EU referendum

Brexit: "It's time for cool and calm thinking" - and a new PMA

By Ed Bedington

Well, that was unexpected! I was planning to write about change in this week’s issue, as we prepare for the biggest relaunch of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) in decades, but I wasn’t expecting to have my thunder stolen by Brexit!

The Green Bricks in Hull


More calls for roadworks compensation

By Oli Gross

Local councils have been urged to do more to help pubs suffering from loss of trade due to nearby roadworks or risk “shooting themselves in the foot”.

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PMA events

What’s the future of beer and cider?

By Nicholas Robinson

The first Future Trends: Beer and Cider event organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) will be held in London on 22 June and will arm the trade with insight into the sector’s latest new product development and innovation.

Staff training, clearer menus and an access statement can all helps pubs become more accessible


How to make sure your pub is welcoming to someone with a disability

By Emily Sutherland

The issue of disabled access in pubs hit the headlines again recently in a damning House of Lords report that found many pubs are still failing to provide up-to-scratch facilities for people with physical and mental disabilities, with even basic services...

Are you ready for Try January?


Are you ready for Try January?

By Jessica Mason

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser is set to relaunch its Try January campaign encouraging pubs and bars to reclaim January and challenge people to try new drinks and dishes and make the month more inspiring and experimental.

What does it take to be one of the great British pubs?

Great British Pub Awards

What does it take to be one of the great British pubs?

By Mike Berry

The PMA team has been out and about during the past few weeks, visiting pubs across the country as part of the judging process for this year’s Great British Pub Awards.

Beer duty is now a full nine pence per pint lower than it would have been

Beer duty cut gripes miss true impact of the Budget

By Brigid Simmonds

At the BBPA, we are still receiving a huge amount of positive feedback from across the sector about the one penny cut in beer duty in the Budget, writes chief executive Brigid Simmonds.

Kerridge: Award-winning pub

Top ten news stories of 2014

By James Evison

The Publican's Morning Advertiser looks back at the most popular news stories of 2014.

Add spirits into the mix

By Mike Berry

There was a time, not too long ago, that the chances of getting a decent cocktail in a pub were about as likely as Nigel Farage buying a round of Czech lagers for bureaucrats at the European Commission.

Rob Willock:

If you’re happy and you know it…

By Rob Willock

I remember my first experiences of pub-going and, in particular, the landlord of the pub my mates and I most often frequented. Goodness, he was a miserable old bastard. But we loved him for it. He was our landlord, he served us beer, albeit begrudgingly,...


Why are the campaign fanatics being tolerated?

By Rob Willock

The licensee of the Alma in Islington, north London, was evicted last week after a four-year legal dispute with Enterprise Inns. It’s a sad situation that should never have escalated to the point where the relationship between pubco and tenant became...


Business rates in a state

By Rob Willock

I’m going to step away from the thorny issue of pubco regulation this week, despite the temptation to comment on the latest moves from either side of the divide to influence the imminent Government announcement on its plans to legislate or not. Instead,...


Isn’t it time beer writers took their heads out of the sand?

By Robert Sayles

Is it my imagination or are many beer writers a little bit detached from reality? The reason I say this is because their obvious reluctance to mention let alone write about the enormous white elephant sitting in the middle of the room is a little puzzling...


Sales for show, profit for dough

By Rob Willock

Another week, another survey highlighting the problems being faced by pub licensees. This one happens to be our own, commissioned for our Pub Market Report among a cross-section of the PMA’s readership.


PMA readers give valuable feedback on pub trade's leading title

By Rob Willock

Have you heard the story of the frog and the pot of water? If you drop a live frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. But apparently (though I’ve not tried it) if you place it in a pot of tepid water and turn up the heat it will unresistingly...

Pete Brown:

The beer-duty escalator: my final thoughts

By Pete Brown

This is going to be my last column on the duty escalator for a little while. It’s not that the issue is going away — far from it. I just don’t want to turn into one of those zealots you start trying to avoid.

Victory in long fight for justice

Victory in long fight for justice

By Peter Coulson

The story on the front page of last week's issue of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), that after a long battle Michael Kheng has gained damages for his clients for the unlawful ‘instant’ closure notices issue by West Yorkshire Police, was...

A for effort — but check rules first

By Peter Coulson

You would think that the politicians would favour efforts by pubs to boost custom in order to help them through difficult trading times. But even these best intentions can fall foul of what some people might see as town-hall bureaucracy.

Conman complaints stream in

Conman complaints stream in

By Gurjit Degun

Complaints about a conman fleecing licensees out of hundreds of pounds have been streaming into the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, following an exclusive story last week.

Pub Mentors: here to help

Still time to apply for Pub Mentors

By Michelle Perrett

There is still time to apply for a groundbreaking scheme — Pub Mentors — which has been launched by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) and Coca-Cola Enterprise’s Open More Business to help four pubs build their businesses.

Refusal: Treasury will not support VAT cut

Treasury rules out cut in VAT

By Michelle Perrett

The Treasury has refused to consider a VAT cut to 5% for the hospitality industry, claiming the "fiscal challenge" is too great. David Gauke MP — claimed there was no "compelling evidence" for such a cut.

Thrive on 5%: support grows

CAMRA backs 5% VAT

By Michelle Perrett

The Campaign for Real Ale has put its weight behind Thrive on Five, the PMA's campaign to get VAT reduced to 5%.

RDR: exclusive research revealed

Pre-loading: shock figures revealed

By John Harrington

All young adults drink at home before a weekend night out — with the average man consuming nearly four drinks before leaving. That's a key finding of a him! survey of 503 18 to 24-year-olds, commissioned by the Morning Advertiser.