What's in the news 4 August?

Review of the Week

'Can't see it getting a lot better'

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Frisco Pubs boss and podcast legend Heath Ball to get his take on the week's news, from duty changes and utilities profits to the weather.

What's in the news 14 July

Review of the Week

‘It’s a bit of a war out there’

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Heartwood Collection chairman Mark Derry to discuss the week's news, from duty rates to recruitment and the need to be more upbeat.

Political delusions on cheap beer are damaging


Delusions of cheaper beer is beyond naive Prime Minister

By Ed Bedington

You have to wonder if politicians really believe the things they say because our Prime Minister’s recent comments about how one of the benefits of Brexit has been the delivery of cheaper beer does seem to fly in the face of reality.

Diageo md reflects on first year in job

Big Interview

The undercover boss

By Ed Bedington

There won’t be many captains of industry that look to stay close to the coalface, but for one top boss, playing an undercover role behind the bar is key to understanding his business.

What's in the news 17 March?

Review of the Week

‘Politics back to normal’

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls to get her take on the week's news, which has seen the Spring Budget announced, Ofgem's letter to Government and potential train strike breakthroughs.

What does the industry think of the 2021 Budget?

August budget 2021

Budget 2021: Industry reaction

By Ed Bedington

As the dust settles around Rishi Sunak's Budget, the industry is starting to pick apart the details of the pledges made, with mixed reactions. The Morning Advertiser spoke to a range of leading figures from the trade to get their thoughts on whether...

Industry threat: any plans to raise duty could impact alcohol sales

Booze sales could be damaged with duty freeze cut

By Nicholas Robinson

Scrapping the alcohol duty freeze put in place last year by Government is “counter-productive”, and will increase pressure on cash-strapped consumers, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned (WSTA).

How much? Government raking in record amounts on alcohol duty

Government making a mint from your booze sales

By Nicholas Robinson

The Treasury is continuing to make a mint from UK booze sales, despite a freeze on alcohol duty in November, showing the sector can remain fruitful without another hike.

Police: targeting illicit alcohol with HMRC

New warning on counterfeit sales

By John Harrington

Pubs have been given a fresh warning about the dangers of selling smuggled alcohol after 11 shops had their licences revoked or suspended en masse...

Beer: low strength beers will have duty cut

Duty down on low strength beers

By Ewan Turney

The Government is to increase duty on beers over 7.5% abv but will reduce duty on beers under 2.8% abv at the next budget in March. The Treasury...

Pring: surely some deal could be worked out with eager tenants

Give licensees a fair chance

By Andrew Pring

Punch shouldn't waste the time of those licensees who really are interested in buying, says Andrew Pring.

Custom-made cuts?

Custom-made cuts?

An EU ruling on hard-line tactics by UK Customs and Excise may prove to be a boost for the trade's campaign to reduce duty. By Michelle...

European union?

European union?

As the EU proposes harmonisation of duty levels, the difference between Britain and the continent grows ever larger. Jackie Annett reportsIt's a...