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Get your team ready: This year's World's Biggest Pub Quiz set for highest levels of pub participation

More than 500 pubs register for World’s Biggest Pub Quiz

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

More than 500 pubs have signed up to the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz, running from 9 to 15 May, with organiser PubAid confident this year’s event would hit an all-time high in pub participation, and money raised for charity.

Safe space: Inclusivity, community and entertainment key to LGBTQ+ venues (Getty/Ladanifer)

Operators offer tips for running LGBTQ+ venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Community, entertainment, and inclusivity must come first when running a successful LGBTQ+ venue reveal operators, with the rise in homophobic hate crimes over the pandemic stressing the need for safe spaces.

Game on: pub customers can play pool and darts but the business must factor this into their risk assessment (image: Getty/Steevy84)

Pub goers can play pool and darts

By Emily Hawkins

Customers returning to the pub this week will be allowed to play indoor games such as pool and darts, as per Government Covid-19 guidance for businesses.

Self-sanctioned baptism of fire: 'Ironically, the one area I do now feel in control of is the other side of my career as a performer'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘When you’re a publican and you’ve retrained as an actress. Just call me Lucky’

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

To kick off a series looking back at a turbulent 12 months in the on-trade, Debbie Baisden, a multi-tasking, performing publican, explains how she is confronting Covid-19 challenges with hopes to continue both her careers in the arts and hospitality.

Publican Awards: The MA is calling for stories of excellence to send the message that hospitality matters.

Publican Awards aims to celebrate sector

By The Morning Advertiser

The coronavirus crisis has battered our sector, yet companies have remained resilient and strong, supporting their teams and customers. The Morning Advertiser (MA) aims to celebrate this with the launch of the Publican Awards.

Cultural change: 'pubs and restaurants have made headlines consistently over the past nine months, but the incredibly serious, potentially existential crisis, facing night clubs doesn’t seem to be penetrating the zeitgeist in the same way'

Analysis

Night clubs 'unfortunate, unnoticed casualties' of coronavirus

By Stuart Stone

While the existential crisis facing night clubs hasn’t occupied as many column inches as the plight of pubs, a number of sector stakeholders believe that lights out for late nights out would change not just the complexion of the hospitality sector, but...

Music limit: pubs must ensure “no music is played on the premises which exceeds 85db

Pubs banned from playing loud music

By Emily Hawkins

The pub sector was not adequately consulted on extra restrictions on pub music volumes, a trade association has said.

Government clarification: pubs have been advised they should not be hosting karaoke events just yet.

Pubs 'should not host karaoke'

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs should still not host karaoke events amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has advised.

Reopening unlikely: news of Government support for grassroots music venues will be welcome news for sites such as the Fiddler's Elbow in north London

Grants of up to £80k for music pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Grassroots music venues at immediate risk of permanent closure will receive £2.25m emergency funding, the Government has announced.

Impossible to reopen: one publican said he felt there was 'no light at the end of the tunnel' with theatre lovers reluctant to return

Theatre pubs 'stepping into the unknown'

By Emily Hawkins

Theatre pubs are facing an existential threat as the possibility of reopening this summer looks slim, operators have told The Morning Advertiser (MA).

How can pubs continue to provide live entertainment?

The show must go on...

By Ed Bedington

Live entertainment has long been a pub sector staple, and although lockdown is still underway operators are continuing to find ways to entertain punters.

Tuned in: United We Stream has raised more than £250,000. Pictured Andy Burnham (left) and Sacha Lord

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Apply for United We Stream’s £260,000 Covid-19 relief fund

By Stuart Stone

Pubs, bars and music venues in Greater Manchester can now apply for additional Covid-19 funding after the region’s live gig platform, United We Stream, raised more than a quarter of a million pounds in its first month.

Quiz of the year: have a go, and share your score on Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you did

The Morning Advertiser Quiz of the Year

By Ed Bedington

It’s nearly the end of 2019 and it has been quite the year, but have you kept up to speed on the various issues and challenges that have faced the sector?

It’s a cracker: pubco is putting the green into Greene King

Greene King goes green with its crackers

By Alice Leader

This year, Greene King is pulling a greener Christmas as it offers an eco-friendly cracker to its customers as a step to reduce its environmental impact.

Increase the bottom line: new research reveals pub crawls are still a big hit with stag and hen parties

How do stags and hen dos benefit the trade?

By Alice Leader

A new survey has revealed pub crawls are a top way for stags and hens to see off their single status, with it being stag party’s number one choice of activity and second for hens.

Fully digital: Rock and Roll Bingo is now accessible on smartphones

Rock and Roll Bingo goes digital

By Alice Leader

Rock and Roll Bingo is going digital, bolstering a slicker, hassle-free and less time-consuming experience by changing their dabbers and bingo cards to the smartphone.

Interactive strategy: whether you do so with a game of darts or computer games, keep ’em entertained

Ready player one: how have pub games evolved?

By Gary Lloyd

In the past, a drink and a game of dominoes was all a pub had to do to keep a regular’s custom. Now the bar is set much higher and the expected experience is key.

Inn on the act: The Coach & Horses will stage a play starring television actor Robert Bathurst (image: Tom Howard)

Soho pub to stage play amid battle over lease

By Emily Hawkins

A London pub will stage a play about a past patron to celebrate the site’s cultural presence as part of a campaign against Fuller’s plans to take back the lease.

A wind up: pub operators have reacted angrily to news of a new music tariff from the PPL

Operators livid over £49m music fee hike

By Stuart Stone

The announcement that, as of 1 July, a Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) licence will be, on average, 130% more expensive has been branded ‘stupid’ and ‘ridiculous’ by incensed publicans.

Reel to reel: Tips on keeping gaming machines in pubs

Licensing Hub – Legal with Poppleston Allen

'What happens if an under-18 uses my gambling machine?'

By Poppleston Allen

Many pub and club operators holding premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003 operate gaming machines within their premises, often under a notification for two machines or a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit (LPGMP).

Property of the week

The Hazeldene Hotel

- Tenancy

The Hazeldene Hotel is opposite the Famous Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green. With 11 letting rooms, it is in a prime location to offer fantastic...

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