'Specialist knowledge': The Butcombe Futures Academy will see 12 assistant managers and 11 chefs complete tailored courses over the next year

Butcombe Pubs & Inns launches apprenticeship academy

By Stuart Stone

In partnership with hospitality industry training provider HIT Training, Butcombe Pubs & Inns has launched a bespoke apprenticeship programme across its estate of 25 managed West Country pubs.

Call for inclusion: the ALMR wants to see the sector included in skills reform

ALMR calls on Government to nurture hospitality workers

By Stuart Stone

With the Department for Education hosting its inaugural Skills Summit today (30 November), the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has implored the Government to include workers in the eating and drinking-out sector in plans to promote skills...

Perfect order: some customers need a little help when asking for a drink

Bar staff insider: beer education

By Bar staff insider

As bar staff we know that beer comes in all kinds of weird and wonderful varieties. Stout, IPA, porter, lager, keg, cask, not forgetting the infamous craft and many more.

Feeling isolated: employees from three pubcos can talk to lonely people who have worked in the trade

Pubcos team up with LTC to combat loneliness

By Georgina Townshend

Leading pubs companies Mitchells & Butlers, Ei Group and Punch have teamed up with the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) to help tackle loneliness among those who have worked in the trade.

Patience: waiting their turn is not something customers always understand

Bar staff insider: patience

By Bar staff insider

When the bar is five deep and you’re serving what seems like everyone and their dog already, you can guarantee there will be one imbecile who will try and place another order.

A big 'but': business increases but there are still major issues with recruitment

Appetite for eating and drinking out rises

By Nicholas Robinson

Brits are continuing to splurge on meals and drinks out of home, despite a dip in consumer confidence following the Brexit vote, research has claimed. However, recruitment remains a major issue for operators.

Steps to take: having more than one person dealing with finances makes theft more difficult

How to stop pub staff from stealing

By Georgina Townshend

No one likes to think it could happen but publicans are vulnerable to having cash and stock stolen from right under their noses by employees. Here, a top legal expert offers advice on how to stop it.

Lack of trust: Jemima Withey fears inside theft after £21k stolen

Operator awarded £1 after manager stole £21k

By Georgina Townshend

A Suffolk publican has hit out after being awarded £1 from a former manager who admitted stealing more than £20,000 from the premises over the course of a few months.

Expert advice: beer sommelier Jane Peyton on how beer training for staff can benefits sales

Why it pays to educate your bar staff in beer

By Claire Churchard

Jane Peyton, beer writer and founder of the School of Booze, explains why educated bar staff can pave the way to higher profits for pubs and why paying more for quality beer is worth every penny. The Morning Advertiser caught up with her ahead of her...

New note, new checks: make sure your staff accept only genuine new £10 notes

Get your pub ready for the new £10 note

By Georgina Townshend

As with any business that handles cash, pubs will need to plan, prepare and train staff on key security features for the introduction of the brand new polymer £10 note, which will come into circulation tomorrow (14 September).

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