Greater Manchester

City economies: night time economy adviser for Bristol, Carly Heath, night czar for London, Amy Lamé and night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, wrote to Rishi Sunak together. (image: Alena Kravchenko / Getty)

Cities’ night czars call for more support

By Emily Hawkins

Night-time economy advisers in Bristol, London and Greater Manchester have written to the Chancellor urging for more support in an “unprecedented period of restrictions.”

Staff shortage: the recruitment crisis in the trade has meant wages have risen (image: Getty/Volha Shakhava)

Wages driven up by staff shortages


The average wages of pub and restaurant workers have risen by as much as 14%, driven by a shortage of staff in the hospitality sector.

Shut us down: publicans in areas with household mixing bans have pleaded for the Government to issue more support (image: Roger Kidd, Geograph)

Pubs in second tier 'better off closed'

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs in the second tier of coronavirus measures have said they would be “better off” closed as they brace for slumped trading with a household mixing ban.

Legal action: the judicial review is led by Sacha Lord and supported by a number of businesses in the trade

Legal bid against local lockdown launched

By Nikkie Thatcher

Night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has initiated legal proceedings to challenge a reported Government lockdown of hospitality venues in the north.

Furlough boost: Bolton publicans have said they face tough decisions about the future of their businesses (image: JThomas, Geograph)

Bolton businesses should not be 'worse off'

By Emily Hawkins

Publicans and Bolton Council have called for an extension of the existing furlough scheme after a localised shutdown of hospitality was ordered in the town.

Support needed: pub businesses closed in local lockdowns should receive support with rent, debt and other costs, sector voices have said (image: JThomas, Geograph)

Industry calls for Bolton pub support package

By Emily Hawkins

A number of pub sector trade bodies have called on the Government to issue financial support for venues in Bolton following the forced closure of its hospitality businesses.

'Call the cavalry': police sent to deal with 40-man fight

40-man brawl breaks out at Star pub

By Georgina Townshend

Staff at a Star Pubs & Bars site in Greater Manchester were forced to call the police when a fight broke out between 40 people who “refused to leave the pub”.

Captive audience: CPL Training boss Daniel Davies set the Liverpool scene for MA500 delegates

MA500: hitting the Mersey

By Nikkie Sutton

The latest MA500 business club saw the sights and sites of Liverpool and heard from operators inside and outside of the trade before pounding the streets for a study tour.

Manchester and Greater Manchester pub industry focus

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Regional focus on... Manchester

By Liam Coleman

Our regional focus on the pub property market in Manchester takes a look at the best licensed premises available both in the city centre and wider Greater Manchester.

Thwaites: to refurbish 14 pubs

Thwaites to refurbish 14 pubs

By Gurjit Degun

Lancashire-based brewery Daniel Thwaites is set to begin a four-month project to refurbish 14 of its pubs. It has appointed north-west architect...

Gerard Ford & Philip Ainsworth: tenants of the year

Millstone is top JW Lees tenanted pub

By Adam Pescod

A Manchester licensee has credited "good standards" after he was named Tenant of the Year at JW Lees' Pub of the Year awards on 7 June. Gerard Ford,...

Riemenschneider: relaunched the Highwayman

Thwaites pub goes to Swiss chef

By The PMA Team

Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider has taken over a Thwaites-owned pub in Cheshire and relaunched it as a restaurant under the same name.