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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

01-Oct-2015 - An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according...

Plans submitted to turn Chesterfield Co-op into hotel and restaurant space

30-Sep-2015 - Plans have been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council to turn the former Co-op department store in the town into a hotel and leisure space. 

Relax immigration laws to help address chef shortage, says recruiter

28-Sep-2015 - The chef shortage problem could be eased temporarily by relaxing Britain's immigration laws to allow a 'freer movement of chef talent' around the globe, the director of hospitality recruitment company...

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Six steps to assigning a restaurant or pub lease

28-Sep-2015 - Paul Davey, managing director of Davey Co, talks through how restaurant and pub owners can assign the lease on their properties if they want to move on. 

Political support builds for Cut Tourism VAT campaign

22-Sep-2015 - Political support for Cut Tourism VAT's campaign to reduce VAT on domestic tourism from 20 per cent to 5 per cent is growing with The Liberal Democrats becoming the first...

Parliamentary event to highlight importance of hospitality to the economy

16-Sep-2015 - A reception is being held at Parliament today (Wednesday) to highlight the importance of the hospitality and tourism industries to the British economy. 

Restaurants reminded of duties to blind diners

15-Sep-2015 - Restaurant staff are being reminded of the Disability Discrimination Act after an incident in Liverpool saw a blind teenager removed from a restaurant for bringing her guide dog with her.

ASK Italian and Zizzi remove tips administration charges

07-Sep-2015 - Azzurri Group, operator of Zizzi and ASK Italian, is to follow PizzaExpress in removing the 8 per cent administration fee on tips made by electronic card payments from November this year.