All smiles: having a child-friendly pub can bring with it additional trade opportunities

Nine ways to child-proof your pub ahead of the Easter bank holiday

By Liam Coleman

With new figures showing that there are two claims a week for children being injured at commercial properties, according to data from NFU Mutual, Graeme Cushion at legal expert Poppleston Allen shares nine ways to make sure your site is child safe.

Green King had made a bid to buy Spirit Pub Company

Greene King

CMA yet to decide on Greene King's takeover bid

By M&C Report

The Competition and Markets Authority has confirmed to M&C Report that it has yet to make a final decision on Greene King’s bid to buy Spirit Pub Company.

Fire safety: There are a number of legal compliance issues


Legal advice: The risk of fire hazard rules

By Poppleston Allen

It goes without saying that there is a very large amount of regulatory compliance, which affects licensed premises. Fire safety is a such an area, which is very important, bearing in mind the tragic consequences that can flow from a failure to comply.

Licensees have a duty of care toward guests inside their pub

Legal Q&A: Accidents inside your pub

By Weightmans

Where do you stand if a customer injures themselves in your pub? In the latest in a series of articles on insurance and legal issues, law firm Weightmans provides the answers.

Every employer must conduct a risk assessment of the workplace

How to... Conduct a risk assessment

By Pat Perry

Every employer has a duty to undertake an assessment of the hazards and risks associated with work activities and to implement controls which either eliminates the hazard or reduces the risk to acceptable levels. Our guide explains how.

It's important to plan your BBQ to ensure all health and safety and food safety risks have been minimised

How to... Trade safely in outdoor areas

By Pat Perry

Outdoor areas for pubs can provide huge business benefits and offer great opportunities for customers to experience outdoor dining and family activities. However, trading outside requires careful attention to avoid falling foul of the many hazards it...

Licensees should check that any entertainment outside is authorised

Legal checklist: Using pubs' outdoor areas

By Poppleston Allen

Warm weather is generally greeted with open arms by pub operators, especially those fortunate enough to have a pleasant and usable external space. This presents a clear opportunity for licensees to really make the most of them. Here are some pointers...

Manual handling is not only about lifting but also carrying and repeated movement of items, such as barrels

Top tips on preventing manual handling injuries

By Pat Perry

How many of your employees regularly move heavy objects such as casks, food supplies, bottle crates or rubbish bags on a daily basis? Typically, you and your staff will think nothing of it, looking at it as just a part of your daily duties, but many manual...

An assessment of the risks to health and safety of the young worker must be undertaken

How to... Employ young workers

By Pat Perry

Most pubs will, at some point in the week or seasonally, employ young workers. Typically these young people will be working back of house. Whilst these may seem like simple roles, they still need the same time invested to educate them in matters relating...

National Doorwatch belives it is safer to work in teams

Lone door worker practice 'is risky'

By Graham Ridout

An organisation representing door supervisors is campaigning for an end to the practice of just one person manning the entrance to pubs and clubs....

Coulson: run your own assessment

Be aware of risks at your pub

By Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson explores the pitfalls that can floor appeals, even with an adequate insurance policy in place.

Punch: fears over bond insurer

Debt security fears hit Punch

By Ewan Turney

Fears have been raised that Punch Taverns may have to raise more funds after its US bond insurer Ambac said it may file for bankruptcy. Ambac said...

SIA: future under scrutiny

GMB: SIA there to keep out crooks

By Ewan Turney

The GMB trade union has warned that scrapping of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) would pose a significant risk to public safety.

Pepsi Raw to be dropped

Pepsi Raw to be dropped

By Robyn Black

Premium Pepsi variant Pepsi Raw is being axed in the UK following a disappointing sales in the off-trade. Distributor Britvic admitted sales through...

Punch: progress made since fine

Punch: huge strides after fire fine

By John Harrington

Punch says it has taken "huge strides" in its approach to health and safety after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation at a...

Punch: fine for breaches

Punch fined over fire breaches

By Ewan Turney

Punch has been ordered to pay £17,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to serious breaches of fire safety legislation. Punch Pub Company's...

The agent

The agent

Chris Whirledge, Pub Innsite What is meant by the term "hard barrels"? I'm sure you'll be thinking that it bears some relation to health and safety...



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Pubs ignore fire safety

Pubs ignore fire safety

By Ewan Turney ewan.turney@william-reed.co.uk

A third of pubs have done nothing to comply with the new fire safety regulations that came into force on 1 October last year. Hosts who have failed...