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Cost worry: ‘I am concerned operators could be spending hundreds of pounds on new layouts and capacity measures, that may, come 4 July, be wrong’, says Sacha Lord (centre)


The longer we wait, the less ready we will be

By Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester

It's just over three weeks until the sector is meant to reopen - but little is known on how we’re meant to be reopening.

Welcome relief: the extension of rent relief until the end of August will take Star's total spend on rent concessions past the £20m mark


Star Pubs & Bars to extend rent relief throughout July and August

By Stuart Stone

Heineken’s pub arm Star Pubs & Bars has extended rent relief for leased and tenanted pub operators throughout July and August amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, taking its total rent concession spending to around £21m.

Common thread: ‘many pubs will struggle to open at all, having environments not designed for social distancing,’ according to BII chief executive Steve Alton


One-in-four pubs can’t reopen at 2m distancing, BII survey finds

By Stuart Stone

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has found that while three quarters of pubs could reopen in some way, shape or form, under two-metre social distancing rules, 82% of them would do so at less than half of pre-pandemic turnover levels.

Industry lifeline: Chancellor Rishi Sunak is believed to be a member of the ‘Save Summer Six’, which supports reopening pubs earlier, according to The Financial Times


Ministers bid to ‘save summer’ with 22 June pub restart

By Stuart Stone

A group of ministers said to be calling themselves the ‘Save Summer Six’ are working to reopen pubs in England a fortnight ahead of schedule in a bid to save 3.5m hospitality sector jobs, according to reports.

International focus: monitoring events abroad may give us insight as to what our venues may look like, says Sacha Lord


Hospitality must look abroad for a glimpse of the future

By Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester

This week marks a positive step in our road to recovery as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) looks set to advise how bars and pubs can reopen.

Legal Q&A: solicitors from Poppleston Allen answer your questions regarding licence and permit renewal and the potential drawbacks of a CVA

Licensing Hub – Legal with Poppleston Allen

Legal Q&A: Licence and permit renewal, the pitfalls of a CVA

By Poppleston Allen

In the latest Legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, we take a closer look at licence and permit renewal as well as the potential drawbacks of a company voluntary arrangement.

Annual review: Stew & Oyster’s Jay Weir says ‘the past six weeks or so already feel like half a lifetime’


‘Never let a crisis go to waste’

By Jay Weir, operations director, Stew & Oyster

As I look back on my first year as ops director of Yorkshire-based pub operator Stew & Oyster, to say it hasn’t quite been what I was expecting would be like saying beer is moderately palatable – rather an understatement.

We can do this: 'tell us how we can help, where you’re having problems and what can be done to resolve them,' MA managing editor Nicholas Robinson says


'There’s no option other than fight'

By Nicholas Robinson

‘Frustrated’ doesn’t seem to cut the mustard right now, nor does difficult, trying, testing, tough or troubling.

French exit: the 18th century French House is hoping to raise £80,000 to keep its doors open (pic: Gideon Wright, Flickr)


Top 50 Gastropub seeks £80,000 to survive pandemic

By Stuart Stone

A Soho pub that housed France’s government-in-exile after the German occupation during World War II is seeking £80,000 to keep its doors open amid the Covid-19 emergency.

Coronavirus update for pubs weekend of 2-3 May


Weekend news bulletin for pubs - 2 and 3 May

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington reviews the biggest news stories from the pub sector after another week in lockdown ahead of the weekend of 2 and 3 May.

Dead money: Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames suggest possible solutions to the late-night levy issue

Late-night levy in lockdown

By Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames

Cornerstone Barristers’ Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames, a partner at licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, give their take on late-night levy charges, which are payments for nothing during the coronavirus lockdown.

Takeover wanted: ‘we are hopeful we can find a buyer,’ says administrators of 16 Hospitality


16 Hospitality enters administration

By Stuart Stone

Administrators are seeking a buyer for Cheshire-based multiple operator 16 Hospitality after it fell into administration amid Covid-19 trading restrictions.

Heart of the village: the Anchor is the linchpin for great food delivered from the pub

My Pub

How the Anchor launched a popular food delivery service

By Gary Lloyd

When pubs were shut down in March, licensees Matthew Crisp and partner Lee Hughes had to act fast, so they set up a food delivery service that is proving hugely popular with locals, who have responded by doing all they can to support the business. Here,...

Fair play: brewing bodies demand parity with pubs on grants and an allowance to make off-sales


54% of independent brewers unable to access Government support

By Stuart Stone

Both the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have called on the Government to offer brewers the same level of support as pubs after a majority of beer makers revealed they’ve been unable to access state support.

Brakes pulled: the PGB has called a temporary halt to ongoing and upcoming pub rental negotiations until 30 June


Pub rent review negotiations suspended until 30 June

By Stuart Stone

The Pub Governing Body (PGB) has called a temporary halt to ongoing and upcoming pub rental negotiations while venues remain closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.