Tag: Pubs

What’s a metre between friends? Johnson calls on scientists to review social distancing rules

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Former Conservative party leader Sir Iain-Duncan Smith has called for the government to relax proposed two-metre social-distancing guidelines for the hospitality sector, saying “flexibility” will be required in order to best kick-start the economy. And every centimetre matters; just 100 could save 20,000 pubs and the Prime Minister knows it.

Wetherspoon’s on re-opening front foot courtesy of £11m investment

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It’s fair to say the government is not moving with haste on the issue of re-opening pubs. The heart of the British high street is standing at the back of the queue at the moment, but that isn't stopping pub giant Wetherspoon from splashing the cash for when the doors finally open.

Social distancing rules causing grief for pubs ahead of lockdown easing

Social distancing pubs
Looking ahead to a prospective partial reopening in July, publicans are skeptical as to the feasibility of enforcing the government’s current two-metre social distancing guideline. So, what’s a few centimetres between friends? Quite a lot it seems.

More must be done, says BBPA

BBPA pub closed more must be done
New figures from the British Beer and Pub Association suggest that as many as 40 per cent of pubs are at risk of being put out of business by September, unless government intervenes on their behalf.

Is summer cancelled? Machines sector could be closed until Autumn

Machines Sector closed
As ‘Stay Home’ changes to ‘Stay Alert’, the amusement machines sector is expected to stay closed until Autumn despite a 4 July starting date for pubs and restaurants that can be “Covid-19 secure”. Summer is in danger of being cancelled, leaving the industry in need of extended and extensive support.

Some pubs to re-open (maybe) by early July, says Boris

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In what has been touted as some long-awaited good news for the shuttered pub sectors, the latest government guidelines could permit for certain pubs to re-open as early as July 4 - given they meet all requisite social distancing pre-requisites.

European bars could pave the way for UK pub reopening

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The Morning Advertiser has predicted that measures taken by European bars and restaurants in lifting lockdown could provide a template for how the UK pub industry reopens its doors

BBPA set out three week notice requirement to lift pubs out of lockdown

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If anyone thinks the country can charge up and get the economy running as soon as lockdown is ended, think again. The pub industry has issued a sober warning that supply chains can’t be turned on and off like a beer tap.

Bacta pours cold water on ‘pubs closed to Christmas’ story

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Bacta chief executive John White has described national media stories claiming that pubs will remain closed until Christmas as nothing more than ‘unhelpful speculation.’

Mitchells & Butlers furlough 99 percent of 46,000 staff

Mitchells & Butlers Furlough Staff
Mitchells and Butlers has furloughed 99 percent of its 46,000 staff, according to a statement released on 14 April, as well as cutting basic pay for all employees, according board members, by 60 to 80 percent.

Calling time: Hurry up on grants, says pub trade

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Some of the leading voices in the UK’s pub industry are lobbying government to step-up both the speed and scale of grants made available to shuttered pubs..

High streets and pubs face-off against landlords

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The gloves are off. Some landlords are getting nasty at failed rent payments and heading to court and winding up orders to get their Covid-19 hit tenants out.

Double whammy could force closure of independents

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The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has described the Chancellor’s decision to collect March’s Beer Duty payments as a ‘huge blow for the UK’s small independent brewers’ and incredibly disappointing.

Digital and analogue appeal is key to countering Cat C stagnation

Quentin Stott Reflex Gaming Cat C
The needs of Cat C players are growing more diverse with each coming year, something which Reflex Gaming’s wide range of digital and analogue products..

Bacta: War-time level of support required

Bacta War-time level of support required COVID-19
John White has said he and the rest of the Bacta staff are burning the candle at both ends in trying to secure unprecedented relief measures for a time of unprecedented health crisis

Prismatic: Polished, perfected, and still performing

Prismatic Cat C cabinets
Following the release of new content, cabinets, and infills at EAG in January, Astra Games has shown its commitment to polishing all sides of its already market-leading Prismatic range.

Betcom’s branded games are growing the cash box!

Betcom Beat the Banker Cat C
Betcom continues to deliver some of the best licences on the market. Simon McCarthy explains the story behind the Deal or No Deal phenomenon.

And so the band plays on…

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Across the country, leisure businesses are staring down the barrel of the COVID-19 gun, and pondering their futures with a mixture of fear, anger..

Rate of pub closures slows in cities, but not at seaside

Pub closures slows but not seaside
Closures of licensed premises across the UK have slowed to their lowest rate since March 2018, but where growth hotspots such as Manchester and Liverpool are thriving, seaside towns such as Blackpool are still seeing a 10 percent exodus.

BBPA calls for more action as government announces pub rate relief

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The BBPA has hailed the government’s announcement that 18,000 pubs will benefit from a £1,000 business rate relief as “great news,” but adds..

Ackord warns of “detrimental” development plans

Ackord development plans
A scheme to restructure the roads around Brighton’s seafront has been met with stinging criticism from local stakeholders, who say the resulting..

Pubs committed to tackling under-18 gambling in face of Commission warnings

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With the majority of randomly selected pubs failing to pass compliance tests conducted by the Gambling Commission and local authorities, the sector has..

Greene King to be sold to Hong Kong operator CKA

Greene King Hong Kong
Enthused by a weak pound and the pub sector’s recession-proof characteristics, CKA, owned by one of the richest families in Hong Kong, has snapped..

BT Sport announces new pub initiative

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BT Sport have announced a new free BT Sport Sprint Team service which is available for both new and existing pubs and clubs customers. Following on from last season's successful BT Sport Google Digital Garage programme, BT Sport have created an enhanced and new free service to help customers make the most of their BT Sport subscription. The BT Sport...

Customers expect cashless commerce, even on Cat C

Two Cherries cashless Cat C
Two Cherries Technologies’ Howard Gant explains that while pubs have been hit hardest by the exponential decline of cash transactions, AGC and bingo clubs..

Fight not over for BBPA despite positive pub figures

BBPA Fight positive pub figures
The BBPA has stated the industry “cannot be complacent,” despite a recent report from Altus Group highlighting a 44 percent decline in pub closures..

No deal Brexit to be “avoided at all costs” says BBPA

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Both on-trade and off-trade beer sales were up throughout the third quarter of 2018 - but the BBPA insists that the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is already punishing the hard-pushed pub sector. The sale of beer throughout the country grew by over 4 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, but Brexit uncertainty has driven some customers to...

Pubs falling short of policing underage fruit machine play, says regulator

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The Gambling Commission has called on the pub sector to take action following a recent study which indicates a rise in underage gambling in drinking establishments. A new study by the Gambling Commission estimates that only just over 10 percent of English pubs actively intervene to stop underage players from accessing gaming machines.

Carving a niche: The new challenge for the pub landlord

As pubs increasingly try to be all things to all people, new research suggests that it is in carving out a specific niche that the pub-landlord best positions his venue for high-returns. The latest research on British market trends from research firm the Mintel group shows significant disparity between demographics of customers: older drinkers seek a more traditional pub experience,and...

UK roundup: Yorkshire coastlines, tourism, and British pubs

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Concerns raised over coastal BID Concerns have been raised over a business improvement district designed to help boost the east Yorkshire coastline. Later this year more than 1,700 tourism businesses will go to ballot over the project but some in the industry have voiced worry about the impact of paying another levy on top of business rates. Industry awaits NI tourism...