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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 hospitality businesses need to know about trademarking

29-Jun-2015 - Joe Covill, partner at Adams & Remers LLP looks at the issue of trademarking in the hospitality industry and outlines what you need to do to protect your brand

BHA welcomes streamlining of visa process for Chinese tourists

22-Jun-2015 - A new visa procedure making it easier for Chinese tourists to enter the UK has been welcomed by the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Make business rates fairer, Government urged

21-May-2015 - A leading trade body and an independent adviser have called on the Government to make business rates fairer to small businesses.


How changes to employment law could affect your hospitality business

18-May-2015 - Shivali Chaudhry  a solicitor at Hamlins LLP, explains how recent changes to employment law and holiday pay could affect businesses in the hospitality industry and suggests ways to mitigate risk. ...

Bar and nightclub operators join together to launch Night Time Industries Association

27-Apr-2015 - Operators from within the bar, nightclub and restaurant sectors have come together to form a new trade association which aims to be 'The Voice of the Night Time Industries'.

Budget 2015: Mixed news for the hospitality industry

18-Mar-2015 - The 2015 budget brought good news for pubs across the UK, with a reduction in duty on beer, cider and spirits, but failed to mention a cut in Tourism VAT.

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New hospitality apprenticeship standards approved

17-Mar-2015 - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has approved five new apprenticeship standards for hospitality that will expand the range of options available to young people.

House of Lords report calls for introduction of minimum unit pricing

06-Mar-2015 - The House of Lords has recommended tighter regulation on the consumption of alcohol, including introducing minimum unit pricing, a variable tax rate in line with alcoholic strength and mandatory rules...

Chefs urged to check supply chain after nut traces found in cumin and paprika

02-Mar-2015 - Chefs in restaurants, hotels and pubs using spices and spiced products in dishes are being urged to run extra checks with their suppliers after traces of almond protein were found...

Licensed operators welcome minimum wage recommendations

24-Feb-2015 - Licensed operators have welcomed the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendation to increase the minimum wage by 3 per cent this year.


ALMR and BII back Budget Drop the Duty campaign

24-Feb-2015 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have both backed the ‘Drop the Duty’ campaign which calls for a 2% cut in wine and...

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Hugo Taylor supports FSA Valentine's Day campaign

05-Feb-2015 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has teamed up with former Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor to encourage consumers to check food hygiene ratings before booking a restaurant this Valentine’s...

BBPA renews call for beer duty cut to support industry's 870,000 jobs

05-Feb-2015 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has renewed calls for a cut in beer duty at the next Budget after a report it commissioned showed that the brewing and...

Diner's death is 'wake-up call for industry'

04-Feb-2015 - The death of a woman, who had a suspected allergic reaction after eating at a Manchester restaurant, is a wake-up call to restaurateurs to embrace new allergen laws....

MPs vote against bid to tighten pub planning laws

26-Jan-2015 - A Parliamentary vote to stop pubs being converted or demolished without planning permission has been narrowly defeated.

Labour children's food plan: Concerns of additional bureaucracy for hospitality

19-Jan-2015 - Industry bodies have warned politicians against creating additional bureaucracy for the hospitality sector after Labour outlined plans to make high levels of fat, sugar and salt in children’s food illegal...

Employers raise concerns over Government direct apprenticeship funding plans

14-Jan-2015 - The Government has conceded “further design work” is necessary in its bid to give employers direct control of apprenticeship funding after a public consultation raised concerns over cost and extra...

General election 2015: what it could mean for hospitality

14-Jan-2015 - The outcome of the general election on 7 May is the most unpredictable in decades, but the main political parties are starting to set out policies that could affect the...

Refreshed calls to cut VAT now tourism is 'important export industry'

07-Jan-2015 - Cut Tourism VAT, the campaign set up to put pressure on the Government to lower the VAT rate for tourism and hospitality businesses in the UK to 5 per cent,...

Political parties urged to support hospitality in election year

06-Jan-2015 - Political parties are being urged to support the hospitality industry during the election year and recognize the important role it plays in the economy.

Dining trends 2014: more intolerances, fewer vegetarians

23-Dec-2014 - The number of diners reporting lactose or gluten intolerance has risen in 2014, while the number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen, according to data collected by...

BHA calls for political change in 2015

22-Dec-2014 - The chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Ufi Ibrahim, has called on the hospitality industry to continue to push for policy change next year.

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...