Social Responsibility

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.

Star restaurateur: Andrew Pern warns customers not to give out their details

Phishing scam at Andrew Pern’s York site

By Gary Lloyd

Andrew Pern-operated site the Star Inn The City has warned customers not to give their credit and debit card details to anyone after falling victim to a phishing scam.

Success story: Leigh Mac opens up about the Saddle Inn's future plans

‘I'm doing better than I ever have done’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Business is better than ever at the Saddle Inn, Chester, Cheshire, but there’s more to running a pub than “dripping in gold” according to its licensee.

Hard times: Footfall drop at North Yorkshire venue due to cost-of-living

‘Good luck to all the pub trade’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A North Yorkshire operator has warned hospitality’s future will be “bleak” without further Government support.

Looking to the future: Challenges ahead but premiumisation is key

'2023 will be a year of breaking even'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There will be economic storms in the new year, but entertainment packages and premium drinks could help city venues stay afloat, according to the joint owner of the Phoenix Arts Club in Soho, London.

Cost-of-living: Staff touched by children's wishes

Kids’ humble Xmas wishes reflect cost-of-living

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Staff at Inn Hospitality Group pubs received heart-breaking responses to a recent Christmas activity where children asked Santa for jumpers, hot water bottles and dressing gowns.

Quiet firing: Survey reveals management issues in workplace (Getty/ Prostock-Studio)

Operators urged to improve staff management

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Operators have been urged to improve the performance management of staff after a new survey revealed poor treatment in the workplace was forcing staff to quit.

New openings: Uptick in high street pubs since pandemic but fall in nightclubs (Getty/ benedeck)

1.6% more high street pubs since Covid

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

There are 1.6% more high street pubs and bars since the first Covid lockdown, but the number of nightclubs has plummeted, new research has revealed.

Strike action: RMT rejects initial offer to call off strikes (Getty/ kev303)

Sector hits out at Xmas rail strikes

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Christmas train strikes will go ahead after the RMT union rejected an initial offer by the group representing train companies, a decision that has come under fire from trade bodies.

Losing money: Difficult times loom ahead for sector without further support (Getty/ Jonathan Kitchen)

Sector calls for energy bill relief scheme extension

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs and breweries will face major financial losses, make no profit and be forced to shut if the energy bill relief scheme is not extended beyond 31 March 2023, new research has shown.

Stepping aside: BrewDog gives up B Corp certification less than two years after gaining the accreditation (Pictured: BrewDog's Las Vegas site)

BrewDog relinquishes B Corp status

By BigH

Scottish brewer and bar owner BrewDog has given up its status as a B Corp less than two years after gaining the accreditation.

Time to talk: HUMEN joins forces with Star sites to host a 'Pub Pilgrimage' (Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Mental health charity takes over Star pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

HUMEN, a charity dedicated to reducing the number of male suicides, has partnered with 15 Star pubs to raise awareness for its ‘Rise Against Suicide’ campaign.

Get onside with the rules: Poppleston Allen issues warning over excessive fan behaviour (credit: Getty/skynesher)

Footy fans warned over pint throwing ‘assault’

By Poppleston Allen, licensing solicitors

Licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen have warned pubs that football fans who throw pints when the on-screen action gets exciting could be committing assault.

Job vacancies: despite initiatives such as higher wages, the sector is still short of labour (credit: Getty/Rowan Jordan)

11% of sector jobs remain vacant

By Gary Lloyd

One in nine hospitality jobs remain vacant despite successful recruitment processes post-Covid, such as offering higher wages, according to surveys by CGA by NielsenIQ and Fourth.

Human rights: Bars will encourage charity donations during World Cup (Getty/ Image Source)

Bars to donate to human rights charity during World Cup

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Liverpool bars Bobo and Abditory in Merseyside are asking customers to support human rights charity Amnesty International during the Qatar World Cup to remind of the “wider issues at stake than football glory”.

Businesses need more help: many say the Autumn Statement has not gone far enough (Credit: Getty/Aleli Dezmen)

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Business rates reform top of trade bodies’ wishlist

By Gary Lloyd

Sector bodies have demanded an urgent reform of business rates as their first priority of the Government after Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement on Thursday 17 November.

Uncorked: The future of wine is glass (Getty/ Luis Alvarez)

Glass wine bottles are here to stay

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Glass bottles are vital to the cultural “magic” of wine which needs to be protected, despite sustainability concerns, according to experts.

