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Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero to investigate after faecal matter found on ice

28-Jun-2017 - Costa Coffee has been forced to update its ice handling guidelines, and Caffe Nero and Starbucks to launch their own investigations, after traces of faecal matter were found in the...

The AMLR welcomes PM details on post-Brexit EU worker rights

26-Jun-2017 - Details revealed by Prime Minister Theresa May on safeguarding EU workers’ rights after Brexit have been welcomed by the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers (AMLR).

WSTA calls for "full Brexit divorce" and warns of a "breakdown" in talks

19-Jun-2017 - The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on the Government to negotiate a "full divorce settlement" for Brexit, to allow the wine and spirit industry to prepare for...


Everything you need to know about playing music in restaurants

30-May-2017 - Do you know the laws on playing music in your restaurant? Read PPL's sound advice on how to comply with music licensing laws.

Restaurants urged to apply for business rates relief

25-Apr-2017 - A £300m relief fund set up to help operators hit by rising business rates is now available for local councils to share out, the government has said.

Italian Lessons: The CEO of the Jamie Oliver Group on Brexit, PR, and pizza

05-Apr-2017 - With the demise of its Union Jacks brand and the furore over its comments about Brexit, Jamie’s Italian is taking some strong learnings into the coming years. We spoke to...

Licensing Act in need of 'radical overhaul'

04-Apr-2017 - The 2003 Licensing Act is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and in need of a complete overhaul, according to a House of Lords Committee.

Zuma London wins High Court name battle against pet food company

29-Mar-2017 - Zuma, the London restaurant opened in 2002 by chef Rainer Becker, has won its court case against a pet food company using the Zuma name.

Browns Brasserie & Bar achieves gluten-free Coeliac UK accreditation

28-Mar-2017 - Browns Brasserie & Bar, the 25-strong UK restaurant group, has achieved Coeliac UK accreditation for its newly-launched gluten-free menu.

UK small businesses admit to struggling with financial management

22-Mar-2017 - One in five (22%) UK small businesses admits to struggling with day-to-day financial management, a new survey has found.

BHA welcomes quicker food hygiene re-inspections

20-Mar-2017 - Restaurants can now have their food hygiene rating re-evaluated as soon as they make improvements, rather than waiting months or years, in a move welcomed by the British Hospitality Association...

“Women paid more” hospitality stats don’t apply to restaurants or pubs

17-Mar-2017 - Statistics showing that women earn more than men in hospitality do not apply to restaurants or pubs.

Hospitality expert cautiously welcomes National Insurance U-turn

16-Mar-2017 - A hospitality specialist has commended the Chancellor’s U-turn on National Insurance contributions for self-employed people, but warned industry workers to watch out for replacement taxes or cuts.

Zero hours contracts reach record high, but hospitality fares well

03-Mar-2017 - The number of workers in Britain on zero hours contracts (ZHCs) has reached a record high at 910,000 people, although hospitality is not the worst affected sector.

Eating out could see 35.5 per cent spend boost if VAT drops in Spring Budget

01-Mar-2017 - The restaurant and eating out sector could benefit from increased consumer spend if a reduction in VAT is announced in the Spring Budget, says a new report. 

Mandatory Scores on the Doors will affect 43,000 businesses

07-Feb-2017 - More than 43,000 restaurants and catering businesses across England could be affected when a law to make it compulsory for places that serve or sell food to display their food...

BHA: Uncertain times mean UK hospitality must be competitive

31-Jan-2017 - Uncertain political and economic times mean it is more important than ever that the UK hospitality and tourism industry can compete, Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association...

Beware workplace dress codes: Businesses risk fines, new MPs report says

25-Jan-2017 - Businesses and employers should ensure they know the rules regarding dress code and gender laws, or risk fines, a new government report has recommended.

Restaurant chains' sustainable fish use rises but diners still unsure

20-Jan-2017 - High street restaurant chains have been commended for their increasing use of sustainable fish and seafood, but still need to increase information given to diners, a new report has concluded.

Industry to Theresa May: make immigration system flexible

18-Jan-2017 - Tourism trade association UKinbound is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to create an immigration system that is ‘flexible’ to the needs of the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors as well...

Hospitality: Proposed £1,000 fee for EU workers 'very worrying'

12-Jan-2017 - The industry has called proposals to charge British employers £1,000 for every worker they employ from the European Union following Brexit, 'very worrying' with concerns the move will add huge...

Government reveals 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying minimum wage

11-Jan-2017 - The 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying staff minimum wage have been revealed by the Government, as it launches a £1.7m campaign to ensure workers know how much they...

BHA welcomes Government rural broadband investment plan

23-Dec-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will invest in broadband technologies in rural areas.

Hospitality urged to put safety first at fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve

21-Dec-2016 - Hospitality businesses have been advised to follow strict safety guidelines this New Year’s Eve when inviting the public to any fireworks displays or events.

Sector leaders pen letter to PM highlighting key issues

19-Dec-2016 - More than 20 chief executives and business leaders from the UK’s leading eating and drinking­ out chains have penned a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to...