Business predictions: experts from across the sector look into the crystal ball to see what the year ahead has in store

What can we expect from the pub trade in 2020?

By Nikkie Thatcher

This year has seen a host of mergers and acquisitions plus the intrusion of Brexit and a general election yet trade professionals are hopeful 2020 will bring more certainty.

Coming together: the merger of Tesco and Booker was first announced in January 2017

Booker reports sales rise

By Nikkie Sutton

Food wholesaler Booker has announced that its total sales rose by 3.4% in the last quarter of 2017, with like-for-like sales up by 3.8%.

Positive measures: the ALMR has welcomed Sadiq Khan's business rates proposals

ALMR welcomes proposals to reform business rates

By Georgina Townshend

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has embraced business rates reform schemes from both the Scottish Finance Minister and the London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Marcus Jones: Pace is

Minister puts pressure on local authorities over rate relief

By Michelle Perrett

Local authorities have come under pressure to provide rate relief to pubs after the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Communities and Local Government and ex-pubs minister Marcus Jones said the pace had “not been acceptable”.