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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.

Government calls for restaurant tips information for investigation

01-Sep-2015 - The Government is asking for information on how tips are collected and distributed in restaurants as part of an investigation into what it calls the 'abuse of tipping' within the sector. ...

Five tips for managing tips

27-Aug-2015 - With tipping practices back in the spotlight, BigHospitality speaks to Lydia Christie, senior associate at law firm Howard Kennedy who suggests five ways restaurant groups can check that their policies...

70% of hospitality operators foresee negative impact of National Living Wage

17-Aug-2015 - More than 70 per cent of restaurant and pub operators believe the introduction of the National Living Wage for the over-25s next year will have a negative impact on their...


What legal issues to consider before opening a pop-up

10-Aug-2015 - Amanda Hurst, associate in the real estate team at Weightmans LLP, discusses the legal issues to consider when opening a pop-up restaurant or bar.


How to deal with fake online reviews

03-Aug-2015 - Nigel Tait, managing partner at law firm Carter-Ruck , discusses the steps pub, restaurant and hotel owners can take when faced with fake or libellous online reviews.

Record breaking first quarter for English tourism

29-Jul-2015 - Tourism in England reached record highs in the first quarter of 2015, according to new figures released by tourism board VisitEngland.

Tourism industry welcomes Government’s five point plan

20-Jul-2015 - The tourism industry has responded positively to David Cameron’s five point plan for the tourism sector.


How to avoid costly hidden liabilities when acquiring a lease

13-Jul-2015 - Stuart Darlington, partner real estate at Michael Simkins LLP and author of A Tenant’s Practical Guide to Commercial Leases, talks through the steps operators should follow when acquiring a commercial lease. ...

Why it makes sense to tackle food waste

09-Jul-2015 - Summer can be a lucrative time of year for pubs, restaurants and hotels, but the warm weather can also bring issues with food waste when left out for too long. ...

Summer Budget 2015: Hospitality industry mulls 'considerable impact' of compulsory Living Wage

08-Jul-2015 - Introducing a compulsory Living Wage will have a 'considerable impact' on the hospitality industry, trade bodies have warned with employers facing higher wage bills and greater administration. 

Summer Budget 2015: National Living Wage to be introduced in 2016

08-Jul-2015 - All UK businesses will have to pay workers a National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour from next April, Chancellor George Osborne has announced. 

Allergy UK launches accreditation scheme for hospitality businesses

02-Jul-2015 - Allergy UK has launched an accreditation scheme for foodservice operators which it says will help them better cater for customers with food allergies.


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...