Health And Safety

Driving change: The mayors of the North and West Midlands discuss the night-time economy (Credit: Elspeth Moore)

Mayors of the North call for VAT cut

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Mayors of the North united to call for an industry-wide VAT cut in the Spring Budget at the Night Time Economy Summit last week.

Mouse trap: operators have been urged to be robust in their attitude to food safety to avoid potential issues around rodents (image: Getty/Andyworks)


Mice on the move

By Graeme Cushion, partner, Poppleston Allen

While I do not profess to be any kind of expert on the behaviour of rodents, I have heard anecdotally that the various lockdowns which we have all experienced may have had a knock-on effect on the rodent population as well.

Advice provided: questions around refurbishments and bingo are answered (image: Getty/IvanWuPI)


Q&A: notifying councils about refurbs and under 18s playing bingo

By Imogen Moss, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Poppleston Allen answers questions about having to notify local authorities about changes to a property and looks at the rules around under 18s playing bingo.

Modernisation: NTIA's Michael Kill said the move was a 'significant milestone' (Getty/ Peter Kade)

NTIA welcomes modernisation of spiking laws

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has welcomed the Home Office’s announcement to modernise legislation around drink and needle spiking.

Legal experts: Poppleston Allen advises ways to mitigate falling foul of the law around children in pubs (image: Getty/lisegagne)


Top tips - children in pubs

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The busy Christmas trading period and families with children in pubs can increase risk of falling foul of the law around children in pubs

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Reminder of licensing law round children in pubs

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

During a recent episode of the Lock In podcast, Poppleston Allen's Suraj Desor outlined the legalities around children in pubs. Here he goes into more detail about the topic.

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Reminder to check your licence for Christmas trading

By Jonathan Smith, partner, Poppleston Allen

Be careful, it will not have escaped people’s notice that this year both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday.

City centre venue: G-A-Y Late is set to shut next month (image: Getty/MicroStockHub)

‘Iconic’ LGBTQ+ venue to shut

By Nikkie Thatcher

Owner of G-A-Y Late Jeremy Joseph has announced the closure of the Soho venue, citing a number of external pressures as the reasons why.

Fancy festivities: Poppleston Allen outlines advice on hosting events over the Christmas period (image: Getty/lavendertime)


Top tips for planning Christmas fetes and events

By David Inzani, partner, Poppleston Allen

As the holiday season approaches, licensees are no doubt gearing up to make the most of the boost in trade that the festive season can bring. Here are some top tips on licensing matters that we are commonly asked about at this time:

Left in the dark: pubs in Surrey forced to close amid water supply issues (Credit: Getty/rustemgurler)

Water supply issues force Surrey pub to close

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs in Surrey were left without water on the “busiest day” of the week, potentially costing firms “thousands”, with much of the area still “left in the dark” about when their supply will return, one operator told The Morning Advertiser.

Poll results: 68% of operators allow non-paying guests to use the toilet (Credit: Getty/Adam Gault)

68% of pubs allow non-paying guests to use toilets

By Rebecca Weller

The majority of pubs allow non-paying guests to use their toilet but urge customers to ask permission first and consider charity donations in lieu of a purchase, adding hospitality venues are “public houses not public conveniences”.

Extreme weather: pubs lose stock and are forced to close due heavy rain and flooding (Credit: Getty/onfilm)

Pubs forced to close due to flooding

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs across the country have lost thousands of pounds worth of trade and stock due to heavy rain and flooding – with one site even welcoming some fishy guests.

Listen up: Late-night sector rallies to protect hearing health (Credit: Getty/ XiXinXing)

NTIA campaign champions hearing health

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is aiming to publish free training for nightclubs on hearing health as part of the ‘Listen for Life’ campaign launched last week.

Advice given: Poppleston Allen highlights how to help ensure no nuisance is caused to residents (image: Getty/MoMorad)


Q&A: Mitigating the risk of noise complaints

By Carl Weston, head of marketing and partner (non-solicitor), Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A, legal experts Poppleston Allen advise how best to mitigate the risk of noise complaints.

Look back: A timeline of events since the Crooked House burned down

The Crooked House tragedy: as it happened

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The burning down of Britain’s wonkiest pub, the Crooked House, last month, sparked national outrage. Investigations are ongoing, and several people have been arrested under suspicion of arson. We take a look back at events to see how the tragedy unfolded.

