Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.
14-Oct-2014 - The community pub sector faces a £15m rise in business rate bills unless the government takes immediate action, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned.
13-Oct-2014 - Health experts have called for tough new pressures on fast food outlets and restaurant chains to tackle the obesity epidemic in the UK.
13-Oct-2014 - The Welsh government wants to force restaurants to print a statement encouraging consumers to find out their food hygiene rating on all takeaway and catering menus.
10-Oct-2014 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned that despite growing economic potential, the pub and bar industry could suffer from the continued hike in legislation costs.
03-Oct-2014 - The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge that a future Conservative government would cut income tax for low paid workers.
26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.
24-Sep-2014 - Over 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK cut their prices by at least 7.5 per cent on 24 September to show the positive impact reducing VAT to 5 per...
22-Sep-2014 - Ed Miliband's pledge to increase increase minimum wage by more than 25 per cent over five years if Labour wins the next general election could be potentially disastrous for hospitality businesses,...
19-Sep-2014 - As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.
18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.
18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.
16-Sep-2014 - Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.
15-Sep-2014 - Andy Murray’s Cromlix House hotel claims it has fixed the problem that caused its Chez Roux restaurant to fail a food hygiene inspection earlier this year.
12-Sep-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to refund the cost of thousands of Chinese visas to boost inbound tourism and strengthen relations between the UK and China.
10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.
08-Sep-2014 - Trade union Equity is calling on pubs and bars to host more live music, comedy and theatre events.
08-Sep-2014 - Thousands of pubs and restaurants across the UK will slash food and drink prices on 24 September to highlight the benefits of cutting hospitality VAT.
04-Sep-2014 - The government is set to create a Food Crime Unit following the recommendations published today in the Elliott review of the horsemeat scandal.
01-Sep-2014 - The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into competition practices in the commercial catering sector.
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.
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).
20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.
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.
19-Aug-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Think has dismissed reports that the firm had been placed into administration.
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.