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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.

What does the Autumn Statement mean for hospitality?

23-Nov-2016 - The Autumn Statement has received a lukewarm response from the hospitality industry after the Chancellor offered help for rural businesses, but failed to cut tourism VAT.

Business rate appeal block could cost small businesses £700m

21-Nov-2016 - The Government's plan to stop businesses appealing against incorrect business rates calculations could cost small businesses more than £700m, hospitality, retail and SME lobby groups have warned. 

Brexit could boost VAT Campaign, says new letter to 40 MPs

17-Nov-2016 - Brexit could have a positive effect on the hospitality VAT Campaign, a letter from the Campaign to 40 Conservative MPs has said.

Government to probe rights of ‘gig economy’ staff

27-Oct-2016 - The rights of ‘on-demand’ workers such as Deliveroo drivers are to be reviewed as part of a new Government low pay inquiry.

Leon to challenge 'Superfood Salad' name ban

26-Oct-2016 - Leon could be forced to change the name of its ‘Original Superfood Salad’ after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) ruled that the product broke marketing laws.

Restaurant fined £5k for blocking sewers with fat

11-Oct-2016 - Restaurants are being reminded to dispose of fats carefully after a restaurant in Codsall, near Wolverhampton, was fined more than £5k for blocking nearby sewers with fat, oil and grease. ...

Hospitality businesses to provide evidence for seaside towns inquiry

08-Sep-2016 - Owners of hospitality and tourism businesses in seaside towns are being asked to help MPs with an inquiry into the problems facing these areas. 

Chefs call on London Mayor to ban polystyrene food packaging

24-Aug-2016 - A group of chefs and food writers including Ed Baines, Mark Hix and Theo Randall have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban polystyrene packaging - "the scourge of...

Employing hospitality staff legally: What you need to know about the Immigration Act 2016

18-Aug-2016 - Byron received unwanted media attention last month after it helped the Home Office organise an immigration raid on some of its staff who were found to be working illegally in...

The Apprenticeship Levy: What hospitality employers need to know

16-Aug-2016 - Last week the Government published its proposals for a new funding model for apprenticeships and details around its controversial Apprenticeship Levy. 

Deliveroo says controversial pay-per-delivery plan is optional

15-Aug-2016 - Restaurant delivery service Deliveroo has responded to the controversy over its new rider pay-per-delivery plan, saying the new plan is optional and has only been offered as a trial in...

Suzy Lamplugh Trust issues safety advice to hospitality staff

08-Aug-2016 - Stay aware of colleagues’ behaviour, use a staff ‘buddy system’, and limit the personal information given to guests – that’s the main workplace safety advice for hospitality businesses, according to...

Pubs codes introduction signals 'end of period of uncertainty'

21-Jul-2016 - Three new voluntary codes of practice for pubs have been welcomed by industry bodies on the day new statutory regulation of the UK’s larger pub companies comes into force. ...

The Scotsman Hotel “continuing to trade” despite HMRC liquidation

07-Jul-2016 - The Scotsman Hotel will continue to trade throughout its liquidation process and is seeking a long-term solution to its administration, its liquidator has said.

EU Allergen laws: Foodservice operators told it's 'business as usual'

06-Jul-2016 - The owners of foodservice businesses are being urged to continue to abide by the EU's allergen labelling laws despite the UK's intention to leave the EU. 

Brexit: Hospitality employers could face 'staggering' costs to recruit non-UK staff

05-Jul-2016 - Hospitality employers could be faced with 'staggering' costs to recruit and retain staff from outside the UK once it leaves the EU, an immigration lawyer has warned. 

House of Lords launches inquiry in to 2003 Licensing Act

04-Jul-2016 - A House of Lords Committee is to launch an investigation in to the success of the 2003 Licensing Act this week.

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...