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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.

Brexit Hospitality Summit: Hospitality's fears and how it can face up to them

28-Jun-2016 - Brexit has sent shockwaves across the hospitality industry, but operators attending the British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Hospitality and Tourism Summit have been urged to embrace change and see the potential...

Brexit opens up opportunities for hospitality says BHA

28-Jun-2016 - Britain leaving the EU could have a positive impact on the UK's hospitality and tourism sectors, according to the chairman of the British Hospitality Association (BHA). 

Trade urged to check allergen procedures after restaurateur's manslaughter verdict

24-May-2016 - Foodservice operators are being urged to check processes and procedures around allergen compliance after a restaurant owner was found guilty of and jailed for manslaughter following the death of one...

Cutting tourism VAT could end UK's £13bn trade deficit

11-May-2016 - The British Hospitality Associtaion (BHA) has ramped up calls for the Government to cut the rate of tourism VAT to fix the UK’s increasingly dire trade deficit.

Government tipping report cautiously welcomed by hospitality groups

03-May-2016 - Hospitality groups have welcomed the Government recommendations that restaurants and bars should not take deductions from staff tips, and that all tips left by customers should be collected directly by...

Lords report recommends greater transparency for OTAs and reviews websites

21-Apr-2016 - A report by the House of Lords is calling for an urgent investigation into the way online platforms, such as online travel agents (OTAs) and reviews websites are allowed to...

Drake & Morgan racist bill slur: How your business can avoid PR disaster

30-Mar-2016 - Cocktail bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan has confirmed it has dismissed a staff member for gross misconduct after a racial slur was found on a customer’s bill. ...

Budget 2016: Sugar tax, business rate relief, beer duty freeze

16-Mar-2016 - Chancellor George Osborne announced a range of measures to help hospitality businesses, including a freeze in beer duty, business rates support and a rise in the corporation stamp duty threshold in...

Welcome Break to pay ALL staff National Living Wage

01-Feb-2016 - Motorway service operator Welcome Break has said it will pay all its employees the National Living Wage from 1 April, regardless of their age to help 'attract the best people'. 

DWP works with BHA to put spotlight on hospitality jobs

14-Jan-2016 - The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) this month to help promote opportunities and jobs within the hospitality industry. 

Industry responds to business rate appeal consultation

06-Jan-2016 - Hospitality trade bodies the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have responded to the Valuation Office Agency’s consultation on the business rates...

A year in hospitality: 2015 in pictures

23-Dec-2015 - As 2015 almost comes to a close we take a look-back at the stories shaping the hospitality industry this year. 

Drinking venues slump on underage drinking tests

11-Dec-2015 - Drinking venues across the UK are performing badly in the fight against underage drinkers, according to research by Serve Legal, an independent auditing body of age-restrictive sales.

ALMR: E-cigarette ban in Wales ‘unhelpful’

11-Dec-2015 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has accused the Welsh Government of being ‘unhelpful’ after its decision to amend plans for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places, and...

Tourism Industry Council to help implement Government’s tourism plans

11-Dec-2015 - Hilton Worldwide, along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced the launched the Tourism Industry Council in the new Parliament.

JD Wetherspoon admits data breach

04-Dec-2015 - JD Wetherspoon has become the latest hospitality business to admit that some customer and staff data, including credit and debit cards, names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, and dates of...

ALMR calls for ‘healthy options not harmful taxes’

01-Dec-2015 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has asked the Government to consider the impact of the sugar tax on pubs and bars and that the tax alone is unlikely...

Sugar Tax: Report urges Government to ‘wake up’ and take action

30-Nov-2015 - The Government Health Select Committee has urged MPs to take action and introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, although it has expressed concerns that the hospitality industry could  ‘absorb’...

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

11-Nov-2015 - Workforce development charity, People 1st, has launched a new campaign to help hospitality companies understand and prepare for 2016’s apprenticeship shake-up, while benefiting from greater staff retention and profitability.

Proceed cautiously over tipping legislation Government warned

11-Nov-2015 - The Government has been urged to 'proceed cautiously' with any legislative changes around tipping as its consultation into tipping practices comes to an end. 

Paul adopts Living Wage early

30-Oct-2015 - French bakery and café brand Paul has increased its staff wages to the National Living Wage ahead of its introduction in April.


How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

26-Oct-2015 - Following last month's decision by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) to close its investigations into rate parity agreements between hotels and online travel agents (OTAs), Charles Livingstone, a partner at...

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

21-Oct-2015 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for the Government to take action against restaurants and hotels who do not disclose how tips and service charges are distributed among staff...

Hotel chains support police fight against child sexual exploitation

14-Oct-2015 - International hotel chain Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts has announced its support for a police initiative to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in hotels, taxis and other businesses.


Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

12-Oct-2015 - With the busy festive season upon us, Robert Botkai of Winckworth Sherwood recaps the law around the sale of alcohol to ensure operators can protect their licences.