Social hub: phone-bans promote conversation and interaction (Getty/ Riou)

Phones kill conversation say micropub owners

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UK micropub owners said that phones “kill” conversation and show a “lack of respect”, while pub phone-bans help promote social interaction after lockdown-induced isolation.

City economies: night time economy adviser for Bristol, Carly Heath, night czar for London, Amy Lamé and night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, wrote to Rishi Sunak together. (image: Alena Kravchenko / Getty)

Cities’ night czars call for more support

By Emily Hawkins

Night-time economy advisers in Bristol, London and Greater Manchester have written to the Chancellor urging for more support in an “unprecedented period of restrictions.”

Great achievement: The Alchemist is to invest £4.5m on three new openings

Triple opening plans for The Alchemist

By Mark Wingett, MCA

The Alchemist, the Palatine Private Equity-backed cocktail bar and restaurant concept, is to invest £4.5m on three new openings, including its first moves into the south west and Wales.