British Beer & Pub Association

Rising costs: increasing energy bills are hitting operators amid a myriad of other soaring prices (image: Getty/coldsnowstorm)

‘Rising energy costs hitting firms at worst possible time’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Rocketing energy bills are crippling the sector at “the worst possible time”, following the impact of Plan B guidance over the festive period and ahead of Government support such as the lower VAT rate and business rates support ending.

New measures: the rules mean those who test positive for Covid-19 can leave isolation on day six if they have had two consecutive negative lateral flow tests on days five and six (image: Getty/TraceyAPhotos)

Cutting isolation to 5 full days ‘very helpful for sector’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s announcement about self-isolation for those with Covid-19 being able to end after five full days following two negative lateral flow tests has been welcomed by the trade as it could help ease staffing pressures.

Industry impact: rising gas prices has meant factories that produce CO2 as a by product closed (image: Getty/Edin)

Gov to step in to help solve CO2 crisis

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government has announced a temporary agreement with American-owned firm CF Fertilisers in a bid to help ensure a continued supply of CO2 to UK businesses.

Plan impact: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls warned that hospitality venues are in a fragile state

Industry warns of devastating impact of ‘plan B’

By Michelle Perrett

The Government’s has been warned that plans to hold vaccine passports in reserve while revealing it in its ‘Plan B’ Winter Covid plan that compulsory face masks and ‘last resort’ lockdowns could be implemented could have a drastic impact on the pub and...

Industry reaction: UKH boss Kate Nicholls (left) and BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin welcomed the change but warned about the impact of the 'pingdemic' on the trade

NHS app change ‘not a silver bullet’

By Nikkie Thatcher

A software update to the NHS Covid app, meaning it will notify fewer contacts from a Covid positive case has been cautiously welcomed by trade bodies.

Trade-wide issue: all firms across the industry are suffering from the staff recruitment crisis (image: Getty/sasar)

All hospitality firms looking for workers

By Nikkie Thatcher

Every business in the hospitality sector has job roles to be filled currently, an industry-wide survey has revealed, with recruitment for front-of-house staff at the fore.

Number crunching: the British Beer & Pub Association predicts more than 7m pints will be sold during the England v Italy game this weekend (image: Getty/Jonathan Knowles)

Pubs to lose out on £9m during England v Italy

By Nikkie Thatcher

While 7.1m extra pints are expected to be bought on during Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2020 final on Sunday (11 July), due to ongoing restrictions, the trade will miss out on £9m in beer sales, it has been predicted.

Tech change: many businesses introduced order-at-table apps amid the pandemic

Time at the bar?

By David Hillier

The scrum at the bar is as much a British rite of passage for the cash-waving customer as it is for the freshly trained recruit charged with marshalling a four-deep crowd.

Drinks poured: some 3m pints of beer are expected to be served on the first day pubs can reopen inside (image: Getty/Wasan Tita)

45,000 pubs expected to reopen for indoor service

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 45,000 pubs are estimated to reopen to trade inside from Monday 17 May, serving 3m pints, leaving 2,000 unable to open their doors due to limited space, one trade body has predicted.

Government briefing: the PM is expected to confirm inside service will be permitted from next Monday (17 May) at a press conference later today (image: Getty/Leonid Andronov)

Trade awaits PM announcement about inside service

By Nikkie Thatcher

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the next stage of relaxation of coronavirus restrictions including allowing pubs to reopen indoors, later today (Monday 10 May).

Trade data: the statistics found 9,930 sites permanently closed last year with 3,955 opening for the first time

2020 cost trade 6,000 licensed venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The UK lost in the region of 6,000 licensed premises in 2020 - almost three times the number closed in 2019, new figures have revealed.

Number increase: 2,500 pubs closing is more than double the number of venues shutting their doors than in previous years

Estimated 2,500 pubs lost in 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

More than 2,000 pubs have been lost this year, over double the number in previous years, it has been estimated.

Trade impact: excluding hospitality businesses from the 'Christmas bubble' plan demonstrates 'muddled thinking and will cause the sector yet more harm,' UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls said

Christmas bubble plan ‘makes mockery’ of trade

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s proposed plans to ease restrictions and allow people to form a “Christmas bubble” makes a mockery of the additional measures on pubs, one trade body has stated.