Linda and Paul McNamara: having run the Park View in Birkenhead for two decades the licensees are selling the site via raffle

'Proper boozer' to be sold via raffle

By Rebecca Weller

Licensees in Birkenhead have decided to sell their pub via raffle in the hope the “proper boozer” will stay at the heart of the local community.

Staff shortage: the recruitment crisis in the trade has meant wages have risen (image: Getty/Volha Shakhava)

Wages driven up by staff shortages


The average wages of pub and restaurant workers have risen by as much as 14%, driven by a shortage of staff in the hospitality sector.

Tackling child hunger: pubs and restaurants across Merseyside are asking customers to add a donation

Businesses join forces to end child hunger

By Emily Hawkins

Hospitality businesses across Merseyside are being encouraged to tackle child hunger by asking customers to add a donation to a youth centre to their bill.

Concerns have been raised about cut price booze prices in the area

Licensees say 'no' to all new pubs

By Emily Sutherland

Pubs in St. Helens have taken the unusual step of backing new measures that would make it more difficult to open new pubs and bars in the town centre.

Loungers MD Alex Reilley said the firm is targeting 15 openings next year

Loungers to hit 90-site mark ahead of time

By Mark Wingett

Loungers, the Piper-backed café-bar operator, is likely to reach 90 sites by 2017, ahead of an earlier target of 70 by that date, as it reveals the details of the next handful of property acquisitions.