storms Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin: pubs battered by extreme weather costing thousands and causing closures (Credit: Getty/ oversnap)

Storms cost pubs tens of thousands

By Rebecca Weller

Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have battered parts of the UK over the past week and left some pubs unable to open.

Outside service: the current provisions on al fresco dining are set to end in September this year (image: Getty/claudiodivizia)

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A little slice of European culture in west London

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catastrophic time for the licensed industry, however not in every sense.

Call for information: the NTIA wants data released on why nightclubs were forced to close longer than other businesses (credit: Getty/gilaxia)

NTIA welcomes end of Welsh Covid Pass but demands inquiry

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has demanded to see the evidence that forced the closure of nightclubs in Wales longer than other businesses but welcomed the news Covid Passes are being scrapped from today (Friday 18 February).

Tracker results: sales in managed pubs saw a slight increase for January, when compared with the same month in 2019 (image; Getty/Taiyou Nomachi)

January sales saw marginal growth of 2%

By Nikkie Thatcher

A modest increase in the nation’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups sales in January were put down to rising consumer confidence and the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, according to the Coffer CGA Business Tracker.

Mezzanine collapse: emergency services including ambulances were called to the incident at Hackney Wick's Two More Years bar (stock image: Getty/Franz Takatsch)

13 injured by collapsed mezzanine at city bar

By Nikkie Thatcher

Emergency services were called to Two More Years bar in Hackney Wick, east London following reports parts of the building had collapsed on Saturday (12 February) afternoon.

Rising prices: 'Costs are escalating and we’re probably on our own when it comes to Government support,' says The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington

Time to keep fighting

By Ed Bedington

Pub operators could be forgiven for feeling a little like a punching bag of late. Fresh from being the main target when it comes to the Government’s ineffectual control of Covid, we’re now facing a tidal wave of cost when it comes to energy supply.

Rising costs: increasing energy bills are hitting operators amid a myriad of other soaring prices (image: Getty/coldsnowstorm)

‘Rising energy costs hitting firms at worst possible time’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Rocketing energy bills are crippling the sector at “the worst possible time”, following the impact of Plan B guidance over the festive period and ahead of Government support such as the lower VAT rate and business rates support ending.

Combatting costs: Price rise hike needed for sector recovery (Getty/ Peter Cade)

Prices expected to rise by 11% across sector

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Prices across the hospitality sector are expected to rise by 11% throughout the year, as businesses try to combat cost pressures and rising VAT rates, a UKHospitality (UKH) survey has revealed.

Information wanted: those wishing to submit evidence need to do so by Wednesday 17 February (image: Getty/akinbostanci)

APPBG calls for evidence in business rates inquiry

By Nikkie Thatcher

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) is conducting an inquiry into business rates and is calling for evidence and reform ideas from licensees, organisations and other interested parties.

Expert advice: Poppleston Allen has outlined what a shadow licence is (image: Getty/Tom Merton)

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Why landlord sometimes protect their interests with a separate premises licence

By Suraj Desor, Poppleston Allen

I have had two cases recently where a premise licence held in the tenant’s name lapsed (due to insolvency) requiring me to lodge an urgent application on behalf of the landlord for a new licence. So now is as good a time as ever to look at the protections...

Past the peak of Omicron variant: Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford

Nightclubs reopen in Wales

By Gary Lloyd

Nightclubs in Wales have been allowed to reopen as the country moves into alert level 0 as coronavirus cases begin to stabilise, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

End of restrictions: Sector welcomes the end of uncertainty but must be allowed to continue trading indefinitely according to the NTIA  (Credit: Getty/joec)

Sector welcomes the 'end of uncertainty' after Covid restrictions lift

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality will ‘celebrate’ the end of ‘Plan B’ and ‘uncertainty’ as restrictions across the country are lifted, but night-time businesses need to be able to continue trading indefinitely, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Returning to pubs: More than two thirds of consumers felt more confident visiting pubs during December 2021 than at the start of 2021 (Credit: Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Consumer confidence doubles since the start of last year

By Rebecca Weller

More than two thirds of consumers felt a higher level of confidence when visiting pubs, bars, and restaurants, during December 2021 than at the start of 2021, according to the CGA Consumer Pulse Survey.

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