UberEats to continue as normal

22 Sep 2017

UberEats, the food delivery arm of Uber, is expected to continue to operate as normal in London despite the news that its private hire operator licence in London would not be renewed next month

Average price for pint of bitter breaks £3 barrier

21 Sep 2017

The average price of a pint of bitter in Britain’s pubs has broken through the £3 barrier for the first time

Operators weigh in on Brexit consequences

19 Sep 2017

More than 100 businesses, including Adnams, Charles Wells, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, St Austell and wagamama, have urged Brexit negotiators to be pragmatic or risk the “inevitable consequences for jobs and growth”.

Complaints about dirty restaurants & food fraud up nearly 25%

19 Sep 2017

Complaints about dirty restaurants and food fraud leapt by near quarter in the year to March 2017

Brigid Simmonds, Chris Guyver and Kate Nicholls

VAT cut for sector ‘could be Brexit sweetener’

15 Sep 2017

Chris Guyver, the lobbyist running the VAT Campaign, has predicted that a cut for hospitality businesses is likely to be one of the “positive messages” the Government will unveil as the UK leaves the EU.

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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.

Consumption is the mother of all mix-ups

24 Mar 2017

Chris Snowdon, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, was one of the guest speakers at MCA’s FD Leaders Club yesterday. He discussed the ongoing campaign by the anti-alcohol lobby to pressurise the Government into further regulation despite overwhelming evidence that consumption has been falling for years.

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