Listening to customers: Leeds pub turns back on decision to show World Cup

Pub U-turns on decision to screen World Cup

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Mustard Pot in Leeds has reversed its decision to show the World Cup due to human rights abuse in Qatar, after selling more than 70 tickets.

A new chapter: 350 year old pub gets new name

The Black Bitch pub to be renamed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Plans to rename the ‘offensively named’ Black Bitch pub in West Lothian, Scotland, are set to go ahead despite backlash from locals.

Recruitment crisis: Everyone deserves a chance to build a career (Getty/ Hispanolistic)

Pubs should keep ‘open mind’ in recruitment

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Employers should keep an open mind when recruiting those facing homelessness, who can prove invaluable members of a team, according to founder of Only A Pavement Away.

Chris Jowsey of Admiral Taverns on government demands and future

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BIG INTERVIEW: Great value key in next year says Jowsey

By Gary Lloyd

Admiral Taverns chief executive Chris Jowsey believes community wet-led pubs are going to be able weather the storms of the next 12 months more admirably than most so long as they provide great value and make every visit something to remember.

Football boycott: Chester pubs choose not to broadcast World Cup (Getty/ DaveBolton)

Pubs boycott World Cup over LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Liverpool Arms and the Commercial Hotel & Bar in Chester, Cheshire will boycott the upcoming World Cup due to worries over LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar where being gay is illegal.

Get guests onside: responding to more reviews can turn neutral or negatives into positives (credit: Getty/Hispanolistic)

Guest satisfaction rises but pubs can do more

By Gary Lloyd

Customer satisfaction is on the rise at hospitality sites but businesses could still do more when it comes to responding to online reviews, according to a Reputation study.

A warm welcome: Pubs open doors to customers wanting free heating (Getty/ IanGoodPhotography)

Pubs offer free warm spaces for guests

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs are opening their doors to customers for free warmth, hot drinks and company as the cost-of-living crisis forces some to pick between heating or eating at home.

Thumbs up: government guidance on the deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers in Scotland has been welcomed by its administer Circularity Scotland (credit: getty/bunhill)

DRS administrator welcomes ‘cost-cutting guidance’

By Gary Lloyd

Circularity Scotland (CS), the scheme administrator for the deposit return scheme (DPS) in Scotland, has welcomed new guidance from the Scottish government that will “significantly reduce the cost of the scheme for industry and consumers”.

Vitally important roles: NTIA calls on major cities across the UK to establish NTE advisors (Credit: Getty/	alexkoral)

Support for UK NTE 'lagging behind' other countries

By Rebecca Weller

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for cities across the UK to build on the network of Night-Time Economy (NTE) Advisers in order to support the country’s nightlife.

Making a difference: Stonegate team raises more than £13,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Association

Stonegate raises more than 13k for charity

By Rebecca Weller

Pubco Stonegate Group has raised more than £13,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association through its Tour de Stonegate 2022 virtual cycling fundraising drive.

SIBA concerns: sales of cans and bottles have already stopped at many small breweries in Scotland (credit: Getty/FotografiaBasica)

SIBA Scotland urges gov to rethink DRS

By Gary Lloyd

The Society for Independent Brewers (SIBA Scotland) has urged the Scottish government to take another look at its Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) proposal because it threatens the existence of small breweries.

Hard times ahead: Blackouts would be last resort (Getty/ IanGoodPhotography)

National Grid: Blackouts would be last resort

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Blackouts would be a last resort this winter if energy supplies run low, National Grid has revealed, after operators voiced concerns they would damage the sector.

Going Green: Consumers want to make sustainable decisions when dining out (Getty/ FG Trade Latin)

Brits want sustainability when dining out

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Brits want to make more sustainable choices when eating or drinking out, but according to new research, two-thirds of UK consumers are not able to.

Mixed response: BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin has welcomed some of the review’s outcomes but expressed disappointment with other aspects

BBPA disappointed with recycling review outcome

By Gary Lloyd

Sector trade body the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed disappointment over a packaging recycling consultation that has failed to extend a compliance period that has previously proved valuable in the past.

Unprecedented step: UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls has announced the trade body’s energy advice is free to all businesses

UKH makes guidance on energy pricing public

By Gary Lloyd

UKHospitality (UKH) has taken the unprecedented step of making its energy guidance available to all hospitality businesses as soaring energy prices threaten sites this winter.

Drinks on James: 'Good vibe' pints from BrewDog CEO

Free pints from BrewDog CEO

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

BrewDog co-founder James Watt is handing out free pints to the public for three days this week to spread “positivity and good vibes”.