United Kingdom

Praise: WSTA chief executive Miles Beale lauded the growth

Number of distilleries up thanks to gin boom

By Nikkie Sutton

The registration of new distilleries rose by almost a fifth (17%) last year, according to a report from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association WSTA), which is based on data from HM Revenue & Customs.

Fined: any business showing live TV needs a licence

TV licence fine for Sussex landlord

By Liam Coleman

The former operator of the Cock Inn in Southwater, West Sussex, has faced punitive charges totalling £370 for not having a TV licence.

Crisis call: securing the rights of existing staff may avoid a labour shortage

Brexit: employers concerned as future of EU workers remains unclear

By Michelle Perrett

Article 50 will be triggered today and the official countdown to Britain leaving the EU will begin in earnest, but the detail that is worrying most who work in the pub trade is the crisis in waiting around the residency and working rights of foreign employees...

EU workers rights to stay post-Brexit remain uncertain

MPs pass Brexit Bill leaving EU workers in limbo

By Claire Churchard

The rights of EU workers to stay in the UK after Brexit remain uncertain after parliament passed the bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 to leave the bloc.

Rise: overseas sales of gin are on the up

Gin exports will hit £500m this summer

By Nikkie Sutton

Overseas sales of British gin were worth almost half a billion pounds last year and the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has predicted exports of the tipple will hit £500m by this summer.

Accusation: Tim Martin says economists have misunderstood the EU situation for 30 years

Tim Martin calls EU predictions 'catastrophically poor'

By Michelle Perrett

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has accused economists, politicians and intellectuals of failing to understand the implications of leaving the EU, while JD Wetherspoon reports positive results.

Top tips: British diners find the tipping culture awkward


Diners confused over tipping

By Michelle Perrett

More than half (54%) of British diners find the UK tipping culture awkward, the latest AA survey has revealed.

Honorary membership: Will Conway, centre, with Mike Clist, left, and Graham Evans


All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group joins BII

By Michelle Perrett

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) is to be kept up to date on pub trade issues through membership of the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

People relied on soft drinks as herbal remedies at one point in our history

In association with CCEP

How soft drinks started

By Nicholas Robinson

Softs have played an important role in society for centuries, but their history and value is too often overlooked. There’s a lot more to soft drinks than first meets the eye.

Partnership: trade bodies have backed the campaign to reduce VAT for the trade


VAT Campaign: Brexit could reduce VAT

By Nikkie Sutton

Britain's decision to leave the European Union could bolster the arguments for reducing VAT on the hospitality industry, campaigners have claimed. 

Signed up: pubs minister Andrew Percy

British Pub Week

MPs show support for British Pub Week

By Liam Coleman

Pro-pub politicians have been showing their support for the great British pub at a British Pub Week event in central London.

London calling: Manchester United boss José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge

TV Sport

Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge

By Liam Coleman

A Rugby triple header on Saturday and a Football double on Sunday dominate the weekend's sport to show in the pub.

ALMR's Nicholls: tax set to increase cost burden for pubs

Sugar tax 'won’t solve UK obesity crisis'

By Daniel Woolfson

A coalition representing thousands of small businesses has called on the Government with a new campaign to ditch former Chancellor George Osborne’s tax on soft drinks.  

Greene King Leisure Tracker Olympics pub

Greene King Leisure Tracker

More than a third to watch Olympics in the pub

By Oli Gross

More than a third of people are planning to watch the Rio Olympics at the pub, this month’s Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker revealed.

Brexit 'could benefit UK craft brewers'


Brexit 'could benefit UK craft brewers'

By Daniel Woolfson

Leaving the EU could prove advantageous to the UK’s booming craft brewing industry, leading analysts have claimed. 

Recession fears over Brexit vote

EU Referendum

Recession fears over Brexit vote

By Mike Berry & Nikkie Sutton

Licensees have expressed concern about the impact of Brexit on their pubs as senior trade figures called on the government to act quickly to reassure businesses and consumers.

Licensee threatened over EU flag

EU Referendum

Licensee threatened over EU flag

By Nikkie Sutton

A licensee has been threatened over an EU flag which was up in the beer garden of the pub. 

How do you solve the problem of showing every sport in your pub?

Summer of sport

How do you solve the problem of showing every sport in your pub?

By Sky Sports

If you pay a visit to the Claddagh Ring you’ll be greeted with a broad range of live sports showing on the venue’s 12 plasma screens, from football and rugby to horse racing and GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association) sports.

Pub sales soar thanks to Euro 2016


Pub sales soar thanks to Euro 2016

By Nikkie Sutton

UK pubs saw a rise in revenue over the first weekend of Euro 2016 in comparison to an average June weekend.