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Positive outlook: Business leaders are more optimistic about trading (Credit: Getty/ SolStock)

Business leaders optimistic but major challenges remain

By Michelle Perrett

Seven in 10 (70%) pub, restaurant and bar leaders feel optimistic about their businesses’ prospects for the next 12 months, the third-quarter Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth has revealed.

Industry celebration: National Hospitality Day gets industry backing

Industry rallies behind National Hospitality Day

By Michelle Perrett

Some of Britain’s best-loved celebrity chefs, including Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Gary Usher, Paul Ainsworth and more, star in a new video calling on the nation to go out and support their favourite pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels on Saturday...

Will pubs face wine supply issues for Christmas?

Pubs set to face wine supply issues

By Michelle Perrett

Pubs could be facing issues with wine supplies in the lead up to Christmas, leading wine bosses have revealed.

Furloughed staff: £398m was claimed by the food and accommodation sector for May (image: Getty/Kosamtu)

Third of sector on furlough at end of spring

By Emily Hawkins

One third of the hospitality sector (33%) was on furlough at the end of May 2021 – the month lockdown restrictions on indoor hospitality were eased.

Government aid: 'Support is needed as much now as it was at the start,' says The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington

The final betrayal?

By Ed Bedington

A further kicking of the can down the road should probably not come as much of a surprise for an industry that has felt the full force of those kicks in the last year and a half.

Improvement required: 'We need to stop talking about it and make serious strides to making this an industry to be proud of, not just a part time job before people move onto bigger and better things'

Opinion

Is the hospitality sector suffering from its reluctance to invest in staff?

By Heath Ball, managing director, Frisco Group

It’s no secret that that most hospitality businesses are suffering from a staff shortage – yes, even you Mr Martin – but while we look at Brexit and Covid-19 as the perpetrators of the problem, should we be looking closer to home for answers?

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 27

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: The show must go on!

By Ed Bedington

With the Euros on the horizon, the podcast team tackle the subject of hosting key events in your sites. We speak to a number of special guests to cover everything from hosting live music gigs, through to sporting triumphs and even a little bit of culture...

Future-proofing: 'The post-pandemic pub experience is markedly different to what we’ve historically been used to, with businesses having to dramatically change the way they operate'

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Future-proofing your pub as restrictions begin to lift

By Fionn Hart, UK country manager at Flipdish

As Boris announced the return of indoor dining from 17 May, the industry breathed a sigh of relief as pubs and bars were finally able to welcome customers over the threshold after a tumultuous year of lockdowns.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 25

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: In, out, shake it all about

By Ed Bedington

With reopening just days away, the Lock In team get to grips with the challenges operators will be facing when it comes to opening up indoors under restrictions. We get extra input from special guests Andy Grimsey from Poppleston Allen, who shares insight...

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MA’s review of the week

Council enforcement at pubs ‘annoying’

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser’s Ed Bedington spoke with Steamin’ Billy Brewing Company boss Billy Allingham to discuss the most recent on-trade news.

More insight, less noise: more data isn’t necessarily better, as it is getting harder to comprehend and to organise it in a meaningful way

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Making the most of guest experience data

By HGEM

There is a vast amount of customer experience data available to operators nowadays, and it is expected to increase exponentially in the future, as technology advances.

Community spirit: The Plunkett Foundation revealed that £4m was raised in community shares to save local pubs during 2020

13 community-owned pubs opened in 2020

By Stuart Stone

A new report from community business charity The Plunkett Foundation has uncovered increased demand for support to help communities regain control of essential local services over the past year.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 19

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: What does the Government have against pubs?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a look at the challenges around reopening, from staff to stock levels, and get some top tips on marketing your business from guest marketing whizz Mark McCulloch. The team also get to grips with business minister Paul Scully and...

Pub pint pledge: 'Our partnership with WWF will give pub-goers another reason to feel good about enjoying a cold pint in their local,' UK director of marketing at Carlsberg, Emma Sherwood-Smith, commented

Carlsberg to make WWF donation per on-trade pint sold

By Stuart Stone

Carlsberg has pledged to offer a donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for every pint of Carlsberg Pilsner and Carlsberg Export that is served in participating pubs when trading restrictions are lifted.

The Morning Advertiser has profiled the final five in the Best New Site category, sponsored by Heineken, at this year’s Publican Awards

Publican Awards 2021

Meet the finalists: Best New Site

By The Morning Advertiser

The Morning Advertiser has profiled the final five in the Best New Site category, sponsored by Heineken, at this year’s Publican Awards.

