Pub Trade

Pubs code: trade warned ignorance will be no excuse

Pub Code

Pubs code: trade warned ignorance will be no excuse

By Emily Sutherland

Comments made by Grocery Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon have sparked fresh warnings that the pub trade must read up on the statutory code before it is introduced next year.

Rob Willock:

From vicious cycle to virtuous circle

By Rob Willock

It’s a truism to say that the pub trade is a ‘people business’ — but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth repeating. While your property itself and its location might attract customers, it’s your employees who determine whether they will ever return.


Rapport with your customers is crucial

By Tony Jennings

I must declare my admiration for Bridget Ware, the new host of the College Arms, Hall Green, Birmingham. For one thing, this is the first time that this 75-year-old has taken on a pub, writes Tony Jennings.

The Big Interview: David Hawksworth, FLVA

The Big Interview: David Hawksworth, FLVA

By Gurjit Degun

David Hawksworth was recently crowned the new president of the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA). He talks to Gurjit Degun about getting a fair deal for licensee.

The day Jo Swinson met 007

The day Jo Swinson met 007

By Robert Sayles

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Repeated calls for government to intervene on behalf of the tied pub trade appear to have fallen upon deaf ears. One covert organisation has decided to take matters into their own hands. James Bond, agent 007...

Bob Neill: will visit his local to pour pints

Pubs minister pledges to work behind bar

By Michelle Perrett

Community Pubs Minister Bob Neill is the latest MP to pledge to work behind the bar in support of the pub trade. He is the first Government...

Paul Charity: Licensees should harness relationship with their staff

A masterclass in how to be a better boss

By The PMA Team

There is a component of success in the pub trade that's really powerful if it can be harnessed — the relationship between you and your staff, writes The PMA Team.

Charity: plenty of opportunity

United we stand to champion the pub trade

By The PMA Team

Welcome to the first edition of The Publican's Morning Advertiser — our task to become the industry's indispensable guide, says The PMA Team.

Supermarkets: allowed to sell cheap alcohol

Pub trade fury at below-cost plans

By Lesley Foottit

The pub trade is furious at Government plans to introduce a ban on below-cost sales that would still allow 38p cans of lager to be sold.

Bright idea: Sandrock in Farnham opened apres ski lodge

Snow brings mixed fortunes for pubs

By Lesley Foottit

The UK's big freeze has brought mixed fortunes to the pub trade as rural pubs suffer and city pubs do a roaring trade. Michael Kheng, of...

PRS tariff: confusing for pub trade

Time to tune in to PRS tariffs

By Peter Coulson

The Performing Right Society tariff known as LP is for pre-arranged ticketed events and is not a pub tariff, says Peter Coulson.

Charity: pubs need to step up on service

Service: the virtues of feedback

By The PMA Team

Providing an online forum for customers to rate their pub experiences will demonstrate how seriously the trade takes their opinions, says The PMA Team.

Healey (R): Minister for Pubs absent at meeting

Pubs Minister misses pub trade meet

By Ewan Turney

Pubs Minister John Healey missed a behind-closed doors meeting with all factions of the pub trade today, the MA understands.

Mulholland with Justice for Licensees leader Inez Ward

MP: real need for mandatory pubco reform

By Ewan Turney

The breakdown of the landmark pub trade mediation talks prove there is a real need for mandatory reform to the tied pub model, says Greg Mulholland.

Coulson: answering your questions

Confusion over pub measures

By Peter Coulson

News that the pub trade might soon be getting a two thirds of a pint measure may cause a further degree of confusion, says Peter Coulson.

Mulholland with pub campaigner Inez Ward

Mulholland: pubco bosses should step down

By Ewan Turney

The bosses of Britain's biggest pubcos should step down with immediate effect — that's the call from staunch anti-pubco MP Greg Mulholland. The Lib...

Democracy at work?

Democracy at work?

By Hamish Champ

So, what did you make of the Business & Enterprise Committee's report into the pub trade then? For example, did you agree with the man from Fair...

Pring: demonising beer group is unfair

Polarised views can't help pubs

By Andrew Pring

Remember that chant in Animal Farm — "four legs good, two legs bad"? Well, it's becoming that heated and polarised in the pub trade these days, says Andrew Pring.

Neil Robertson outside the Red Lion in Mayfair where he met Morning Advertiser editor Andrew Pring

'Sunset industry' danger warns new BII boss

By Andrew Pring

The pub trade is in danger of becoming a "sunset industry" in the eyes of Government and officials, warns the new chief executive of the BII. Neil...

Chancellor is under fire over beer duty

Suppliers appeal against duty hikes

By John Harrington

Suppliers to the brewing and pub trade have urged the Chancellor to rethink his huge alcohol duty hikes to help an industry "at crisis point". The...

Can we axe the tax?

Can we axe the tax?

By Matt Eley Matt

When Alistair Darling announced he was whacking another eight per cent on alcohol duty it was like the whole industry was dealt an unexpected blow to...