Money

Closed: pubs are struggling

Bars and restaurants 'are most distressed'

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Bars and restaurants are showing the biggest signs of financial distress amongst UK businesses, according to the latest Red Flag Alert released by...

Energy Price Watch: get in touch and tell us how much you pay

Pub host urges caution over energy bills

By Gurjit Degun

A licensee is urging others to keep an eye on their bills and bank balance, after encountering an ongoing energy nightmare with several suppliers....

Rowson: pleased with E.On response

E.On to reassess pub electricity bill

By Lesley Foottit

Energy provider E.On has agreed to recalculate a licensee's £15,000 electricity bill following pressure from the Morning Advertiser.

Rowson: in dispute with E.On

E.On promises help over soaring bills

By Lesley Foottit

E.On has said it will step in to help a licensee whose electricity bills shot up from £414 a month to £2,700. The total bill for the Saddle Inn in...

Councils are pushing for higher licensing fees

Councils push for higher licence fees

By John Harrington

Local councils are pushing for reform of alcohol licence fees in a way that could ratchet up costs for pubs. Town hall lobbyists say fees should...

Gary McNaughton faced a huge bill at the New Inn

Opus pursues pub licensee for £22,000

By John Harrington

Opus Energy is trying to claim more than £22,000 from a licensee who stopped paying electricity bills after they soared from £319 to £2,200 per...

Charity: more leaseholders could buy freehold

Given the will, there's a way

By The PMA Team

Many freehold pubs are changing hands despite talk of hamstrung banks unwilling to lend money, says The PMA Team.

Punch: new admin fee

Punch Taverns under fire over admin charge

By John Harrington

A Punch tenant has criticised the pubco for adding a £25 plus VAT charge for every cash payment made to the company. Carol Anderson said she was...

British Gas: ombudsman ordered payments

British Gas told to pay licensees £2k

By John Harrington

British Gas Business has been ordered to pay a £2,000 "goodwill" payment to licensees who received a "service shortfall" over several years.

Gas bill: shocked licensee

Licensee's gas bill probed

By John Harrington

British Gas has put a licensee's account on hold while it investigates an out-of-the-blue gas bill of £10,543. Peter Saxon, of the freehold Swan...