WSTA chief executive Miles Beale

Q&A: WSTA chief executive Miles Beale

By Mike Berry

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, answers questions on the importance of spirits to the on-trade, taxation and future challenges for the category, ahead of his keynote speech at the PMA's new Spirits Summit.

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Demand for fair business rates

By Ellie Bothwell

Last week, more than 100 companies, including leading firms in the pub trade, signed an open letter calling for an overhaul of the business rates system. They labelled the tax as a “critical problem” that is “no longer fit for the 21st century”. Ahead...

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Pubs matter - but enough to change planning laws?

By Mike Berry

Amid the silly hats, Royal and rock star appearances and general beery buzz of the Great British Beer Festival, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) launched an important new campaign that could have a significant impact on the future of many pubs across...

Charlotte Leslie MP said permitted development rights are leaving pubs vulnerable to demolition or change of use

Parliamentary motion calls for Government to amend pub development laws

By Ellie Bothwell

Charlotte Leslie MP, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, has tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling for the Government to amend development laws so any demolition or change of use involving the loss of a pub would require planning...

The programme will examine how the nation's drinking habits have changed

Supermarkets 'still sell beer cheaper than water'

By Ellie Bothwell

Supermarkets are still selling beer cheaper than water and the Government’s below-cost ban is “ineffective”, a Channel 4 Dispatches programme will report tonight.