We all hope that the latest re-opening of the hospitality sector will be a permanent move, with no false starts and/or further restrictions on trade

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Planning for a successful re-opening

By Molson Coors

Last year was undoubtedly one of the toughest on record for the hospitality sector. Less than a quarter of 2020 could be considered as ‘normal’ trade, with lockdowns and tiered restrictions being the reality from 20 March onwards and the disruption continuing...

Developed role: 'When I look back, I am grateful for the changes and the education it has brought forward in many aspects of my life'

International Women's Day 2021

'Vast improvements' for women working in pubs

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

My younger self did not take any notice of such events as International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day: we asked dozens of the hospitality sector's future leaders for their opinions on the state of the trade

International Women's Day 2021

Rising stars: the next generation of women leading in the pub sector

By The Morning Advertiser

To celebrate women across the on-trade and showcase the opportunities the next generation are grabbing with both hands, The Morning Advertiser has asked some of the most inspiring people in the sector to share their stories so far.

International Women's Day: we asked dozens of leading women in the hospitality for their opinions on the state of the trade

International Women's Day 2021

Women who've made their mark in the pub sector

By The Morning Advertiser

To champion and celebrate women in the on-trade, at all levels and across a variety of job functions, The Morning Advertiser ​has collected the life stories and advice from some of the most inspiring people in the sector.

No science: ‘The ability for one to remain vertical used to be one of the primary demonstrations of sobriety in order to obtain service now it is borderline criminal’

Opinion

‘No science’ to support mandatory table service

By Gav Young, the Plough and Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

Now that we have sight of the long-awaited roadmap out of lockdown three, it is once again clear that the Government does not understand what a public house is or what it does.

Irreversible damages: 'The Government needs to demonstrate that the roadmap out of this pandemic provides timely, tangible support to every business in the hospitality sector and, crucially, supports the industry for the long-term.'

Opinion

'Back to normal’ no longer enough for pubs

By Paul Davies, CEO, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company

Paul Davies, chief executive officer of Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC), outlines much-needed measures from the Chancellor’s Budget on 3 March to protect the future of the brewing, pub and hospitality industries.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 15

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: Thanks a lot Boris!

By Ed Bedington

With the roadmap to reopening the podcast team give their thoughts to the news, (spoiler,the reaction is not that great) and look at how pubs should be approaching the reopening challenge. They also tackle the tricky subject of insurance with special...

Operator view: reopening with heavy restrictions means risking that 'customers will not enjoy the experience and will be lost to the industry for the long-term,' according to John Ellis

opinion

'Opening up too early risks ruining pub experience'

By John Ellis, Crown Inn, Oakengates and Elephant & Castle, Dawley

I'm very concerned about the headlines this weekend that big property companies such as JD Wetherspoon and Young's are pushing the conversation towards opening up the industry before that would be viable.

Pub of the Future: The Morning Advertiser's technology hub

Special report

Pub of the Future: How technology can save your business money

By The Morning Advertiser

Technology for pubs has advanced light-years in recent time, but arguably pubs themselves haven’t taken up much of the new tech. That's all changing though, so read on to find out what's new and how the right tech can benefit your business....

Dry run: 'This is not about giving up on alcohol and pubs but keeping them going and evolving for a future after Covid'

Opinion

‘Dry January not about giving up on pubs’

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

The start of 2021 saw me take on the challenge of Dry January, to be totally honest it is not the first year I’ve completed this journey.

Sector reset: 'beyond the annoyance and frustration of the Government I do feel hopeful, we will survive and thrive'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘2021 is a major opportunity for a reset of our industry’

By Piers Baker, the Sun Inn, Dedham and Church Street Tavern, Colchester, both Essex

In the second instalment in our series looking back on the last 12 months, Piers Baker explains that 2020 hasn't necessarily changed his pub but highlighted the importance of people to both it and the wider industry.

Self-sanctioned baptism of fire: 'Ironically, the one area I do now feel in control of is the other side of my career as a performer'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘When you’re a publican and you’ve retrained as an actress. Just call me Lucky’

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

To kick off a series looking back at a turbulent 12 months in the on-trade, Debbie Baisden, a multi-tasking, performing publican, explains how she is confronting Covid-19 challenges with hopes to continue both her careers in the arts and hospitality.