Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Pubs

A breath of fresh air: DCMS confirms masks not required for arcades and FECs

mask rules DCMS confirmation
The industry has received confirmation from DCMS that England’s arcades and FECs are exempt from new government mask rules, but as has become normal practice, there are mixed returns north of the border.

“Record holiday park demand” drives Inspired Q3 revenue growth

Lorne Weil Inspired financial Q3 revenue growth
Inspired has reported a 29 percent increase year-on-year in third quarter revenue to £57.6m, citing “strong recovery in our Gaming and Leisure segments from prior year levels.”

Cautious spending for October pub-goers

Pubs October consumer spend
Pub-goers spent more cautiously in October due to rising concerns over household bills and the cost of Christmas, according to Barclaycard’s Consumer Spending Index.

Support welcome but reform needed for “sickly” pub sector

pub sector support
The pub sector needs a tax overhaul, according to Gavin Young, landlord of the Plough and Barleycorn on the Isle of Wight, who welcomed a reduction in beer duty and business rates in the recent budget - but emphasised that it’s not enough.

BBPA make Treasury demands ahead of Budget

BBPA treasury demands ahead of budget
The British Beer and Pub Association has held a “very productive” meeting with the Treasury ahead of the 27 October Budget, highlighting the £26bn contributed by the sector annually.

Reflex Gaming announce brand new game releases for ACOS

Reflex Gaming Desperate Dawgs ACOS
It’s going to be a stand for all seasons at ACOS this week, as Reflex bring their extensive portfolio of games reaching a wide range of operations to London. Topping that bill will be Desperate Dawgs, the company’s latest monthly release for the pub sector. Mat Ingram, CPO at Reflex Gaming, outlines what’s on offer.

Drinks sales holding up despite operational challenges

Drink sales holding up despite operational challenges
Saturday drinking has pushed the value of sales to within 5 percent of 2019 figures. But pubs keep a watchful eye over supply and staff shortages.

2020 claims almost 2,000 pubs and bars

2020 claims almost 2000 Pubs and bars
The Lumina Intelligence UK Pub and Bar Market Report 2021 has revealed that 1,930 venues across the pub and bar sector closed during 2020, as lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures heavily impacted trading

Pubs pondering a price rise on a plate and a pint

hospitality VAT
The government will start reining in the temporary reduction in VAT for the hospitality sector next week with the rate rising from 5 to 12.5 percent. And with it will come a probable rise in prices at pubs. That’s the signal from a small survey of publicans who say that they expect to increase the price of a pint and food.

BBPA hails success of National Hospitality Day

National Hospitality Day BBPA
The British Beer and Pub Association has estimated that over 18 million pints were served during National Hospitality Day on 18 September, after issuing a rallying call for pubgoers to support their local.

Blueprint celebrates successful summer with sales up 50 percent

Blueprint celebrates successful summer
Sales are up 50 percent on the same period in 2019, so it’s no wonder that the team at Blueprint Operations has a spring in its step and looking forward to the opportunity to host the industry at October’s ACOS.

Pubs are proving more resilient but six are still leaving the industry every week

An average of six pubs a week, totalling 384, ‘vanished’ between May 2020 and May 2021 - significant but still less than pre-pandemic times.

Jukeboxes show signs of a speedy return to pre-lockdown levels

Soundnet TouchTunes Jukeboxes signs return to pre-lockdown levels
Jukeboxes are bouncing back according to the latest data from music supplier Soundnet/TouchTunes. Average income figures are showing venues heading to within touching distance of the levels of March 2020. Toby Hoyte outlines the story behind the latest statistics.

Pubs lose £25m in beer sales over bank holiday, according to trade body

BBPA Pubs lose £25m beers sales over bank holiday
The BBPA is urging government to invest in the sector to help it bridge the gap in revenues and enable pubs to play a leading role in building back better.

BBPA Annual Dinner returns

BBPA Annual Dinner returns
The British Beer and Pub Association has announced the return of its Annual Dinner, with the event set to take place on 13 October at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London in Tower Bridge.

The sky is the limit” for OKTO’s cashless solution and the Merkur Group

OKTO.WALLET Simon Dorsen Matt Bicknell OKTO app
In a joint interview with Regal’s MD of operations and products, Matt Bicknell and OKTO’s gaming director, Simon Dorsen, Bicknell told Coinslot that he believes the sky is the limit for the fintech firm and Regal’s parent company, the Merkur Group UK, with Dorsen adding that the partnership puts OKTO well on the way to becoming the industry-standard cashless app.

