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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.

Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs

28-Aug-2014 - Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

26-Aug-2014 - The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Imported egg warning in wake of salmonella outbreak

19-Aug-2014 - Caterers have been urged to avoid imported eggs in the wake of a national Salmonella outbreak that has so far been linked to a restaurant, takeaway and hospital.

Think Apartments denies administration reports

19-Aug-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Think has dismissed reports that the firm had been placed into administration.

Pensions Regulator warns hospitality industry to act

13-Aug-2014 - The Pensions Regulator is urging hotels and restaurants to act now to ready themselves for automatic enrolment, following the publication of the regulator’s first quarterly compliance bulletin.

Five tips to cut the cost of regulatory compliance

07-Aug-2014 - The Forum for Private Business has published advice which could help small- and medium-sized hospitality businesses cut the cost of complying with regulatory changes.

Why the CMA’s verdict on OTA hotel pricing could be a game changer

31-Jul-2014 - Skyscanner’s appeal on the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to cut short an investigation of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs)’ hotel pricing practices could lead to a rebalancing of the hotel-OTA relationship.

Allergens: Half of venues still unaware of law

25-Jul-2014 - Almost half (44 per cent) of foodservice operators are still unaware of the allergen laws due to be implemented this coming December, according to research by Unilever Food Solutions.

Warning over employment checks as government doubles fines for illegal workers

22-Jul-2014 - As the government cracks down on illegal workers, hospitality employers have been urged to carry out stringent right-to-work checks on potential staff.


Recruitment: A 5-step legal guide

21-Jul-2014 - Aside from the challenge of attracting, selecting and keeping the right candidates, recruitment brings a range of legal risks hospitality businesses should be aware of. 

Banks are failing SMEs, finds competition watchdog

18-Jul-2014 - Banks are failing to provide the service and value that small and medium-sized (SME) businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels need to thrive, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Money for nothing: SMEs in dire straits over compliance costs

15-Jul-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and pubs are facing rising regulatory costs despite government promises to cut red tape, the Forum of Private Business has warned.

Raymond Blanc backs Cut Tourism VAT campaign

14-Jul-2014 - Celebrity chef and hotelier Raymond Blanc is supporting the campaign to cut VAT on accommodation and attractions in the UK.

Industry pledges to stock lower ABV house wines

10-Jul-2014 - Pubs and bars have agreed to stock house wines below 12.5 per cent ABV and promote lower-alcohol products to customers as part of the government’s campaign to tackle the £21bn a year cost of drink-related harm.

Cut Tourism VAT campaign hits Westminster

02-Jul-2014 - Campaigners drove a ‘mobile beach’ from Downing Street to Parliament Square as part of the ongoing campaign to cut UK tourism VAT to 5 per cent.

Give Us A Break: New campaign to cut tourism VAT

30-Jun-2014 - The Sun newspaper has launched a campaign calling on Chancellor George Osborne to cut VAT on hotel accommodation and attractions to 5 per cent.

Government bans exclusivity clauses on zero-hour contracts

25-Jun-2014 - The government’s announcement that zero-hour contracts would not be banned, but that exclusivity clauses would have to be removed, has been met with mixed reactions in the hospitality industry.

Pubs and restaurants urged to take action over fire risk

19-Jun-2014 - Many small businesses, including restaurants and pubs, are ‘playing Russian roulette with fire safety’ by failing to carry out appropriate risk assessments, according to a new survey.

Hospitality industry welcomes visa changes for Chinese visitors

17-Jun-2014 - The government’s decision to streamline UK visa applications from Chinese nationals has been welcomed by the hospitality industry.

Hospitality businesses 'named and shamed' for failing to pay minimum wage

09-Jun-2014 - A pub, a restaurant and two hotels were among 25 businesses ‘named and shamed’ by the government for paying staff less than the legal minimum wage.

Recruitment is the biggest barrier to hospitality growth, experts warn

06-Jun-2014 - The biggest challenge for hospitality businesses is not financing or regulation, but finding the right people, according to experts speaking at the Hospitality & Tourism Summit on 5 June.

Government sets up Tourism Council to boost growth

06-Jun-2014 - The government has announced the formation of a Tourism Council which will see regulators and industry work together for the growth of the UK hospitality and tourism trade.

Manifesto for change: ALMR outlines key policies to encourage growth and jobs

04-Jun-2014 - In the wake of the government's announcement on a new statutory code for pubs, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called for more action to encourage growth and increase jobs in the licensed hospitality trade.

Queen’s Speech: Hospitality round-up

04-Jun-2014 - BigHospitality looks at the key announcements made in the Queen’s Speech on 4 June and how they affect the hospitality industry.

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