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).

Licensing hub: Can I refuse service to someone suspected of purchasing alcohol for a minor? (Credit: Getty/ Peter Cade / Pictured: Jonathan Smith)


Legal Q&A: adults purchasing alcohol for minors in pubs

By Jonathan Smith, partner, Poppleston Allen

This week’s column from licensing firm Poppleston Allen advises operators how to proceed in situations involving customers over the age of 18 attempting to purchase alcohol in pubs for patrons that are under 18.

Party's over: Johnson 'deliberately misled' Parliament (Credit: Andrew Parsons/ No 10 Downing Street via Flickr)

Boris Partygate findings ‘devastating news’ for hospitality

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A new report revealing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliberately misled parliament over 10 Downing Street parties is “devastating news” for hospitality, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 62

The Lock In Podcast

Wasp wrangling and other tips for summer success

By Ed Bedington

Wasps can ruin many a pub garden experience, but how best to handle them? The Lock In team tackled the perennial pests and other top tips on making the most of summer trade.

Next steps: SLTA MD Colin Wilkinson says more questions have been thrown up by the delay of the DRS

DRS ‘reduced to a tardy political battle’ says SLTA

By Gary Lloyd

The SLTA (Scottish Licensed Trade Association) has welcomed the news Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will be delayed until at least October 2025 but warned politics must be left out of it in future.

Report findings: 'It’s encouraging to see overall tenant satisfaction is in line with last year’s survey, despite the increasingly challenging and demanding market conditions that continue to plague the industry,' says PCA Fiona Dickie

Marston’s stands out on tenant satisfaction

By Ed Bedington

Tenant satisfaction with their pubcos remained unchanged from last year, according to a recent survey by the pubs code adjudicator (PCA), with Marston’s and Greene King notable exceptions.

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Are licensees responsible for drink-driving customers?

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

Legal expert Poppleston Allen looks at the responsibility of blame when it comes to drink-driving and on-trade operators.

Joint submission made: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin is ‘pleased to provide evidence’ to help fill jobs in hospitality

BBPA and BII push Gov to fill pubs vacancies

By Gary Lloyd

Chefs from overseas must be included on the Government’s Shortage Occupation List, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Government proposal: the High Street Rental Auction scheme would permit councils to auction the rental rights of commercial high street properties vacant for more than 12 months in a 24 month period  (image: Getty/Marilyn Nieves)

MPs join pub protection calls

By Nikkie Thatcher

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs (Pubs APPG) has asked the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee to look at the impact the Government’s proposals for High Street Rental Auctions will have.

Operator opinion: Dom Hope-Smith is the director and co-founder of Carnival Brewing Company in Liverpool shares his views on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's comments about cheaper beer prices (image: Colin Lane)


Sunak’s smoke and mirrors won’t bring down the cost of a pint

By Dom Hope-Smith, director and co-founder, Carnival Brewing Company

During a recent trip to Japan on his way to the G7 summit, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gave a press interview in which he was quoted as saying: “We reformed the alcohol duties that mean this summer you will be able to get cheaper beer in pubs. These are...

Gambling rules: the proposed changes are subject to consultation (image: Getty/RobinsonBecquart)


High Stake Gambling reform – A gamble not worth taking

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

On 27 April 2023, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published its Gambling White Paper, aimed at tackling gambling reform for the digital age. The proposed reforms vary from increased ‘know your customer checks’ to extra powers for...

Planning rights issue: CAMRA has warned many pubs could be lost for good (credit: getty/onfilm)

CAMRA calls on Gov to save high street pubs

By Gary Lloyd

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) believes the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ bill could put the future of thousands of pubs at risk and has called for their planning rights to be protected.

Banning alcohol at work events

Perspective needed on work parties

By Ed Bedington

If things can’t get much worse for the pub sector, the fun-police are now out trying to ban drinking at work parties.

Legal progression: the draft bill will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny (image: Getty/JLGutierrez)

How will Martyn’s Law impact pubs?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With the draft legislation for Martyn’s Law being published, The Morning Advertiser has looked at how the bill will affect operators.

Safe and responsible gambling: new white paper showed positive steps towards fairness (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Gambling White Paper shows 'positive steps'

By Rebecca Weller

The white paper on gambling provides an “opportunity to improve” protection in pubs and demonstrated “positive steps” towards “fairness”, trade bodies from across the sector have stated.

Special weekend: Jonathan Smith (right) expects pubs to be allowed to trade until 1am so long as their current hours go up to 11pm at least (credit: Getty/Alessandro Biascioli)


Extended hours for the King’s coronation weekend

By Jonathan Smith, managing partner, Poppleston Allen

In 1952, the last time we enjoyed a good old knees up at a coronation, the sale of alcohol was governed by the Licensing Act 1921, pubs were faced with many of the restrictions that had applied during the First World War, such as the afternoon break and...

Safety first: new legislation for taxi drivers has gone live (credit: Getty/Mike Harrington)

NTIA welcomes stringent taxi legislation

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has welcomed toughened taxi licensing legislation that will help ensure hospitality staff and customers are safer while travelling at night.

Amendments to DRS: pubs will not have to also be a return point for recycling under new rule changes (credit: Getty/cagkansayin)

Pubs to benefit from amendments to DRS

By Gary Lloyd

Changes to the proposed Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland that are set to benefit pubs and craft drinks producers have been welcomed by the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA).

End of legal battle: Star Pubs & Bars and the pubs code adjudicator have settled their High Court case

Star to pay £1.25m settlement over pubs code breaches

By Gary Lloyd

Star Pubs & Bars has agreed to pay £1.25m to end a High Court litigation with the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) that began in 2019 after an investigation was launched into the pubco breaching the pubs code.