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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.

Mandatory Scores on the Doors will affect 43,000 businesses

07-Feb-2017 - More than 43,000 restaurants and catering businesses across England could be affected when a law to make it compulsory for places that serve or sell food to display their food...

BHA: Uncertain times mean UK hospitality must be competitive

31-Jan-2017 - Uncertain political and economic times mean it is more important than ever that the UK hospitality and tourism industry can compete, Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association...

Beware workplace dress codes: Businesses risk fines, new MPs report says

25-Jan-2017 - Businesses and employers should ensure they know the rules regarding dress code and gender laws, or risk fines, a new government report has recommended.

Restaurant chains' sustainable fish use rises but diners still unsure

20-Jan-2017 - High street restaurant chains have been commended for their increasing use of sustainable fish and seafood, but still need to increase information given to diners, a new report has concluded.

Industry to Theresa May: make immigration system flexible

18-Jan-2017 - Tourism trade association UKinbound is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to create an immigration system that is ‘flexible’ to the needs of the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors as well...

Hospitality: Proposed £1,000 fee for EU workers 'very worrying'

12-Jan-2017 - The industry has called proposals to charge British employers £1,000 for every worker they employ from the European Union following Brexit, 'very worrying' with concerns the move will add huge...

Government reveals 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying minimum wage

11-Jan-2017 - The 10 most bizarre excuses for not paying staff minimum wage have been revealed by the Government, as it launches a £1.7m campaign to ensure workers know how much they...

BHA welcomes Government rural broadband investment plan

23-Dec-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will invest in broadband technologies in rural areas.

Hospitality urged to put safety first at fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve

21-Dec-2016 - Hospitality businesses have been advised to follow strict safety guidelines this New Year’s Eve when inviting the public to any fireworks displays or events.

Sector leaders pen letter to PM highlighting key issues

19-Dec-2016 - More than 20 chief executives and business leaders from the UK’s leading eating and drinking­ out chains have penned a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to...

Michel Roux Jr scraps tipping at Le Gavroche

15-Dec-2016 - Michel Roux Jr, owner with his family of the two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche restaurant in London’s Mayfair, is to scrap tipping in favour of including a service charge on all...

MPs asked to tackle rural tourism challenges post-Brexit

14-Dec-2016 - MPs are being asked to consider the challenges facing hotels and other tourism businesses situated in the countryside as the organisation representing them contemplates how rural tourism will be supported...

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. ...