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Almost 90,000 job losses since the start of the pandemic: One in five bouncers have left the security industry (Credit: Getty/ iunderhill)

One in five bouncers leave the industry

By Rebecca Weller

One in five bouncers have left the security industry and staff levels were at 80% compared to pre coronavirus levels, a City Hall report into London’s night-time economy has found.

Digital revolution: Virtual spaces are here to stay (Getty/ Nikolay Evsyukov)

Virtual spaces key to high-end venues

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Virtual spaces are here to stay, with high end venues using them to unite customers safely, increase revenue and engage with a global audience, operators have said.

On the house: Operators of London bars explain why they are giving away free drinks (Getty/ Sol Stock)

Why are London bars giving out free drinks?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Bars across London are giving away free drinks in a bid to increase footfall through drawing in customers who wouldn’t otherwise visit the pub.

Awards back to pre-pandemic status: The Guild of Beer Writers 2019 Awards winners

The British Guild of Beer Writers 2021 shortlist

By Rebecca Weller

The British Guild of Beer Writers has announced its shortlist of 35 writers, journalists, and bloggers in its Annual Awards with winners to be announced in London on 2 December 2021.

Night-time economy: Khan announces the return of Night Tube services (Getty/Peter Muller)

Night Tube to restart next month

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Night Tube services will be reintroduced from the Central and Victoria lines next month, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced.

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.”

Multiple operator: Insolvency specialists were seeking a buyer for Rileys Sports Bars in 2020 (image: Getty/monsitj)

Rileys Sports Bars reports above expected trading

By Nikkie Thatcher

Thirteen-strong multiple operator Rileys Sports Bars has announced growth of 9% compared to 2019 across its estate for the three weeks since reopening on Monday 17 May.

Covid impact: ‘As the effects of pandemic restrictions have seen all venues hit pause on operating as usual, these are felt in a unique way for LGBTQ+ venues and communities’ (Image: Getty/nrqemi)

Opinion – Pride 2021

‘Nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear’

By Aliyah Rawat, associate trainer, Good Night Out Campaign

As a London-based trainer for Good Night Out Campaign (GNO), an event producer and DJ, I have seen first-hand the precarious position Covid-19 restrictions has placed the industry in.

CVA approved: 'The approval of the CVA means we can look forward to strong growth and begin rebuilding the business on a positive financial footing,' Jillian MacLean, founder and CEO of Drake & Morgan said

Drake & Morgan CVA approved

By Stuart Stone

London-based cocktail bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan’s creditors have approved a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) – with 90% voting in favour of proposals.

Post lockdown: while some operators described a quiet first week back, sales data shows the sector saw a boost after indoor trading was allowed to resume from Monday 17 May

'Shockingly quiet' first week of indoor trade

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have described the first week of indoor trading after lockdown as “shockingly quiet” but said they are optimistic as sales data shows a boost.

Unlockdown: 'We urge Government to do everything it can to keep the roadmap on track so pubs can properly start their recovery from 21 June,' a British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) spokesperson said (image: Getty/ViewApart)

'Keep roadmap on track,' urges trade

By Emily Hawkins

Pub trade bosses have urged the Government to stick to its unlocking roadmap and allow the sector to rebuild beyond 21 June.

Pub goer resilience: 'I've looked at some of the figures thinking, ‘really?’ the weather was pretty cold – ‘where's that come from?’, Clive Watson says

'Change in emphasis' to boost City Pub Group expansion

By Stuart Stone

City Pub Group’s executive chairman, Clive Watson, explains that the operator’s definition of ‘high quality’ pub opportunities has changed slightly as the Group emerges from lockdown.

Done deal: Nightcap acquired all but two of Adventure Bar Group's sites (image: Getty/scyther5)

Nightcap raises £10m through share placing

By Georgi Gyton, MCA

Nightcap has raised £10m through a share placing in order to further its investment strategy and to roll out its recent acquisition of Adventure Bar Group (ABG).

Reopening rules: operators shared their experiences of customers being confused by how to use the NHS coronavirus app to scan into venues (image:Getty/Olivier Le Moal)

'No one knows how to use the NHS app'

By Emily Hawkins

Pubgoers have been hesitant to use the NHS contact-tracing app and been reluctant to hand over their details, operators have reported.