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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.

Positive tourism backdrop for new Culture Secretary

10-Apr-2014 - The hospitality and tourism sector has welcomed Sajid Javid into his new role as Culture Secretary, with Maria Miller’s replacement coming in at a time when the 'staycation' trend remains strong and international visitor spend has hit record levels. 

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New regulations for collecting societies clarify the legal rights of bars and restaurants

08-Apr-2014 - New regulations for collecting societies will offer greater clarity for bars, pubs and restaurants which use copyrighted works in their businesses. 

Hospitality’s employment challenge: Are we approaching the ‘workforce cliff?

04-Apr-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Women 1st have unanimously agreed with recent comments by McDonald’s chief people officer that the industry faces a future of stunted growth unless employers do more to attract young people.

Extra time: Pub hours extended for World Cup matches

01-Apr-2014 - The Government has taken heed of the overwhelming pressure from the British pub industry to allow venues to stay open late during England's World Cup matches. 

World Cup countdown: Will pub licensing hours be extended?

27-Mar-2014 - With the Home Office’s consultation on extended licensing hours for the 2014 World Cup ending this week, managed pub and bar operator TCG is looking to make the most of the summer tournament, with a host of marketing activity to drive footfall from international fans.

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Final preparations for Community Pubs Month 2014 underway

25-Mar-2014 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is stepping up preparations for Community Pubs Month, which will run across the UK in April.

Government retains personal licences

24-Mar-2014 - Pubs across the UK can breathe another sigh of relief as the Government has finally decided to abandon plans to scrap personal alcohol licences.  

Budget 2014: George Osborne scraps alcohol duty escalator

19-Mar-2014 - Pubs across the UK can breathe a big sigh of relief today as Chancellor George Osborne has once again scrapped the punitive escalator for all alcohol duties and cut another penny off the price of a pint of beer in his 2014 Budget announcement. 

Budget 2014: Key points and reaction

19-Mar-2014 - Following the delivery of the 2014 Budget by Chancellor George Osborne earlier today, BigHospitality caught up with some of the key organisations representing pubs, hotels and restaurants as well as individual operators for their reaction.

VisitEngland launches Government-backed flood recovery campaign

19-Mar-2014 - VisitEngland is today (19 March) launching a £2m Government funded campaign to support businesses affected by the recent severe weather and to drive holiday bookings in England.

Tax Equality Day to highlight benefits of VAT cut

19-Mar-2014 - Campaigners are once again asking restaurants and pubs to slash prices on food and drink for a day in September to highlight the benefits of a VAT cut.

Budget 2014: What can we expect from George Osborne?

19-Mar-2014 - The Chancellor George Osborne will today present 'a Budget for a resilient economy'. But with further calls for another beer duty cut and a reduction in VAT, hospitality professionals will undoubtedly be among those watching most closely.

Report highlights growing importance of wine and spirits to on-trade drinks sales

18-Mar-2014 - Sales of wine and spirits are on the rise in pubs, bars and restaurants, according to the latest research by CGA Strategy.

Pension auto-enrolment: Hospitality checklist

11-Mar-2014 - With major changes gathering pace in the world of workplace pensions, BigHospitality has spoken to a number of industry experts to give you everything you need to know to ensure a smooth transition into the automatic enrolment scheme.

Liberal Democrats pledge to protect British pubs

10-Mar-2014 - The Liberal Democrats have pledged to take action to protect British pubs, adopting a range of pro-pub policies at the party's Spring conference.

Lighting up: K West becomes first UK hotel to welcome e-cigarettes

05-Mar-2014 - K West Hotel & Spa in London is expecting to save £28,000 in cleaning costs this year thanks to a new partnership with a leading e-cigarette brand. 

Last orders: Call to action as UK pub closures increase

03-Mar-2014 - The number of pub closures in the UK has risen from 26 to 28 every week, prompting yet more calls for another beer duty freeze and the introduction of a new ‘Pubs Watchdog’.

2014 beer duty cut: Benefits clear for independent brewers

26-Feb-2014 - The argument to once again scrap the controversial beer duty escalator in next month’s Budget has been bolstered by the fact that the local brewing sector is now ‘thriving’ following last year’s cut. 

Camera shy: Should food photos be banned from restaurants?

21-Feb-2014 - Snap-happy foodies taking pictures of their meals with smartphones has become a common sight for restaurants worldwide, but for some chefs the practice has become a nuisance; disrupting the ambiance and often doing the presentation of the food an injustice. 

Hospitality industry welcomes Government support for storm-struck businesses

18-Feb-2014 - Hotels, restaurants pubs and tourist attractions situated in areas affected by the extreme weather have welcomed the Government’s new £10m support scheme to help put businesses ‘back on their feet’.

Treasury rejects VAT cut despite cross-party support

11-Feb-2014 - Treasury minister David Gauke has rejected a call for tourism VAT to be cut to 5 per cent, despite 28 MPs from all parties gathering to support the measure during today’s Commons debate. 

Blackpool's licensing committee votes against EMRO

10-Feb-2014 - Blackpool Borough Council’s licensing committee has voted against the imposition of an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) in the town centre.

Energy price hikes: Restaurants feel the heat as costs soar

10-Feb-2014 - The inflation-busting price hikes announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms last year have hit hospitality businesses hard, with 90 per cent of restaurateurs claiming rising energy costs have forced them to reassess menu prices.

Supermarket sweep: Expanding stores call last orders on hundreds of pubs

07-Feb-2014 - With 18 pubs closing every week across the UK, new research from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has found that two of those pubs are being converted to supermarkets, despite objections from local residents. 

Parliament to debate hospitality and tourism VAT

06-Feb-2014 - After years of industry campaigning, Parliament will next week hold a debate on VAT rates for tourism and hospitality.

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