British Institute Of Innkeeping

In it to win it: the BII LOYA quarter finalists have been named

BII Licensee of the Year 2024 quarter-finalists named

By Gary Lloyd

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced its quarter-finalists list for this year’s Licensee of the Year Award (LOYA) – and 53 pub operators are vying are for the title.

Business research: a survey from sector trade bodies showed a quarter of businesses are out of cash reserves (image: Getty/claudiodivizia)

1 in 4 firms out of cash

By Nikkie Thatcher

A quarter of businesses have no cash reserves left while less than a third (29%) have under three months’ left, new research has shown.

Call on Government: BII CEO Steve Alton (left) with The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington

BII demands Gov support for pubs in Budget

By Gary Lloyd

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has demanded Government investment in pubs in the upcoming Budget as more than six out of 10 pubs reported revenues losses or flat trade in 2023.

Sector showcase: the #MyPub campaign calls on operators to invite MPs to their sites to help illustrate their importance in communities

BII campaign calls for pubs to engage with MPs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators have been urged to write to their MPs and invite them to their pubs, in a bid to show the importance of the sector in communities as part of a new campaign.

Cream of the crop: Licensee of the Year award winners Joe Buckley and Flo Pearce (centre) with Damian Saunders of Sky (left) and the BII's Steve Alton (right)

2023 LOYA winners crowned

By Nikkie Thatcher

Joe Buckley and Flo Pearce from the Tollemache Arms in Harrington, Northampton have been named the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)’s 2023 Licensee of the Year.

Fundraising event: British Institute of Innkeeping chief executive Steve Alton is leading the UK edition of the charity cycle ride

50 sector leaders taking part in Pedalling 2 Pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Organisers of the Pedalling for Pubs charity bike ride have launched a UK edition to get more fundraisers involved and raise more money for the sector’s good causes.

Research reveals: a recent survey showed 16% of trade body members have no cash reserves (image: Getty/georgeclerk)

Warnings of thousands more closures without help

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of trade bodies have warned there will be further pub closures if the Government doesn’t step in to help businesses battle ‘devastating energy costs’.

Government announcement: Chancellor Hunt made his Autumn Statement in the House of Commons today (Thursday 17 November) (image: Getty/	Raylipscombe)

Autumn statement 2022

‘Energy prices crippling vital and viable businesses’

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of trade bodies have reacted to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which said there would be a “targeted approach” to help businesses with energy costs later in the year.

Industry research: some 35% of the more than 500 businesses surveyed are expecting to make a loss or be unviable in the next two months (image: Getty/imaginima)

1 in 3 firms at risk of going bust

By Nikkie Thatcher

More than one third of hospitality companies are at risk of business failure due to rocketing costs, a new survey has found.

Help needed: BII boss Steve Alton warns there will be 'huge business failure' if the Government doesn't intervene (image: Getty/Drazen_)

Pubs facing immediate survival threat

By Nikkie Thatcher

Government support is critical to safeguard the future of pubs and without it, the sector will see "huge business failure", according to one trade body, which has written to the Chancellor, demanding help.

Warning issued: 'Without support and investment needed from Government, we stand to lose something incredibly special and unique – our great British pubs,' says BII boss Steve Alton

BII unveils #notjustapub campaign

By Nikkie Thatcher

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has launched a campaign to call on pubs and their customers to write to MPs, repeating calls for Government support for the sector amid warnings of a threat to businesses' survival if the Government does...

Event announcement: the 2022 Licensee of the Year finalists have been divulged

LOTY 2022 finalists unveiled

By Nikkie Thatcher

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII)’s Licensee of the Year Award (LOTY) 2022 shortlist has been announced.

Industry recognition: NITAs now open for entries (Getty/ sturti)

2022 NITAs open for entires

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The National Innovation in Training Awards 2022 (NITAs) are now open for entries after being launched by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) today (Monday 10 January).

Trade issues: BII boss Steve Alton warned of the difficulties currently facing the sector

‘Viable businesses will be lost from communities’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government’s latest announcement including asking people to work from home to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant could mean viable businesses will be lost, one sector leader has said.

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.

Grant payments: some local authorities

BII pushes Government to simplify grant process

By Emily Hawkins

Members of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have reported varying experiences of local authorities paying out grant support, with one-in-seven still waiting for a single payment.

Reaching out: the letter outlines various measures that could help the pub trade

BII calls on Chancellor to safeguard pubs’ future

By Nikkie Thatcher

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak asking for further grants, extensions to both the full furlough and Bounce Back Loan schemes as well as a longer business rates holiday.

What is the BII doing to help pubs?

The sector is 'running out of time'

By Ed Bedington

The sector is running out of time and desperately needs clarity on reopening guidelines, according to the boss of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Castle Rock introduces licensee training course

Castle Rock introduces licensee training course

By Ruth Williams, M&C Report

Castle Rock, the Nottingham-based brewer and pub operator, is launching a licensee training course in Nottingham to train personal licensees in hospitality and alcohol retailing.