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56.2% of UK SMEs report a rise in earnings: 40% plan to hire an average of 6 new staff members before March (Credit: Getty/georgeclerk)

SMEs look to hire staff after positive growth

By Rebecca Weller

During the last quarter of 2021, 56.2% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK reported a rise in earnings when compared with the same period in 2020, according to the latest quarterly Barclaycard Payments SME Barometer.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 37

The Lock In Podcast

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...

Job vacancies in the sector 100% higher than pre-Covid: UKH urges stakeholders to redouble efforts and support for the Hospitality Rising Campaign (Credit: Getty/ablokhin)

Job vacancies in sector 'now double' pre-pandemic levels

By Rebecca Weller

Job vacancies are 100% higher in the hospitality sector than the corresponding pre-Covid period, according to the latest labour market statistics published today (Wednesday 16 February) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

NTIA summit to take place from 7 to 8 April 2022: celebrating the resilience, community spirit and adaptability of the sector (Credit: Getty/X2Photo)

NTIA summit celebrating sector to take place in April

By Rebecca Weller

The first edition of the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) Night-Time Economy (NTE) Summit has been confirmed to take place from 7 to 8 April 2022 in conjunction with Bristol Nights and Savenightlife.

Best practice guidance for the management of pub repairs and dilapidations: trade bodies collaborate to produce guidance report (Credit: Getty/South_agency)

Trade bodies formulate repairs guidance

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality (UKH), have produced best practice guidance for the management of pub repairs and dilapidations.

National Pubwatch conference returns after two-year hiatus: speakers will discuss safeguarding issues across the sector  (2018 conference pictured)

National Pubwatch conference returns for 2022

By Rebecca Weller

A National Pubwatch conference focusing on safeguarding issues within the sector will be taking place on Tuesday 22 February 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.

How can operators save money on energy bills? (Credit: Getty/PM Images)

How can pubs save money on energy bills?

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs could see a 56% increase on energy bills following last week’s announcement from energy regulator Ofgem, however, some simple changes could save licensees money in just a few months.

Couldn't believe her eyes: Licensee sees electricity bill rocket by 118%  (Credit: Gety/peepo)

Licensee sees energy bill rise by 118%

By Rebecca Weller

Licensee sees electricity bill soar to more than double, going from an average of £2,700 per month last year to £5,900 in December 2021.

The Pub of the Future: Heineken UK release new report examining key sustainability trends (Credit: Getty/Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)

Heineken UK releases new sustainability report

By Rebecca Weller

Heineken UK has released a new report examining three key sustainability trends shaping the hospitality industry: innovation in infrastructure, environmentally friendly experiences, and serving up a sustainable offering.

Still short of pre-coronavirus trading: Drinks sales in the week to Saturday 15 January were down 12% (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Drinks sales down 12% in the week to 15 January

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants in the week to Saturday 15 January were 12% down when compared to the same week in 2020, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

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.

Pedalling for Pubs has almost reached its fundraising milestone of £150,000: Participants will cycle across Jordan in challenging conditions for charity this March

Pedalling for Pubs raises almost £150,000

By Rebecca Weller

Charity cycle event Pedalling for Pubs has almost reached its fundraising milestone of £150,000, having reached £146,000 as of Tuesday 18 January.

Reciprocal relationship: online training offers skills to your staff that will help your business

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Feature: Get the right staff and let tech help you win in business

By Gary Lloyd

We all know that if we want to make money in our pubs, we need customers to buy drinks and food but there are many aspects needed to enable that to happen from having the right staff to do the right things through to back-office tech to help make the...

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.

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.

Incentivising staff: Amersham pub operator rewards employees with 'Koda' cryptocurrency (Credit: Getty/cihatatceken)

Vote now: Should pubs use cryptocurrency?

By Rebecca Weller

Since the start of the pandemic, many pubs have adopted a cashless approach, but could this lead onto a future where cryptocurrency is widely used? This is certainly the case according to one licensee in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Christmas Part Two: Licensee Pete Marshall wants to give customers the December they wanted but couldn't have (Credit: Getty/ Martinns)

Kent pub offers customers a second chance at Christmas

By Rebecca Weller

Following announcements from Prime Minister Boris Johnson in December, including the advice to limit socialising over Christmas, the Kings Arms in Bexleyheath saw 400 cancellations in just six days, but licensee Pete Marshall is giving customers a second...

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Finalists in The Publican Awards 2022 revealed

By Ed Bedington

The race is under way to find out the best companies in the trade as The Publican Awards gears up for the next stages of judging and announces those in the running.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 34

The Lock In Podcast

Christmas woes and financial thoughts...

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team sign off the year with a focus on how operators can maximise the most of the current situation and plan for the worst in the New Year. From some great advice on how to offset or extend bounceback loans to best practice on handling reservations...

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.

Martyn Hillier: Micropubs are about bringing communities back together (Getty/ Instants)

Micropubs ‘bring communities back together’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Micropubs strip pubs back to traditional values of “friendship” and “conversation” and “bring communities back together” said the founder of the world’s first micropub Martyn Hillier.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 33

The Lock In Podcast

The opportunities and pitfalls of review websites

By Ed Bedington

The latest episode of the Lock In Podcast sees the team focus on review sites such as TripAdvisor and Google from the Prince of Peckham in east London with the pub’s operator Clement Ogbonnaya as well as Tony Kent from Reputation.com.

Digital revolution: Virtual spaces are here to stay (Getty/ Nikolay Evsyukov)

Virtual spaces key to high-end venues

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Virtual spaces are here to stay, with high end venues using them to unite customers safely, increase revenue and engage with a global audience, operators have said.

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