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The Morning Advertiser Podcast episode 71

Going down the pan!

By Ed Bedington

Top toilets are vital for any pub operation, but are we always getting it right. The Lock In team go beyond the u-bend to find out how you can up your loo offer!

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Accommodation offer can 'boost' pub business

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

It turns out there IS room at the inn, with pubs across the country investing in rooms so that guests can chill out and stay the night after enjoying the food and drink on offer.

Room at the inn: Spend well and stay core to your values, is this operator's advice

‘Buy once and buy right’ when investing in rooms

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The operator of the Lancashire-based gastropub Freemasons at Wiswell has advised pubs to “buy once and buy right” if they’re looking to invest in accommodation at their site.

Running a pub: Research is key from the get go (Getty/ monkeybusinessimages)

How to get into the pub trade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Do you want to run a pub but don’t know where to start? Fleurets director and head of agency gives advice on how to go about getting into the sector.

Cashflow concerns: 98% of operators worried about their cashflow (Credit: Getty/Igor Vershinsky)

Most operators reporting cashflow worries

By Rebecca Weller

More than half (58%) of operators expect overall costs to further increase this year with 98% having reported cashflow concerns, a new survey by international business payments firm, Equals Money, has revealed.

Alfresco dining and drinking: Roché awnings have resulted in increased covers at the Junction Bar, Chesterfield

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Increase revenue made from outdoor space this winter

By Roché Systems

Summer 2022 has been the summer of sport. With Wimbledon, The Open, the Women’s Euros and the Commonwealth Games, UK sports fans have enjoyed a competition-filled season. But it’s not over yet.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 37

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Money trouble: Pub finance challenges

By Ed Bedington

With finances facing an ever-growing squeeze and debts coming home to roost next month, the Lock In team take a look at what pub operators should be thinking about when it comes to managing cash flow, dealing with debt, handling the current utilities...

UKH Benchmarking Survey: Publicans urged to take part in the future shaping survey

UKH survey to help Government shape future of sector

By Rebecca Weller

UKHospitality (UKH) has urged operators, including pubs and nightclubs, to take part in its upcoming annual Benchmarking Survey, following its hiatus last year due to the pandemic.

Consumer spending in pubs was down 13.8% in December 2021: New Year's resolutions show optimism for spending in 2022 (Credit: Getty/ fpphotobank)

Consumer spending in December dropped by 13.8%

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector was among the hardest hit in December 2021 as bars, pubs and clubs saw a growth of 21.2% compared to 35.0% the previous month, new data for Barclaycard has shown.

Almost 90,000 job losses since the start of the pandemic: One in five bouncers have left the security industry (Credit: Getty/ iunderhill)

One in five bouncers leave the industry

By Rebecca Weller

One in five bouncers have left the security industry and staff levels were at 80% compared to pre coronavirus levels, a City Hall report into London’s night-time economy has found.

Best celler: ‘a great pint will always be in demand and will see your customers returning time and time again – especially key at a time when recommendations and repeat business are more important than ever,’ Heineken UK’s Jerry Shedden said.

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Perfect pints – born in the cellar, raised at the bar

By The Morning Advertiser

Even in the throes of a global pandemic, maintaining a stellar pub cellar is far from small beer, especially with potentially lower product throughput. The Morning Advertiser looks at how Covid-19 has shifted demand downstairs.

Line solutions: Innserve's team worked hard to ensure output

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Innserve makes it all flow smoothly on ‘Super Saturday’

By Innserve

As pubs and bars reopened in England on ‘Super Saturday’ and eager patrons enjoyed a pint, little thought was given to the hard work that went on behind the scenes by Innserve technicians and customer services team to ensure everything flowed smoothly.

Assurance you can trust: Red Tractor CEO Jim Moseley says this is ‘an easy way to build in due diligence to your organisation’

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Standard bearers of excellence: Red Tractor

By Ed Bedington

The presence of the Red Tractor logo is a mark of quality and of safety – in fact, many people will trade up if they see the hallmark. And, in these times, offering security means a lot to your potential customers.

Helping hand: Norwich-based Bullard's Gin is one of many UK distilleries to say it will produce hand sanitiser (image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)


Distillery to produce hand sanitiser

By Emily Hawkins

A distillery has explained why it will be producing hand sanitiser for public service providers, joining many others doing the same across the country.

Stocking strategy: pub founder Randy Rampersad only stocks from eco-friendly or charitable suppliers


Ethical products pay off, says pub founder

By Emily Hawkins

The labour involved in searching for eco-friendly and ethical suppliers pays off, pub founder Randy Rampersad told attendees at The Morning Advertiser’s MA500 conference.

Creating a best cellar: if your cellar runs smoothly, your business will too

How to create a best cellar

By Stuart Stone

Serving the best possible drinks is vital in keeping customers coming back – get it wrong and you can kiss those drinkers goodbye. But if you can keep your cellar in mint condition, you could make a real name for yourself

Perks of the job: in some pubs staff are able to eat in the public dining room

Staff dinners: food as a fringe benefit

By Emma Eversham

With more operators offering staff meals, how do they do it, why do they feel it’s important, and what benefit is there to employees and the business?

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Britain’s greatest pub owner guest edits The Morning Advertiser

By Nicholas Robinson

In celebration of the great British pub, The Morning Advertiser (MA) has commissioned Heath Ball, Pub of the Year winner at the Great British Pub Awards 2018, to edit the current issue of the magazine – which is out this week.

Capital gains: data indicates that the gender pay gap among London’s luxury and fine-dining establishments is below the national average for the sector

UK’s hospitality gender pay gap narrows by 2% in past year

By Stuart Stone

According to figures from luxury hospitality recruitment company The Change Group, the average salary of female hospitality staff has increased at a faster rate than male counterparts to narrow the sector’s gender pay gap.

Mental wellbeing: The Benevolent CEO Chris Porter addresses mental health issues in the industry

Less than half of drinks staff ‘on top of mental health’

By Stuart Stone

According to statistics revealed by Chris Porter, chief executive of drinks industry charity The Benevolent at Craft Beer Rising 2019, only 46% of staff describe themselves as being ‘on top of their mental health’.

Safety: How can you keep your staff and customers secure?

Security in pubs: my camera never lies

By Fred A'Court

Safety issues are not only vital in keeping your customers out of harm’s way, they must be controlled so you retain your licence and stay out of legal trouble. Here, we look at how CCTV is crucial in general, and also at countering drugs and terrorism...

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