Help is at hand: some four out of five hospitality workers suffers at least one mental issue issue says Kris Hall of The Burnt Chef Project

FEATURE - The Burnt Chef Project

FEATURE: Suicide prevention training launched by Burnt Chef

By Gary Lloyd

As The Burnt Chef Project launches two new suicide prevention training programmes, founder and CEO Kris Hall has reiterated the need for people to talk about mental health issues to help thwart the rise of tragic deaths.

Crucial to the area: many businesses suffered huge losses after Brixton Academy closed in December 2022 (credit: Getty/400tmax)

Brixton Academy to reopen under stringent conditions

By Gary Lloyd

A collaborative effort to reopen Brixton Academy has been hailed as key in the decision to allow the famous music venue to open its doors again, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

NTIA backs Government report: the UK must catch up with drug testing policies across Europe (credit: Getty/Flashpop)

NTIA backs call to modernise UK drugs policy

By Gary Lloyd

The late-night sector must come together to enhance drug testing across nightlife businesses because the Government’s policy on drugs needs “urgent modernisation”.

Lessons to be learned: reverse mentoring allows business leaders to gain a view from the likes of general managers (credit: Getty/Srdjanns74)

Reverse mentoring scheme expanded at Greene King

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King has expanded its reverse mentoring scheme following great success as senior leaders learn from more hands-on employees.

Stark reminder: private security sector faces huge challenges amid ongoing reforms (Credit:Getty/somboon kaeoboonsong)

Private security sector faces 'huge challenges'

By Rebecca Weller

The private security sector faces some “huge challenges” over the coming years with a “huge amount” of work to be done by regulators and the Government, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Pub blaze: police previously revealed the fire was being treated as arson (image: Getty/georgeclerk)

Police attend protest at Crooked House site

By Nikkie Thatcher

Police officers were in attendance at the former site of the Crooked House in Himley, Staffordshire this week after receiving reports a group of protesters were there.

What are the dos and don'ts of recycling?


Dos and don’ts of recycling

By Nikkie Thatcher

Separating waste is just one way in which operators can recycle better, helping to reduce the need for landfill and saving energy, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

To vape or not to vape? We want to know your pub's stance on e-cigs

POLL: Do you permit vaping in your pub?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Local councils have urged the Government to crackdown on the marketing of vapes, with the number of British adults using the products reaching record heights last year.

Licensing rules: Poppleston Allen outlines the law on dealing with drunk customers (image: Getty/Roy Mehta)


Top tips: How to manage drunk customers in your premises this summer.

By Elizabeth Varley, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

As we edge towards the height of British summer, operators up and down the country are likely to be faced with additional customers looking to kick back and relax with a drink (or two) in their premises.

Consideration advice: Poppleston Allen highlights the importance of keep neighbours in mind when using outside areas (image: Getty/Naige Schulte)


Top tips on use of beer gardens and outside areas

By Natasha Beck, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

It would seem that we are not getting the typical two weeks of British summertime this year and it is looking like the nice weather is here to stay for a while. If this is the case then you will no doubt be looking to maximise the use of any outside space...

Information outlined: Poppleston Allen lays out the legal stance when it comes to displaying drinks prices (image: Getty/Push)

Legalities around displaying drinks prices

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The law on displaying prices for alcoholic drinks was changed some years ago with the introduction of The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

Fear of terrorism threats voiced by NTIA and UKDSA

Fears over legislation void ‘risks threat of terrorism’

By Gary Lloyd

A refusal by the Government to implement legislation for security businesses is putting the sector at risk from terrorist threats, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and the UK Door Security Association (UKDSA).

Tuck in: JDW, which is chaired by Tim Martin, has scored impressively high across the UK for its food hygiene

JDW food rating score almost perfect

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has scored an average rating of 4.99 out of 5 in the latest food hygiene rating league for its 763 pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Advice issued: Poppleston Allen outlines top tips on summer trading (image: Getty/ICHIRO)


10 top tips for a successful summer

By Joe Harvey, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With a recent spate of, dare I say it, reasonable weather, one cannot help but start getting a little excited about summer.