Northern Ireland

Sector reaction: trade bodies have responded to the new deal announcement (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

New NI trade deal ‘encouraging’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The new Windsor Framework has been welcomed by a number of trade bodies, alongside hopes it will deliver clarity for businesses in Northern Ireland.

Restriction relax: the NI Executive has said that from Friday 10 September the current requirement for table service will be eased, both indoors and outdoors, to enable customers to go to the bar to place orders or pay (image: Getty/staticnak1983)

Pubs in Northern Ireland at 'wit’s end'

By Michelle Perrett

Pubs and hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland are “at their wit’s end” the leading trade association Hospitality Ulster has claimed, as the NI Executive has revealed some relaxation of restrictions.

Seasonal support: what support is available to pubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?


What financial support is available to UK pubs this winter?

By Stuart Stone

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that England would be plunged into its third national lockdown in an address on 4 January, The Morning Advertiser rounds up what funding is available across the UK.

Full integration expected: Heineken completes acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs

Heineken completes acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs

By Georgina Townshend

Heineken has said it will 'fully integrate' the 1,900 Punch pubs into its existing Star Pubs & Bars estate after completing the acquisition, as part of a back-to-back deal with Patron Capital, yesterday (29 August).

Positive impacts: The Tory and DUP deal has given the hospitality sector hope

What the Conservative and DUP deal means for pubs

By Michelle Perrett

The Conservatives’ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to form a majority Government has already given the hospitality sector hope in the form of a potentially softer Brexit and a reduction in VAT.

Darren Fletcher reflects on 2016


Full-time Fletch reflects on 2016

By Darren Fletcher, BT Sport commentator

Darren Fletcher reflects on why from Leicester to Northern Ireland, 2016 will be looked back on as the year of the underdog.

Advice for pubs on Euro 2016 football

Summer of Sport

Making the most of Euro 2016 in your pub

By Nigel Huddleston

This summer’s Euro 2016 sees the expansion of the tournament finals from 16 to 24 teams, resulting in 20 more matches being available for football fans to watch in an atmosphere that is second only to a stadium itself — the pub.

Pub openings gallery: September 2015

Pub openings

Pub openings gallery: September 2015

By Oli Gross

The Publican's Morning Advertiser takes a look at pubs up and down the UK which newly opened or have been refurbished in September 2015.

C&C Group confirms withdrawal from Spirit bidding

C&C Group confirms withdrawal from Spirit bidding

By James Wallin

C&C Group, the Irish producer of Magners, has officially ruled out a bid for Spirit Pub Company, leaving the way clear for Greene King to proceed with its £773.6m acquisition of the Mike Tye-led business.

Greene King Ireland

Greene King 'targets sites in Ireland'

By John Harrington

Greene King and another major British pub group are looking to follow JD Wetherspoon by entering the Irish pub market, according to the Irish Times.

Wetherspoon deal to screen Racing UK in pubs

Wetherspoon deal to screen Racing UK in pubs

Managed pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to make live Racing UK horse-racing coverage available in just under 10% of its estate after a successful trial in a Nottinghamshire town.

VAT-cut drive reaches NI

VAT-cut drive reaches NI

By Ewan Turney

The campaign to cut VAT to 5% for the hospitality industry has now reached Northern Ireland and received the backing of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Northern Irish pubs face tough choices

Northern Irish pubs face tough choices

By Ewan Turney

Pubs in Northern Ireland face some tough choices over the coming year as a new survey revealed two-thirds had seen a drop in trade over the past year.

Brook Lodge Bar: in administration

Belfast pubco in administration

By Lesley Foottit

A west Belfast based pub company that has a chain of pubs in the city has gone into administration. Castle Street Inns owns six bars, which are...

Northern Ireland pubs will need stricter ID policies

Northen Irish pubs face penalty points

By Gurjit Degun

Pubs in Northern Ireland face penalty points if caught serving underage drinkers, in radical new plans by the Irish Assembly. The law is proposed...