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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.

2% alcohol duty cut could give budget £1.5bn boost

15-Dec-2014 - A 2 per cent alcohol duty cut could boost public finances by £1.5bn in 2015, according to an Ernst & Young report launched alongside the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s...

Allergen regulation: Time’s up

12-Dec-2014 - The much-anticipated EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force on 13 December. BigHospitality looks at what is changing, and the impact of the new law on the industry.

Report blames government policy for pub closures

10-Dec-2014 - Government policies such as the smoking ban, alcohol duty escalator and VAT are to blame for the closure of more than 6,000 pubs in the past eight years, according to...

Half of operators still ‘uncertain’ about allergen legislation

09-Dec-2014 - Only one third of hospitality businesses feel 100 per cent ready for the legislation coming into force this Saturday (13 December), according to a survey commissioned by technology supplier Caternet.

Autumn Statement 2014: What it means for hospitality

03-Dec-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne reiterated the government’s support for small businesses in his 2014 Autumn Statement yesterday.

Hospitality sector ‘pleased’ with Autumn Statement announcements

03-Dec-2014 - The hospitality industry generally welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcements about business rates and the abolition of National Insurance contributions for young apprentices in the 2014 Autumn Statement, but expressed doubts...

News in brief

Powers of entry code to be introduced next year

02-Dec-2014 - The Government has confirmed that the long-awaited powers of entry code will come into force next year.

Government clarifies personal licence renewal rules

01-Dec-2014 - The Home Office has published guidance clarifying the rules around personal licence renewals for early next year.

No change to licensing powers of entry, rules Home Office

28-Nov-2014 - The Home Office has ruled that police and licensing authorities should retain all existing powers of entry granted under the Licensing Act.


Graham Corfield on Just Eat and allergen labelling

27-Nov-2014 - Graham Corfield is the UK managing director of Just Eat. He tells BigHospitality what impact the upcoming allergen labelling regulations are having on restaurants.

Compulsory Living Wage could put over 200,000 hospitality jobs at risk

19-Nov-2014 - Making the Living Wage compulsory could cost UK businesses £4bn, the equivalent of 213,247 jobs in the hospitality sector, according to a Greater London Assembly (GLA) member.

MPs' pubco vote divides industry

19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Hotels losing out on search engine advertising

12-Nov-2014 - Hotels could be missing out on direct bookings as a significant portion of trademark brand advertising on search engines is taken by online travel agencies (OTAs), according to research by...

Government pledges £10m to promote tourism in the north of England

06-Nov-2014 - Hospitality bodies have welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s announcement that the government will give £10m through the Regional Growth Fund to boost tourism in the North of England.

FSA urges consumers to check food hygiene ratings this Christmas

06-Nov-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is using the festive period to boost public awareness about food hygiene ratings after research revealed that four in ten UK diners never check the...

Tribunal ruling on holiday pay gets mixed reactions from industry

05-Nov-2014 - A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay has left experts unsure of the effect it will have on the hospitality industry. 

Industry warns against calorie labelling on alcohol

03-Nov-2014 - The licensed trade has warned that displaying calorie labels on alcohol in pubs and bars could encourage people to skip food in favour of booze.

Former Tourism Minister calls for VisitEngland refocus

30-Oct-2014 - Former Tourism Minister and MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose has said VisitEngland should be independent from VisitBritain and gradually move away from government funding.

Modern Slavery Campaign appeals to hospitality industry

27-Oct-2014 - The Home Office has launched the Modern Slavery Campaign to raise awareness of potential victims across a number of large industries, including hospitality.

Three new hospitality apprenticeship standards in development

24-Oct-2014 - Apprenticeship standards for commis chefs, chefs de partie and hospitality team members are being developed as part of phase three of the government’s apprenticeship trailblazer programme.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Government urged to protect short-term accommodation customers

20-Oct-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has urged the government to include quality safeguard measures to its reform of the law governing planning permissions for short-term lets.