Social Responsibility

Changing trade: Rail workers will take further industrial action in spring (Getty/Willie B. Thomas)

Train strikes to cause travel chaos in March

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A fresh wave of rail strikes will take place in March and April, after workers voted for more industrial action in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Safety first: Night Safe Champion Programme launched at NTIA summit (Getty/ Caiaimage/ Tom Merton)

NTIA launches Night Safe Champion Programme

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and Savenightlife CIC have joined forces with Safeguarding Nightlife to launch the new Night Safe Champion Programme, which will focus on the key challenges faced in hospitality.

Independents suffering: Sacha Lord says not all hospitality businesses are able to fall back on funding


Forgetting independents is a self-defeating exercise

By Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

These days, there’s no escaping the seemingly endless amount of data proving that the hospitality sector is in severe difficulty.

Glass act: trade bodies believe a lack of clarity on the DRS is delaying preparations for the implementation of the scheme. Credit: (Getty/Zero Creatives)

Many firms won’t meet DRS deadline

By Gary Lloyd

Trade associations have warned the Scottish government thousands of businesses are unable to meet the deadline to implement the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

New plans: Drinkaware wants to working together to reduce alcohol harm across the UK (credit: Getty/LeoPatrizi)

Drinkaware launches new strategy

By Gary Lloyd

Alcohol education body Drinkaware has launched a three-year strategy to improve on how society understands alcohol and make using it more risk-free.

Work to be done: Drinkaware chief executive Karen Tyrell

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EXCLUSIVE: A new strategy in the relationship with alcohol

By Phil Mellows

Karen Tyrell smiles and shrugs as though the answer is so obvious the question really wasn’t worth asking. “Well, yes, I go to pubs. They’re nice places to be, aren’t they?” she says, sure that no one could doubt it.

Driving progress: Be Inclusive Hospitality launches 2023 survey

Be Inclusive Hospitality launches 2023 survey

By Rebecca Weller

Be Inclusive Hospitality has launched its third Inside Hospitality Survey, tasked with examining the current state of affairs regarding equality, diversity and inclusion within the sector.

Great view: Aviary Rooftop Restaurant & Terrace Bar in Finsbury Square

50% off at ETM sites during rail strikes

By Gary Lloyd

ETM Group and Maven Leisure owner Ed Martin has announced anyone who works in the hospitality sector will be given 50% off food and drinks at its sites on rail strike days.

Eco drive: Mark Chapman (left) and Clive Chesser

Punch joins Zero Carbon Forum

By Gary Lloyd

Punch Pubs & Co has joined the Zero Carbon Forum as the sector bids to unite and reduce energy, cut carbon and costs.

Scottish group takes lead: single-use items were used less during a trial (credit: Getty/creacart)

Operators urged to ditch single-use items

By Gary Lloyd

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on hospitality businesses to ditch single-use items after a pilot scheme found a huge fall in the use of common disposable goods.

Pub setting: John Mills receives his MBE from Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill, while the BBC films the ceremony

Community pub hosts MBE awarding ceremony

By Gary Lloyd

A former dentist who became a leading light in funding research into vasculitis has been honoured in what is believed to be a first for the pub industry.

How pubs can reduce their environmental impact by changing their infrastructure

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Your pub's roadmap to sustainable success

By Charlie Fryday, Heineken UK on-trade category and commercial strategy director

Charlie Fryday, Heineken UK on-trade category and commercial strategy director discusses the areas outlets can work on to decrease the environmental impact of their physical space.

New scheme: DRS to be launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 2025 (Credit: Getty/Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)

DRS causes 'significant barriers to trade'

By Rebecca Weller

Trade bodies from across the sector “support” the initiative behind Deposit Recycling Schemes (DRS) but proposed plans place “unnecessary complexity and costs” on small businesses.

Research revealed: more information on the recycling initiative were outlined in a consultation response (image: Getty/Paper Boat Creative)

Gov reveals DRS details

By Rebecca Weller

Environment minister Rebecca Pow has today (Friday 20 January) announced new plans for the Deposit Return Scheme to reduce litter and plastic pollution.

Hospitality failing: an average of 13 sites have closed every month since Covid but Q4 2022 has seen that rise to almost 18 (credit: Getty/whitemay)

More sites closing now than during Covid

By Gary Lloyd

Almost 18 licensed premises closed every day during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2022 resulting in more sites closing in 2022 than in the Covid-hit high of 2021.

Green credentials: 'Brewers and pubs across the country are making great progress on their sustainability goals and are keen to share their ideas so others can do the same,' says BBPA boss Emma McClarkin (image: Getty/Sakorn Sukkasemsakorn)

Sector on the road to net zero

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of breweries and pubs have shared how they are making their businesses more sustainable in the run up to World Earth Day.

