George Osborne

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.

What impact have tax cuts had on beer sales?

BBPA data

What impact have tax cuts had on beer sales?

By Oli Gross

Despite yet another drop in on-trade beer sales, there is cause for optimism as the 1.2% dip in Q3 is the smallest in two years for any quarter.

The Drop the Duty campaign is calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty

CAMPAIGN Q&A

Q&A: ALMR and BII on supporting Drop the Duty campaign

By Mike Berry

The Drop the Duty campaign is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to cut alcohol duty by 2% in the forthcoming Budget. The campaign has recently been supported by both the Association of Licensed Retailers and British Institute of Innkeeping. Here we...

The letter to George Osborne has been signed by 24 members of the Alcohol Health Alliance

Health groups urge Osborne to keep duty escalator

By John Harrington

An umbrella group representing health alcohol campaigners has written to Chancellor George Osborne urging him to resist industry calls to abandon the alcohol duty escalator.

Top pub trade news 2013

Top 10 most popular stories of 2013

By Mike Berry

This year has been a busy one for the pub trade and the Publican's Morning Advertiser website has brought you all the news every step of the way. Here are the top 10 most popular online stories of 2013.

MP Andrew Griffiths casts doubt over 5% VAT campaign

Andrew Griffiths MP casts fresh doubt over 5% VAT campaign

By Michelle Perrett

With just weeks to go until Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, fresh doubts have been cast over the effectiveness of the VAT Club and its prospects of securing a tax reduction for the hospitality sector in next year’s Budget.

Willock:

Perhaps the VAT campaign needs to look longer-term

By Rob Willock

At a recent industry dinner reception, Andrew Griffiths MP introduced me to the Chancellor George Osborne. It was a bit like a wedding party receiving line, so there was very little time for me to influence him with my thoughts on how the Government could...

Berry:

Newcastle's late-night levy decision stinks of short-termism

By Mike Berry

It was only a matter of time. Newcastle City Council has become the first local authority to cross the Rubicon and introduce a late-night levy (LNL) — an additional tax that could have a significant impact on late-night bars, pubs and nightclubs in the...

Willock:

VAT campaign: Say it ain’t so, Andrew

By Rob Willock

Fresh from our successful crusade against the hated beer-duty escalator (I received my campaign medal from Hobgoblin last week), a confident pub industry can turn its collective attention to the next battleground.

Willock:

Pubco regulation: Are all bets off?

By Rob Willock

It almost seems apt that, on the weekend of the Grand National, the pubco regulation debate got caught up in Party Politics (winner, 1992).

Willock:

PMA Budget opinion: Credit where it's due

By Rob Willock

So, it’s finally been halted. Chancellor George Osborne has hit the ‘emergency stop’ button on the hated beer duty escalator – something that was going nowhere except to the ruination of Britain’s brewing and pub industries.

Cider duty rise will have

Cider duty rise will have "serious consequences"

By Noli Dinkovski

Any government duty hike at next month’s budget will have “disproportionate and serious consequences” on the cider industry, a leading cider group chairman has claimed.

Cider duty cut to be passed on to customers

Heineken will pass on cider duty cuts

By Gemma McKenna

Drinks giant Heineken, which owns cider brands Bulmers and Strongbow, will pass the 8% reduction in cider duty on in full to customers. Chancellor...

Budget: date set for 22 June

Budget set for 22 June

By Gemma McKenna

The new Government will hold its first Budget on 22 June, chancellor George Osborne announced this morning. Pubs will be fearful of the rumoured...