Pubs still crawling: Thousands of licensed premises still in limbo following ‘freedom-day’ – but is worst of the crisis behind the sector?

pub closed market recovery monitor
More than 7,000 licensed premises have not yet returned after last month’s ‘freedom-day’, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

Not so full staff: Loss of 90,000 EU workers leaves big hole for UK hospitality sector to fill

After the crisis brought about by the government’s lockdown strategy, the broadly based hospitality sector finds itself facing another threat with workers pursuing alternative careers and a deficit of labour caused by the absence of EU citizens. Shouldn’t the Government eat some humble pie and make it easier for workers to return to Britain?

Spend at pubs and bars up by over 30 percent in July compared to 2019

Pubs and bars spend up 30 percent in July
Entertainment saw growth for the first time since the pandemic began, with pubs, bars and clubs experiencing a strong month, as a quarter of Brits admit to dipping into savings to make the most of post-lockdown life.

Sector to play lead role in high street recovery

Kate Nicholls UKHospitality high street regeneration
The government has unveiled a strategy that places hospitality and leisure at the heart of high street regeneration - is it at last taking the sector seriously and how to turn words into actions?

Johnson announces vaccine passport for nightclubs

Vaccine passport nightclubs
In what Night-Time Industries Association boss Michael Kill calls “yet another chaotic U-turn”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the government’s intention to implement a vaccine passport for nightclubs - and potentially for pubs. Anyone else on conveyor belt?

Test and trace causes havoc for hospitality as hundreds of venues forced to close

Test and trace hospitality business closed
The British version hit the streets this week as Test and Trace pinged thousands of self isolate notices to staff members at pubs and restaurants.

NSM Music sees sharp rise in subscriptions and jukebox sales ahead of Britain’s reopening

Alex Kirby NSM Music reopening sales
As Brits prepare to get back to the boogey in pubs, clubs and bars across the country, NSM Music have been as busy as ever supplying the beats and the boxes - including the company’s latest Curve model - to anticipation-filled operators as they prepare their venues for 18 months of pent-up party. Sales manager Alex Kirby talks to Coinslot about the return to action.

May sales slip 26 percent at managed pubs, restaurants and bars

Coffer CGA Business Tracker data
Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar groups recorded a 26 percent drop in total sales in May from the same month in 2019, the new edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.

Freedom day Delay: The national operator perspective

Sascha Blodau Merkur Slots Freedom Day Delay
The government has confirmed that it will delay the final lifting of lockdown restrictions for a further month. This will entail continued social distancing, capacity restrictions, Covid measures in venues, facemasks and home working. MERKUR UK’s Sascha Blodau answers some important questions.

Former Greene King boss eyes comeback with £200m pub deal

Former Greene King boss Rooney Anand eyes comeback
Hope of a post lockdown pub boom is driving a M&A spree, and Rooney Anand, a man who knows all about acquisitions, is in the swim.

BBPA calls for an end to restriction as 5 percent of all UK pubs remain closed despite indoor reopening

BBPA calls end restriction 5 percent UK pubs remain closed
The British Beer and Pub Association says all restrictions must be removed on June 21st for pubs to reopen and enhance their survival chances.

OKTO unlocks digital payments directly on to Regal gaming machines across UK pubs

Okto.wallet Regal Gaming UK Pubs
Regal Gaming has raised the bar for pubgoers with the introduction of OKTO.WALLET which allows machine players across the UK to make secure, cashless, mobile payments.

Non-stop diet of doom and gloom was reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984

Off The Record 1984 Non-stop diet of high street doom and gloom
Reflecting on the May 17 return to business, OTR highlights the sad decline of the high street and its impact on AGCs reliant on footfall, the claim that Covid ‘facts’ were exaggerated and why anti-vaxxers are on a par with drink drivers.

Blueprint ‘VExpo’ – the closest experience to being at a real exhibition

Blueprint VExpo
Blueprint has created a stunning 3D virtual exhibition event to showcase 20 new game titles, the complete debit card TITO solution from GeWeTe as well as the latest political, regulatory and legal insights from industry experts. Blueprint has confirmed details of its’ ‘VExpo’ which is being held Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th May.