Business rates relief still not paid out by 46 councils

13 Dec 2017

A £300m pot of business rates relief for small companies has still yet to be distributed by 46 councils.

Council plans crackdown on restaurants offering delivery

13 Dec 2017

Westminster City Council is planning to force restaurants to seek planning permission if their deliveries reach too high a volume.


Sugar reduction is key trend for 2018

12 Dec 2017

The impact of healthy eating trends coupled with the upcoming tax on sugary drinks next year, is prompting businesses to consider how they can reduce the sugar content in their food and drink.

Khan challenged on pub development proposals

30 Nov 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to ensure his guidance on development of surplus land at pubs is fair to operators wanting to invest in their properties.

Khan to crack down on pub developments

28 Nov 2017

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is to urge planning authorities to resist applications to redevelop areas directly connected to pubs.

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Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

Tim Martin on Boris Johnson

29 Sep 2017

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin writes in defence of Boris Johnson and says those attacking him for perceived falsehoods in his campaign to quit the EU have often been guilty of peddling fake news themselves.

Brexit – protecting EU workers

25 Aug 2017

With the clock ticking on Britain’s exit from the EU, concerns are mounting over the impact on the nation’s hospitality sector. Rose Carey, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, reports

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the ALMR, chairs a panel of late night bar operators discussing the future of the sector

Budget shows sector voices are being heard

10 Mar 2017

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, dissects the details of this week’s Budget announcements and its impact on the sector.

Verdicts on first year of pubs code

21 Jul 2017

After years of fierce arguments, some surprising twists and a few false starts, the pubs code came into force on 21 July 2016. A year on and tenanted and leased pub companies have told MCA of their frustration at the impact it has had on their relationship with tenants but have pledged their continued support for the model. James Wallin reports

What do planning changes mean for operators?

12 May 2017

Significant changes to the way the planning system treats pubs, as part of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, come into force later this month. Here, British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds explains how operators will be affected.

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