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Warning: Sacha Lord has also called for a temporary reduction in VAT on business energy bills from 20% to 5%

Lord: crisis is more damaging than covid

By Gary Lloyd

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has demanded the Government return to parliament to intervene in the economic issues that are “more damaging than Covid”.

Warning: supply of poultry will stay tight into 2023 (credit: Getty/Anchiy)

Poultry supplies to remain tight

By Gary Lloyd

Poultry supplies are expected to remain tight as feed and energy prices are expected to stay high into 2023, according to a new report from catering butcher Birtwistles.

NPW celebrates 25 years: (pictured) Steve Baker NPW chair presenting Sofia Vancke manager at the Red Lion pub in Westminster a commemorative coin

National Pubwatch celebrates 25 years

By Rebecca Weller

National Pubwatch (NPW) has celebrated its 25th anniversary by handing out commemorative coins, featuring the Red Lion pub in Westminster, London, on one side, to thank people within the industry for their support.

Deposit Return Scheme: a 20p deposit will be added to drinks containers to maximise recycling (credit: Getty/Monty Rakusen)

Biffa to run Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

By Gary Lloyd

Waste disposal business Biffa has been appointed as the logistics provider to ensure maximum recycling of drinks containers for the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Scotland.

Rule change extension: off-sales will be permitted for a further year (credit: Getty/Paper Boat Creative)

NTIA welcomes extension to off-sales

By Gary Lloyd

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has welcomed the Government’s move to allow hospitality sites to continue selling alcoholic drinks to be consumed outside their premises.

How to sell water without bottles

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Drive pub profits and cut waste with Aqua Libra Co

By Aqua Libra

Water is a valuable revenue stream in for pubs and bars, worth over £358m[1] annually in licenced and foodservice. Yet, sales are threatened as consumers look to make more sustainable choices by swapping packaged options for tap water, while the sector...

Supportive working environment: Night Owl implements menopause policy to tackle stigma

Night Owl encourages sector to tackle menopause stigma

By Rebecca Weller

Independent Birmingham and London-based nightclub the Night Owl has urged businesses across the UK to join its pledge in tackling stigma and prejudice in the workplace with regards to the menopause.

Jobs for all: Dharia is on a supported internship programme, in partnership with Mencap, at the Hendon pub in north-west London

GK – career advice must be same for bar work as uni degrees

By Gary Lloyd

Greene King (GK) has called for training in bar and restaurant staff to be given equal footing to university degrees in terms of career advice after its research found almost half of young people (48%) believe the hospitality sector does not offer good...

Potential failure: DRS scheme needs urgent review according to sector (Credit:Getty/Daniel Grizelj)

Scotland's DRS scheme needs urgent review to avoid 'failure'

By Rebecca Weller

Scotland’s Deposit Return (DRS) Scheme could “prove a costly failure” without urgent review and poses “inherent financial risks to hospitality businesses”, according to MSPs and trade body UKHospitality (UKH) Scotland.

Ensuring customer safety: safeguarding schemes essential for the sector (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Safeguarding schemes 'essential' for hospitality

By Rebecca Weller

Schemes such as ‘Ask for Angela’ are essential in helping hospitality venues ensure the safety of customers, especially women or those considered vulnerable, amid “increasingly common” risk of drink spiking and violence, according to independent London...

Championing hospitality: Chris Wayne-Wills becomes UKH Scotland chairman

UKH Scotland appoints new chairman

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Crerar Hotels chief executive Chris Wayne-Wills has been appointed UKHospitality Scotland chairman as the sector grapples with unprecedented financial pressures and workforce shortages.

Fibre Bottles: Carlsberg announces launch of first bio-based bottles

Carlsberg launches first bio-based bottles

By Rebecca Weller


Carlsberg has announced the launch of Fibre Bottles, its first bio-based bottle, available to 100 consumers to trial via social media giveaways throughout the summer from Friday 24 June.

Catastrophe ahead: NTIA braces for impact of rail strikes (Getty/ Monty Rakusen)

NTIA braces for strike action impact

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The events sector is bracing itself for this week’s planned rail strikes, which are due to have a substantial hit on trade, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Dealing with the bumps in the road: Brendan Padfield of the Unruly Pig

Calm in a cost-of-living crisis?

By Brendan Padfield

Brendan Padfield, owner of the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk, reflects upon the growing storm clouds facing hospitality.

Tree planting among company’s schemes: BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie

BrewDog launches £12m eco-friendly plant plan

By Gary Lloyd

Scottish brewer and bar operator BrewDog has commissioned work to create a £12m bio-energy plant at its Ellon base that will power the production of 176m pints per year while reducing carbon emissions by 7,500 tonnes.

New powers: HMRC has already begun to take action (credit: Getty/bogdankosanovic)

HMRC targets hospitality EPoS fraudsters

By Gary Lloyd

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has targeted users of ‘Electronic Sales Suppression’ as it bid to use its new powers on this form of tax evasion.

#OpenToAll: BBPA announces 13-point pledge encouraging pubs and breweries to commit to diversity and inclusion

BBPA launches diversity and inclusion pledge

By Rebecca Weller

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has developed a 13-point pledge, #OpenToAll, encouraging pub and brewing businesses to ensure commitment to diversity and inclusion at the heart of their operations.

Recruitment crisis: Pubs and nightclubs are in desperate need of more door staff (Getty/mikeinlondon)

Security shortage: Sector in desperate need of door staff

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The sector desperately needs a “boost” in security staff, as the shortage of door workers worsens due to the cost of living crisis, festival season and fears of further closures, according to Get Licensed.

Celebrating diversity: Pub Pride will take place this Friday

Sector set to celebrate Pub Pride

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is calling on people to celebrate Pub Pride on 27 May as part of its Summer of Pub campaign to encourage pub-going over the summer months.

Facing danger: One in six students claim to have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue (Getty/ Peter Kade)

1 in 6 students say they have been spiked at nightlife venue

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

One in six students said they have had their drink spiked at a nightlife venue, with 80% believing venues were not doing enough to reduce the risk of spiking, the third edition of Stint’s The Students Sentiment Tracker revealed.

How to improve your range of soft drinks and sell more

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FEATURE: Go hard on capturing soft drinks sales

By Phil Mellows

It’s an old conundrum for the publican. You’d like to sell more soft drinks. You’d like to stock a bigger range. You’d like to offer your non-drinking customers something a little more interesting. In an ideal world. But as you may have noticed lately,...

Huge investment: the Aspall Cyder House upgrade has increased manufacturing capacity by almost 60%

Molson Coors ploughs £16m into Aspall Cyder

By Gary Lloyd

Molson Coors has invested £16m into Aspall Cyder through a three-year renovation project to the cider-making facility in Suffolk and a first-ever TV advert campaign.

Celebrating success: Outstanding contribution winners

Supply chain heroes celebrated at Pride of Greene King Awards

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Teams who went above and beyond to ensure pubs were well stocked and smoothly run during the unprecedented challenges of the past year were recognised at the annual Pride of Greene King awards last Wednesday (4 May).

Tipping battle: plans to allow sector staff to keep all tips were first spoken about in 2016 (credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Anger over plans to scrap tips law

By Gary Lloyd

Trade bodies have reacted angrily to national reports that plans to ensure hospitality staff get the tips they have earned have been axed.

New research: premium softs and cocktails are expected to improve on-trade sales (credit: Getty/Dean Mitchell)

Premium softs to drive on-trade sales says Britvic

By Gary Lloyd

Soft drinks are set to drive on-trade sales during 2022 with customers more likely to upgrade to a premium choice than ever before, according to Britvic's latest Soft Drinks Review.