Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
06-Feb-2014 - After years of industry campaigning, Parliament will next week hold a debate on VAT rates for tourism and hospitality.
05-Feb-2014 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to extend Small Business Rate Relief to March 2015, which will avoid a £3.4m bill for thousands of pubs across Wales – as campaigned for by the industry’s Better Rates for Pubs campaign.
03-Feb-2014 - The government has made a U-turn on World Cup licensing, and will consult on whether to extend pub opening hours during the football tournament this summer.
03-Feb-2014 - Heston Blumenthal’s two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Dinner has shut up shop for a week following an outbreak of norovirus affecting members of staff and guests.
31-Jan-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) and hotels will now be able to offer greater discounts on online bookings after an investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into competition practices.
31-Jan-2014 - The Premier league has begun its crackdown on foreign football broadcasts in pubs, with one landlord forced to pay out £65,000 in legal costs after a ruling in the High Court.
28-Jan-2014 - Restaurant, pub and hotel owners have welcomed the news that the Government will be reducing red tape and cutting business rates for small businesses, but say more could be done to encourage growth across the sector.
24-Jan-2014 - Restaurants, pubs and hotels must make more of an effort to meet diners’ health and lifestyle demands, according to market analysts Horizons.
23-Jan-2014 - The Career Colleges Trust has received an 'overwhelming' level of support from the hospitality industry and educators within the field, according to its chief executive, who says they see the new educational centres as a way towards solving the skills crisis affecting the sector.
22-Jan-2014 - A petition calling for the introduction of a ‘Pubs Watchdog’ has almost reached its target of 35,000 signatures following yesterday’s debate on pubco reform.
22-Jan-2014 - The continued use of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) is contributing to the increased commoditisation of certain areas of the hotel industry, with hoteliers now having to work harder to add a point of difference and focus on ‘value’ rather than price.
22-Jan-2014 - As the new year gets rolling, now is the perfect time for hotels, restaurants and pubs to determine the key developments that will impact their business in 2014. This short audio podcast, taken from Christie & Co's annual Business Outlook, should help you to ensure you're on the right track for the year ahead.
21-Jan-2014 - Labour's attempt to force the government to introduce legislation establishing a statutory code for pubs in the Queen’s Speech was rejected by Parliament during yesterday’s opposition day debate.
20-Jan-2014 - Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants will be £100m worse off if the Government goes ahead with plans to hike alcohol taxes in this year’s Budget.
16-Jan-2014 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has hit back at a study which claims pubs and nightclubs are routinely breaking a law which prevents them serving alcohol to drunk people.
16-Jan-2014 - Hotel safety auditors Check Safety First have launched a new service which will allow hotel companies to better manage consistency across their brands.
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