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Blue sky thinking: 'The level of optimism and positivity in the business, after a very, very challenging period, is sky high at the moment,' Shepherd Neame CEO Jonathan Neame said

‘Number one priority is to restore the business’

By Stuart Stone

Sharing a heartland with Covid-19’s ‘Kent variant’ has seen the vast majority of Shepherd Neame’s 300-odd sites shuttered for more than five months. As such, CEO Jonathan Neame is looking forward to what he believes will be a ‘very good summer’.

Women in leadership: 'There's some real talent and I think it’s just about stepping up and showing that that talent is there,' Carmen O'Neal says

International Women's Day 2021

Time to ‘step up’ and showcase female talent in drinks and hospitality

By Stuart Stone

Managing director of the 2020 UK Gin Producer of the Year, Carmen O'Neal distills why she believes International Women's Day has taken on added significance during the Covid-19 pandemic, and why collaboration is key to women continuing to unlock...

'Careful cost management': 'the directors have a view that The City and West End will take a year to return to pre-covid levels of trade,' an Urban Pubs & Bars statement said

Urban Pubs & Bars sees significant lockdown losses

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

Urban Pubs & Bars lost out on £2.5m in sales in the first month of the March lockdown, and incurred a significant shortfall in profit due to its inability to mitigate costs immediately at the point of closure.

Revenue down: London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace has reported huge losses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Darwin & Wallace revenues down £2m

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace lost almost a quarter of its usual revenue as a result of the first lockdown, contributing to a £2m dip in its year-on-year sales.

Lockdown sales losses: UKHospitality has said the sector needs further support to survive the rest of the pandemic

£200m a day hospitality losses

By Emily Hawkins

Britain's pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels lost nearly £200m a day in sales in 2020, according to new figures.

Hit hard: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to do more to help hospitality after it has suffered mass job losses amid the coronavirus pandemic (image: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street on Flickr)

Chancellor implored to act to save pub jobs

By Emily Hawkins

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been pressed to extend vital support for hospitality, after figures reveal the sector as the hardest hit by job losses once more.

To coin a phrase: the word gastropub was invented because of the Eagle

30 years of the Eagle – the UK’s first gastropub

By Nicholas Robinson

Impossible it may seem, yet there is a pub that not only launched a dining genre but has thrived over three decades without deviating from its original concept. The Eagle in Clerkenwell, north London, is the granddaddy of gastropubs and celebrates 30...

Tricky year: 'I've had to pay a lot of people out of my own pocket to make sure they have money for Christmas'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

'We've served 450,000 customers since July and are unaware of any Covid cases'

By Patrick Frawley, owner, East London Pub Company

Patrick Frawley, who owns and operates five pubs and bars in central London as well as five restaurants and bars in Ireland via the East London Pub Company, believes hospitality has been 'thrown to the wolves' in 2020.

Leap of faith: ‘I love turning up to work with the scent of hops floating up the spiral stone staircase’

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

GBPA winner swaps pints for the pulpit

By Reverend Emily Kolltveit, St Mary‘s Church and the Chandos Arms, London

According to Great British Pub Award-winning operator turned ordained Anglican Deacon, Emily Kolltveit, 2020 has been ‘an extraordinary year of highs and lows’. Here she explains how she’s adapted to a new style of service.

Closure imminent: pubs in London and other parts of England must close with little notice under the new tier system

Closing hospitality venues an 'illogical tactic'

By Emily Hawkins

Hospitality sector leaders are once again telling the Government that the industry must not be blamed for coronavirus outbreaks, after it was announced pubs will be forced to shut in more areas of England.

Mapped out: where are pubs allowed to open in England under the new tier system?

Map: where can pubs open in England?

By Emily Hawkins

The Morning Advertiser (MA) has mapped out the new tier system for England after an additional fourth tier was added.

Call off: Cancel crippling curfew

London Mayor blasts Government's continued curfew

By Nicholas Robinson

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has criticised the Government’s 10pm curfew, saying it needs to be “rapidly reviewed” and that it now makes less sense since the capital moved into tier two restrictions.

How did the hospitality protest at Parliament go?

Hospitality makes some noise at Parliamentary protest

By Ed Bedington

Crowds of hospitality staff descended on parliament yesterday (Monday 19 October) to make some noise and remind politicians of the ongoing struggles restrictions are causing to the sector.

Results revealed: JDW chairman Tim Martin spoke to The Morning Advertiser at the group's Hamilton Hall site in London's Liverpool Street station

JDW ‘not considering further redundancies’

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) boss Tim Martin has told The Morning Advertiser the business is currently not considering making more redundancies, but wouldn't rule out more cuts if trade continues to drop.