Licensed Premises

Raise a glass: Licensing hours extended for Jubilee weekend in June (Getty/ CreativeDream)

Pubs can open for extra 2 hours on Jubilee weekend

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The licensing hours for pubs, bars and clubs will be extended for an extra two hours for three nights over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.

Closed for good: the research also found over 8,500 venues of Britain’s pre-Covid total have already shut permanently (image: Getty/amstockphoto)

25,000 licensed venues still to reopen

By Nikkie Thatcher

Just under a quarter (23.7%) of licensed premises in Britain have remained closed despite being permitted to reopen for indoor trading.

Rise: food branded pubs are on the up

Branded food pubs

Branded food pubs up 19% in past year

By James Wallin, MCA

The number of branded food pubs increased 19.1% in the year to September – equivalent to more than one new addition everyday - the latest Market Growth Monitor has claimed.

Can drunkenness be judged?


Can drunkenness be judged?

By Graeme Cushion & Lisa Sharkey, Poppleston Allen

The issue of drunkenness and licensed premises rarely strays far from the spotlight in the world of licensing.

Fire safety: There are a number of legal compliance issues


Legal advice: The risk of fire hazard rules

By Poppleston Allen

It goes without saying that there is a very large amount of regulatory compliance, which affects licensed premises. Fire safety is a such an area, which is very important, bearing in mind the tragic consequences that can flow from a failure to comply.

The Keys in Darlington increased its capacity by 10% after carrying out a new fire risk assessment

Only half of pubs compliant with fire safety regulations

By Ellie Bothwell

Pubs and clubs have been warned that they could be losing money through out-of-date fire assessments, after a Government report outlined that only half of licensed premises are complaint with the Fire Safety Order.

The council claims a ranking system would 'allow more effective control'

Manchester proposes ranking of 'problem' pubs

By Ellie Bothwell

Pubs in Manchester could be ranked on criteria such as the age of customers and the amount of seating — in a bid by local authorities to identify problem venues.

Some operators argue that good quality polycarbonate glasses are expensive

Top tips on pub glassware safety

By Poppleston Allen

Reports of glassing incidents inevitably lead the police, council authorities, judges and politicians calling for a nationwide ban on the use of glassware in licensed premises and promote the use of polycarbonate bottles and drinking vessels. These tips...

Fire safety: pubs in London are failing fire safety tests

Third of London pubs failing fire safety tests

By Gurjit Degun

More than a third of licensed premises in London have failed a fire safety audit over the past 12 months, according to a new report by fire expert Safety Management (UK).

Peter Coulson is concerned by the 'them and us' approach of new licensing measures

Tangled web of licensing law

By Peter Coulson

The tangled web of modern licensing law has reached a new level recently, if the consultation document on early morning restriction orders and the late-night levy is anything to go by.

'Anything goes': Peter Coulson thinks new Act could put more strain on licensed trade

The limits of responsibility

By Peter Coulson

There is really nothing new in licensing. I see that a great fuss is being made in certain circles about a recent case concerning noise from departing customers.

AWPs: use a respected supplier and check their operating licence

Pubs warned on illegal AWP machines

By MA Reporter

Pubs are being urged to double-check that they do not have any gaming machines that are operated illegally after a series of police seizures. The Gambling Commission seized evidence from nine licensed premises on 24 May.

Coulson: recommends a sense of perspective

Untangling a mandatory mess

By Peter Coulson

This week the House of Lords finally got around to examining the new mandatory conditions for licensed premises, says Peter Coulson. In my opinion,...

Closed: pub trade is finding it tough in Ireland, says survey

Irish pub trade in 'freefall'

By Ewan Turney

Over 1,500 pubs, clubs and restaurants have closed in Ireland over the past five years costing thousands of jobs, according to a new survey.

New guide to reduce violence at pubs

New guide to reduce violence at pubs

A new guide has been released to help reduce the risk of violence at licensed premises. The guide - Managing Safety in Bars, Pubs and Clubs - has...

Busy pubs and clubs could be terror target

Busy pubs and clubs could be terror target

By John Harrington

Crowded public places, such as licensed premises, are likely to be included in future terror attack plans, a terror expert has warned. Speaking at... ... ...

By Peter Coulson

Are painted signs binding? QI took over this pub after Christmas and have been struggling to retain staff. Recently, I had a visit from a council...