Group plans: through a series of guides and training materials, Ability aims to raise awareness of different disabilities, both visible and non-visible, and the different challenges they present to employees

Greene King reveals new inclusion group

By Rebecca Weller

Large operator Greene King this week (Monday 4 April) launched a new inclusion group to support its team members with disabilities, Ability, to mark the start of Autism Awareness Month.

Death by a thousand cuts: as costs continue to rise pubs have been left with no breathing space following Covid and face a tough year (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Hospitality sector entering 'catastrophic period'

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have had no breathing time following the pandemic as rising costs pose multiple challenges for operators who have survived by “the skin of their teeth” with the potential for a "catastrophic" and "very tough" year ahead, according...

Bringing the Big Apple to Newcastle: Arc Inspirations to open Manahatta bar in Newcastle

Arc to open Manahatta site in Newcastle

By Rebecca Weller

Bar operator Arc Inspirations is set to expand its portfolio with its biggest ever development, having secured approval to launch a £2.5m Manahatta bar in Newcastle.

Pay rise: Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer (Getty/ Igor Vershinsky)

Revolution Bars Group no longer a minimum wage employer

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution Bars Group, the operator of bars including Revolución de Cuba, Playhouse, and Founders & Co, has invested £2m in raising wages over minimum wage, as part of the ‘fair day’s pay for hard day’s work’ pledge.

Trade comparison: 'It doesn’t make economic sense that food bought in pubs, restaurants and cafés attract VAT of 20%, when food is VAT-free in supermarkets,' says JD Wetherspoon (JDW) boss Tim Martin

JDW boss blasts Gov proposal to increase VAT

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has criticised the Government’s plans to increase VAT back to 20% for food in pubs, restaurants and cafés from next month (April).

Patrick Dardis steps down as Young's CEO

Dardis to leave Young's

By Ed Bedington

Young’s boss Patrick Dardis has announced plans to step down from the role after six years, to be replaced by chief operating office Simon Dodd.

Price hike: JDW to rise pint price by 10p (Getty/ The Good Brigade)

JDW hikes pint prices by 10p

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has increased the cost of pints across its UK pubs, as rising prices and supply chain issues suffocate the sector.

Event details: the next MA Leaders Club meeting is set to take place in Manchester this May (image: Getty/Ingus Kruklitis)

MA Leaders Club

MA Leaders Club May location revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

The next MA Leaders Club event will be taking place in May this year and we can now reveal whereabouts in the country it will be.

£1 please: Operators encouraged to join fundraising efforts (Getty/ Ika84)

Call for operators to fundraise for Ukraine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Staff at the Piano Works, central London have called for operators to unite and fundraise for the people of Ukraine who are suffering from lack of shelter, safety, water and food.

Building history: the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa is Grade II-listed and has been a part of Oswestry since 1727

RedCat estate tips over 100 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

The investment vehicle founded by former Greene King boss Rooney Anand, RedCat Pub Company has added to its portfolio with the Wynnstay Hotel & Spa, building on its existing estate of more than 1,000 hotel rooms.

Buy one, get one free: Stonegate Pubs are offering customers free drinks to support the Marmalade Trust charity this March

Stonegate offering free drinks this March

By Rebecca Weller

Stonegate Pub Partners is offering customers a buy one, get one free deal on selected drinks across its estate to support charity until the end of March 2022.

Female empowerment: Wells celebrates female staff for International Women's Day (Getty/ andresr)

International Women's Day 2022 - sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Wells celebrate female staff

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Wells have celebrated International Women’s Day today (8 March) through showcasing stories of the company’s female staff.

Female representation: Revolution Bars Group senior team tipped to female majority

International Women's Day 2022 - sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Revolution Bars Group champions women with new senior appointments

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Revolution Bars Group has tipped the balance of its executive team to a female majority with two new hires, in a bid to show a positive shift towards diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

No delivery: Lack of gas at the Chaser inn, Kent (Getty/ B2M Productions)

No delivery from Calor Gas forces pub to close

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A Kent pub was forced to close for a few days after Calor Gas failed to top up gas levels, which the managing director of the pub group has claimed was “not forgivable”.

Support shown: craft breweries have formed a group called Drinkers for Ukraine (credit: Getty/Kukurund)

Craft breweries unite to raise funds for Ukraine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Europe’s craft breweries, cider makers and wineries are coming together to raise funds and show solidarity for the Ukrainian people, as the ninth day of Russia’s invasion dawns.

What's in the news 4 March

The MA's Review of the Week

Experience will be key in face of rising prices

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Lancashire-based multiple Tim Tomlinson of the Hand Pulled Pub Company to discuss passing on price rises, growing consumer confidence and the importance of service.

Prospect Pubs expands estate

Prospect Pubs expand with fifth site

By Ed Bedington

Prospect Pubs has announced the launch of its fifth site with the opening of the Joiners Arms near Banbury with a sixth on the way.

Head north: New World Trading Company is to open a Botanist site in Scotland later this year

NWTC to open Botanist site in Edinburgh

By Gary Lloyd

Bar-restaurant operator New World Trading Company (NWTC) will open a Botanist site in the St James Quarter area of Edinburgh later this year.

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Property round-up

£121k revamp of Herts GK pub and boutique pub with rooms opens in Newbury

By Gary Lloyd

The latest property news includes Greene King Pub Partners’ renovation of a village pub in Hertfordshire, Red Lion Holdings’ restoration of a site with boutique pub and rooms in Berkshire, a new Punch Pubs site and London Fields Brewery site placed on...

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