Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.
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...
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.
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...
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.
03-Dec-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne reiterated the government’s support for small businesses in his 2014 Autumn Statement yesterday.
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...
02-Dec-2014 - The Government has confirmed that the long-awaited powers of entry code will come into force next year.
01-Dec-2014 - The Home Office has published guidance clarifying the rules around personal licence renewals for early next year.
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.
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.
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.
19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.