Budget offers puns but no support


Sadly, it's not a joke Mr Hunt

By Ed Bedington

“British ale is warm, but the duty on a pint is frozen” were the words uttered by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and the flippancy of his remark sums up the level of care this Government appears to have for the hospitality sector.

What's in the new 14 October?

Review of the Week

‘We need someone who’s going to get in there quickly’

By Ed Bedington

As the Government starts to implode, the MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Night Time Industries Association's Michael Kill to get his take on the sacking of the Chancellor and other industry issues

What's in the news 25 March

The MA's Review of the Week

'Deaf ear at the heart of Government'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with UK Hospitality's Kate Nicholls to discuss the week's big developments including the disappointment of the Spring Statement and the challenges facing the sector down the line.

What's in the news 17 December

The MA's Review of the Week

'The least Mad Friday we've had for years...'

By Ed Bedington

With Christmas looming, The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington caught up with Revolution Bars CEO Rob Pitcher to get his take on the headlines of the week, from the lack of support from Rishi, through to the "over-reaction" in Wales which...

Estimated cost: real estate adviser Altus Group worked out the business rates holiday for this financial year amounted to more than £10bn

Treasury signals rates relief

By Nikkie Thatcher

Councils have been urged not to issue business rates bills ahead of the new financial year on 1 April, until after the Budget on 3 March.

Hit hard: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to do more to help hospitality after it has suffered mass job losses amid the coronavirus pandemic (image: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street on Flickr)

Chancellor implored to act to save pub jobs

By Emily Hawkins

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been pressed to extend vital support for hospitality, after figures reveal the sector as the hardest hit by job losses once more.

Job plan: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was announced by the Chancellor at the beginning of the pandemic in the UK last year

What you need to know about furlough

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Morning Advertiser takes a look at what operators need to know about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme amid the third national lockdown.

More time: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the extension of the furlough scheme

Furlough extended to end of April 2021

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended by a further month to the end of April 2021, the Chancellor has announced.

How will grants, self-employed help and new job scheme impact pubs?

Sunak’s support ‘welcome but still a long way to go’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s latest financial aid announcement including cash grants, extended support for the self-employed and changes to the Job Support Scheme has been met with trepidation from trade bodies.

Aid needed: The MA editor Ed Bedington calls on the Government to 'wake up to the fact that it’s targeted the hospitality sector way beyond the grounds of reasonability'


Not good enough Mr Sunak

By Ed Bedington

And so the much awaited Government support has been announced and greeted with not so much a cheer as more of a whimper from an industry that is crying out for help.

Looking ahead: Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be unveiling plans to protect jobs through the colder months later today (Thursday 24 September)

Chancellor to announce plan to protect jobs today

By Nikkie Thatcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is expected to reveal the Government’s plan to protect jobs during winter later today (Thursday 24 September) amid reports the Autumn Budget has been cancelled.

Government aid: further income support for the self-employed will be available from August


Self-employed income support scheme to be extended

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended with applications opening in August for a second and final grant, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced today (29 May).

Tax freeze: the news will bring some relief to the industry, which had been campaigning for a cut in duty

Autumn Budget 2017

Beer duty frozen by Chancellor in Autumn Budget

By James Beeson

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced a freeze in beer duty in his Autumn Budget, unveiled in Parliament yesterday (22 November).

Epicentre: the capital boasts a fifth of the total number of distilleries in the whole of England

London re-established as gin capital of the UK

By James Beeson

London is now home to 24 gin distilleries - more than existed in the whole of the England in 2010 – according to new statistics revealed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Gin doom? WSTA issues warning ahead of Budget

Gin boom could be ruined by tax increase

By Nicholas Robinson

A horrendous tax bill could choke the dramatic growth of the British gin industry if the Chancellor does not freeze duty on spirits, according to the drinks trade in a desperate plea to the Government.

Too high: tax on the UK wine sector is worrying producers

English wine threatened by increased duty

By Nicholas Robinson

English sparkling wine producers may be put under unnecessary pressure if Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond implements proposals to raise tax on the sector.

Why is wine the alcohol industry's forgotten sibling?

Why is wine the alcohol industry's forgotten sibling?

By Dan Townsend

While the rest of the UK was reverberating to the news of Chancellor George Osbourne’s decision to impose a levy on sugary soft drinks in last month’s Budget, the wine industry was again getting used to another year of being the alcohol industry’s forgotten...

Licensees 'distraught' after extra tax burden is revealed

Autumn statement

Licensees 'distraught' after extra tax burden is revealed

By Oli Gross

Licensees have reacted angrily to the news that three quarters of pubs will have to stomach an extra £1,500 a year tax burden, which could be the tipping point “between life and death” for many businesses.

Caution over business rates revise

Caution over business rates revise

By Emily Sutherland

The trade has given George Osborne’s shake-up of business rates a cautious welcome, despite some fears that squeezed councils will use pubs as ‘cash cows’ to generate extra income.

Andrew Griffiths:

Cheers to George and this pro-pub Government

By Andrew Griifiths

George Osborne – the beer drinker’s champion. True, not the first thought that might have gone through your mind on the day the Chancellor set foot into Number 11 four years ago. Yet after the Budget last week, I do not think it an exaggeration to say...

Budget 2014: Reaction to George Osborne's beer duty cut

Budget 2014: Reaction from the pub trade

By James Wallin

Trade leaders and bodies have been responding to George Osborne's budget, in which he announced a 1p a pint cut in beer duty for the second year running.

Political intervention brings little support

Political intervention brings little support

By David Elliott

Enjoying a pint with some mates in my local last week, we reflected on the staple diet of bar chat: sex, religion and politics. Leaving the first two aside, I considered the political intervention/ interference the pub industry has endured over the past...

Osborne: accused of tax war against pubs

Pub leaders warn Chancellor over Budget

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Over 30 leading brewing and pub company executives have signed a letter to the Chancellor George Osborne demanding that he reconsider the tax...