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Tentative optimism: hospitality closures slow (Credit: Getty/ Richard Drury)

Closures down by half in Q1 2024 vs 2023

By Rebecca Weller

Closures across the hospitality sector slowed from eight sites a day in 2023 to four a day in the first quarter of 2024, figures from CGA by NIQ and AlixPartners has revealed.

More time: operators have a few more days before the deadline for entries closes

Deadline for 2024 GBPA extended

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pubs up and down the country now have more time to enter this year’s Great British Pub Awards as the deadline has been extended.

Business change: Rekom UK will now be named Neos Hospitality (image: Getty/John M Lund Photography Inc)

Rekom UK splits from group owner

By Nikkie Thatcher

Nightlife business Rekom UK has separated from its owner, Rekom Group and has been renamed Neos Hospitality.

Back of the net: score big with the Euro 2024 tournament (credit: Getty/Aksonov)

FEATURE - Euro 2024

FEATURE: Know the score with the Euros

By Matt Eley

Once the final whistle is blown on the domestic football season, the attention of fans will quickly veer to Euro 2024.

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BEER REPORT 2024

Experts give comment for the Beer Report 2024

By The Morning Advertiser

If you want to know the beer trends to follow, the prices of the best-selling beers across Great Britain and how experts are seeing the future of the beer market for the on-trade – look no further.

Must attend: the next MA Leaders event is happening in Cardiff on 16 May

Stellar speakers lined up for MA Leaders Cardiff

By Nikkie Thatcher

We’re heading to the capital and largest city of Wales – Cardiff next month (Thursday 16 May) for the MA Leaders Club conference and we can now reveal a flavour of the agenda.

Energy update: Nationwide Energy lays out what's happening with the utility market (image: Getty/FroYo_92)

UTILITY UPDATE WITH NATIONWIDE ENERGY

Utility sector update

By Nationwide Energy

In the last week, commodity costs peaked on Tuesday and have since fallen back. Israel's striking Iran on Thursday night, maintains the risk of a widening Middle East conflict.

Great British Pub Awards 2024 cash prize and new category

GBPA 2024

Cash prize and new category for GBPA

By Ed Bedington

Cash prizes are up for grabs for Community Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards, courtesy of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

Business plan: the strategy aims to return the company to profitability

Revolution Bars sets out restructuring plan

By Hannah Currie, MCA

Revolution Bars Group has revealed more details of its restructuring plan and future strategy, which it says comes in response to a series of external challenges affecting the business.

Licensees: publicans Chris Walsh and Beccy Keddie are dealing with extra costs

Rising costs hurting small pub businesses

By Gary Lloyd

Improving trade but ever-escalating bills is an issue several pubs are experiencing three years after sites were allowed to start serving again after the pandemic forced the on-trade to close its doors.

Cask thoughts: Tim Bird met with Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt off the back of his previous opinion article on The MA

OPINION

OPINION: Pubs cannot afford to fail the ale test

By Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Inns

It has been a busy time since my last ‘Opinion’ article when I shared my concerns that, as an industry, we are at times a little too ‘doom and gloom’ and raised the question as to whether we are asking Government for too many things to help our cause.

Estate numbers: Punch has around 1,300 pubs across the UK

Punch expands its growing estate

By Nikkie Thatcher

Punch Pubs & Co has acquired a trio of Leicestershire pubs from Steamin' Billy into its leased and tenanted division.

Financial results: despite losses, RedCat has seen turnover more than double (credit: Getty/PeopleImages)

RedCat posts £31m loss

By Gary Lloyd

RedCat Pub Company has posted a pre-tax loss of £31m for the year in its latest annual report.

Alastair Scott talks about improving on Mother's Day

OPINION

OPINION: Mum’s the word

By Alastair Scott, owner of Malvern Inns and CEO of S4labour

During the past 10 years, we have been trying to get Mother’s Day right and I am still not sure we have.

Sector impact: UKH boss Kate Nicholls says hospitality continues to suffer as collateral damage in the rail dispute (image: Getty/ coldsnowstorm)

Train strikes to hit sector for £387m

By Nikkie Thatcher

Industrial action on train services this weekend (Friday 5 April to Monday 8 April) is estimated to cost the hospitality industry £387m.

Legal update: while there is no legislation going through parliament currently, there is a proposed draft bill (image: Getty/petekarici)

LICENSING HUB - LEGAL WITH POPPLESTON ALLEN

Martyn’s Law – Where are we now?

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

I thought I would provide a brief update on Martyn’s Law (also known as the Protect Duty) – proposed legislation to impose a legal requirement on publicly accessible venues to consider the threat from terrorism and to implement proportionate measures.

Publican Awards 2024 Best Pub Operations Team winner

PUBLICAN AWARDS 2024

Publican Awards Best Pub Operations Team winner: Heartwood Inns

By The Morning Advertiser

The judges were impressed by Heartwood Inns’ innovative approach to its operational structure, adopting a dual approach, with separate teams for the core estate and the new openings that are coming on stream at a rate of knots.