Energy Costs

OFGEM letter: energy regulator finds areas of significant concern (Credit: Getty/	simarik)

Ofgem finds areas of 'significant concern' in business contracts

By Rebecca Weller

Non-compliant energy suppliers must be “held accountable” by the Government and work with businesses to find “pragmatic solutions” to inflated contracts following Ofgem’s letter to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt yesterday (Tuesday 14 March).

Inflated contracts: Government needs to step in and tell energy suppliers to

Firms ‘duped’ into signing ‘inflated’ energy contracts

By Rebecca Weller

The Government needs to tell energy suppliers to “stop being greedy” and allow businesses to renegotiate contracts after being “duped” into agreeing to “inflated” prices, according to one West Yorkshire-based operator.

Profiteering: operator claims energy suppliers are using pubs as piggy banks (Credit:Getty/Nicholas Murrall)

Energy suppliers 'profiteering' from pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Energy suppliers are using the hospitality industry as “piggy banks” and “profiteering” from the ongoing energy crisis, according to one Chester-based operator.

Smarter way of operating: many pubs opting to host 'blackout' nights as energy costs soar and consumers look for quirky experiences (Credit: Getty/10'000 Hours)

Pubs opting to host 'blackout' nights

By Rebecca Weller

A number of pubs across the country have started hosting ‘blackout’ nights in response to the energy crisis and consumer demands for “quirky” experiences when visiting the on-trade.

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

Energy Relief Scheme: discount to be applied directly onto bills (Credit: Getty/Constantine Johnny)

How pubs can access Energy Relief Scheme

By Rebecca Weller

With support for businesses in tackling energy costs announced earlier this week, the Morning Advertiser has broken down exactly what this means for pubs and how to access the Energy Relief Scheme, as well as a handy calculator to estimate how much you...

Unprecedented: Energy Relief Scheme announced to help cut businesses energy bills (Credit: Getty/bernie_photo)

Pubs to receive 'unprecedented' energy discount

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs will receive an “unprecedented” energy discount under a new Government proposal outlined on Wednesday (21 September) by business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, as part of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme to help cut costs for businesses.

No cash reserves left: pubs need immediate support amid soaring energy costs (Credit: Getty/South_agency)

Wait for Gov support 'heart-breaking' for pubs

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality businesses are “vital community assets” but face “real danger” of not surviving the winter without Government support amid soaring energy costs, according to one Wirral based operator.

Right time: Leeds pub forced to close kitchen amid soaring energy costs (Credit:Getty/Lebazele)

Pub forced to close kitchen due to energy costs

By Rebecca Weller

A Leeds-based pub has been forced into "tough decision" to make chef redundant and close its kitchen in an effort to “save the rest of the pub” due to rocketing energy costs.

Catastrophic position: Sacha Lord (pictured) requests urgent meeting with Chancellor as soaring energy costs predicted to see more than 600,000 job losses across the sector

Energy crisis could see 600,000 jobs lost

By Rebecca Weller

Night-Time Economy Advisor for Manchester, Sacha Lord, has requested an urgent meeting with Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi MP as energy bills put sector's livelhood in “catastrophic position”.

'Ludicrous' energy quotes: chef Tom Kerridge (pictured) warns hospitality businesses may be forced to

Kerridge warns sector could "mothball"

By Rebecca Weller

Many hospitality businesses have considered closing during the winter months following “ludicrous” energy quotes, chef and business owner Tom Kerridge has said.

Energy crisis: current climate could bring more businesses to the point of failure than the pandemic the NTIA has stated (Credit: Getty/Maki Nakamura)

Night-time economy at risk of 'collapsing'

By Rebecca Weller

The UK’s night-time economy is at risk of collapsing in the coming months amid soaring energy costs, the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has stated.

Only going to get worse: leaders from across the sector urge Gov to support industry before it's too late as energy costs continue to soar (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Sector left to face energy crisis 'alone'

By Rebecca Weller

Leaders from across the sector have signed an open letter to the Government warning SMEs will close and jobs lost if immediate action isn’t taken on "unsustainable" energy bills for businesses.

Too much to bear: SLTA managing director Colin Wilkinson (pictured) has called for urgent help from Gov to help sector through winter

Energy costs bring sector to 'tipping point'

By Rebecca Weller

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has called for an energy cap for businesses and urgent help from the Government to support the sector through the winter as energy costs continue to soar.

Signal of more pain to come: energy regulator OFGEM confirms 80% increase to household energy price cap (Credit: Getty/J J D)

'Lights off' warning amid 'devastating' energy hike

By Rebecca Weller

An energy price cap hike has been described as “devastating” for the sector with many businesses at risk of facing “lights off” as consumers look to spend less in the on-trade.

Death by a thousand cuts: as costs continue to rise pubs have been left with no breathing space following Covid and face a tough year (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Hospitality sector entering 'catastrophic period'

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have had no breathing time following the pandemic as rising costs pose multiple challenges for operators who have survived by “the skin of their teeth” with the potential for a "catastrophic" and "very tough" year ahead, according...

Truly punishing: 38% of operators cut trading hours to combat skyrocketing energy price increases (Credit: Getty/hit003)

Almost 40% of operators cut trading hours to combat rising costs

By Rebecca Weller

Almost two fifths of operators have been forced to cut trading hours to combat cost increases across the board, according to a poll conducted by trade organisations UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the British Beer and Pub Association...

Hospitality businesses see 150% increase in energy cost: some suppliers now refusing contracts to businesses in the sector (Credit: Getty/John Lamb)

150% hike in pubs’ energy bills

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality businesses across the UK have seen energy bills rise by 150% or more when compared to pre-pandemic levels, equivalent to an £800m additional cost to the sector, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

How can operators save money on energy bills? (Credit: Getty/PM Images)

How can pubs save money on energy bills?

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs could see a 56% increase on energy bills following last week’s announcement from energy regulator Ofgem, however, some simple changes could save licensees money in just a few months.

Couldn't believe her eyes: Licensee sees electricity bill rocket by 118%  (Credit: Gety/peepo)

Licensee sees energy bill rise by 118%

By Rebecca Weller

Licensee sees electricity bill soar to more than double, going from an average of £2,700 per month last year to £5,900 in December 2021.