Gov funding: the investment in pubs comes from a £150m Community Ownership Fund pot (Credit:Getty/ Andrew Brookes)

Gov injects more than £1m into pubs

By Rebecca Weller

The Government has invested more than £1m from the Community Ownership Fund into pubs across the country, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has revealed.

All's Wells: generous customers gave an extra £1 for their festive meal for charity

Wells & Co raises £10k via Xmas menu scheme

By Gary Lloyd

Pub operator and brewer Wells & Co has raised £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust through an initiative that saw a £1 donation taken from each Christmas meal sold.

Empty roles: Vacancies have dropped in the last quarter (Getty/ 10'000 Hours)

Hospitality vacancies fall by 5.5%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There were 149,000 empty job roles recorded in the accommodation and food service activities sector from October to December 2022 – a drop of 5.5% from the previous quarter.

Sustainability is key: UKH reacts to single-use plastic ban (Getty/ Imgorthand)

Plastic ban: sustainability sector’s ‘key priority’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The ban on single-use plastic plates, cutlery and bowls offers time for alternate markets of sustainable packaging to develop, but there are concerns about its practicality according to UKHospitality.

Action demanded: UKHospitality wants Ofgem to penalise rogue energy comapnies (credit: getty/vm)

UKH demands energy firms named and shamed

By Gary Lloyd

UKHospitality (UKH) has called for energy watchdog Ofgem to take action against energy companies that have implemented improper practices and treated businesses in the sector as a ‘cash cow’.

Net zero review: hospitality sector needs financial incentives to support road to net zero by 2050 (Credit: Getty/STasker)

'Financial incentives' needed to hit net zero goals

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector needs additional “financial incentives” from the Government to aid its ability to deliver on net zero ambitions, leaders from across the industry have stated.

Not a specific offence: drinks spiking has been described as ‘abhorrent’ (credit: Getty/PeopleImages)

NTIA outraged by spiking not being an offence

By Gary Lloyd

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has voiced its anger after a Government inquiry decided there is no need for a specific offence to be introduced for drinks spiking.

Inaugural report: Be Inclusive looks at its progress since inception

Be Inclusive launches report on race equity progress

By Gary Lloyd

Social enterprise Be Inclusive Hospitality has released a report about the group’s work in its bid to adopting a multi-pronged approach to accelerate race equity throughout the hospitality sector.

Vital education: Fuller's raises £5,000 for Made in Hackney through plant-based burger sales

Fuller's and Made in Hackney partnership raises £5,000

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Fuller, Smith and Turner has raised £5,000 with plant-based burger sales through its partnership with cookery school and emergency food support service, Made in Hackney.

Hogs Back launches two low alcohol beers and PoS support

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Hogs Back releases two low alcohol beers

By Gary Lloyd

Surrey-based Hog Back Brewery has urged communities to support their local pubs this month by launching two low and no alcohol beers and adding new PoS support for its flagship beer.

Financial issues: Anthony Hughes looks at how the sector could be improved through legislation changes


Overtaxed and underpaid?

By Anthony Hughes, director, Lincoln Green Brewing Company

The headlines have recently been filled with details of rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, with strike action across many sectors.

Get down the pub: some 85% of UK pubs serve low or no alcohol beers

BBPA urges alcohol-free visits to pubs

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has urged customers who are abstaining from alcohol to visit their local this month because 85% of pubs now serve alcohol-free beers.

Festive help: Sarah Taylor (right) discusses the rules of serving alcohol to those as young as 16 (Credit: Getty/Marvin Samuel Tolentino Pineda)

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Know the law on serving alcohol to under-18s

By Sarah Taylor, partner, Poppleston Allen

Of all the articles our licensing solicitors write for The Morning Advertiser each year, there is one topic that gets more feedback and interest than any other – under-18s in pubs.

Energy bill plea: CMARA states breweries are closing and need help now (credit: Getty/urbancow)

CAMRA plea for energy bill help as breweries go under

By Gary Lloyd

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has demanded chancellor Jeremy Hunt to confirm before Christmas that breweries, pubs and hospitality firms will receive help with soaring energy bills when the current scheme runs out in April 2023.

Unfair additional energy costs: pubs provide a warm sanctuary as winter bites (credit: Getty/yevtony)

BBPA demands action on unfair energy charges

By Gary Lloyd

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has demanded Ofgem to take measures against energy companies that are threatening the existence of pubs by using unfair contracts.

Shutting up shop: Staffing shortage will hit sector over festive period (Getty/ EvgeniiAnd)

1 in 3 businesses reduce Xmas opening hours

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality (UKH) has urged Government to tackle the recruitment crisis, after data revealed one third of businesses were reducing Christmas opening hours due to staff shortages.