Councils are pushing for higher licensing fees

Councils push for higher licence fees

By John Harrington

Local councils are pushing for reform of alcohol licence fees in a way that could ratchet up costs for pubs. Town hall lobbyists say fees should...

Wigham: good advice

Good advice — why people don't use it

By Paul Wigham

I sat this week on the inaugural meeting of the BII Panel of Professional Advisors and it sparked debate on a number of issues, says Paul Wigham.

Pub food: cost rising

Cost of pub meals up 5.6%

By Lesley Foottit

The price of eating out at the pub is becoming more expensive — showing a 5.6% increase on last year — according to hospitality analysts...

Under-18s: rise in alcohol-related hospital admissions

Underage drinking costs NHS £19m a year

By Ewan Turney

Underage drinking, fuelled by the "ludicrously cheap price of alcohol" in supermarkets, is costing the National Health Service £19m a year. The...

Cheap supermarket beer: Government is considering options for action

Four price options to curb below cost sales

By Peter Cripps, The Grocer

The Government has put forward four options to ban below-cost selling of alcohol and is planning to take the proposals to a public consultation...

RPI increase is another burden for tied tenants

Pub tenants hit by 19-year RPI high

By Ewan Turney

Bad news for tied pubco tenants as the Retail Price Index reached a 19-year high in April — it will mean extra rent rises for some.

M&B: review details announced on 24 March

M&B to reveal review details next week

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Mitchells and Butlers (M&B), the embattled managed pub group, has revealed that it will release details of its latest strategic review next week.

Luminar: no upturn in recent trade

Luminar to cut costs

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Luminar, the embattled nightclub operator, is to start a rigorous cost reduction exercise after revealing it had seen no upturn in recent trading and...

Peter Gough: drives business at the George and Dragon

Bright ideas on a budget

By Sheila McWattie

Building your business doesn't always require ambitious plans and a massive outlay. Sheila McWattie investigates a few cheap, but well-targeted initiatives.

Hastings: report was based on a sound assessment of the evidence

BBPA: OFT's beer tie report was robust

By Ewan Turney

The Office of Fair Trading's original decision on the beer tie was "robust", according to the British Beer and Pub Association.

Age checking condition will cost pubs

Alcohol code will cost pubs £859

By Gemma McKenna

The mandatory code will cost £859 per pub in the first year — £613 more than original estimates. The Home Office estimates the total cost across...