Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.
03-Dec-2013 - London-based street food organization KERB has announced that all of its members will become part of the Nationwide Caterer’s Association (NCASS) in a bid to improve public confidence in the safety of food sold on the streets.
26-Nov-2013 - David Cameron has vowed to support upcoming young chefs in the UK’s ethnic restaurant sector, but the Prime Minister admitted that the difficulties importing skilled chefs from the Indian subcontinent will take some time to solve.
21-Nov-2013 - The inflation-busting price rises announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms are set to hit the hospitality industry hard this winter, with 67 per cent of business owners claiming they will no longer meet their growth targets due to the punitive energy costs.
21-Nov-2013 - Restaurant The High Chapparal in Greenwich has been fined more than £12k for two breaches of the Licensing Act.
19-Nov-2013 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is urging the Government to protect the existing Personal Licence system, with almost all of the organisation’s members claiming the removal of the need for licences would harm the trade’s professional reputation.
15-Nov-2013 - The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has this week launched ‘Foodsave’, a new scheme to help foodservice businesses maximise profits by reducing food waste and diverting surplus food away from landfill and towards useful purposes.
14-Nov-2013 - TGI Friday's has reported it has received a five - the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) highest food hygiene rating - at all 60 of its restaurants.
12-Nov-2013 - Restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers and householders should view food waste as a ‘valuable resource’ and adopt new measures to prevent the millions of tonnes of leftover and surplus food being sent to landfill each year, a new report has claimed.
07-Nov-2013 - Small businesses in the restaurant, hotel and pub sectors are being reminded about the Government's new Employment Allowance which comes into force next April.
06-Nov-2013 - A number of pub, hospitality and drinks trade associations have joined together to ask the Government to re-think its plans on abolishing personal licences.
04-Nov-2013 - The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is calling on the Government to offer greater flexibility on licensing hours for the World Cup 2014, with some games set to kick off as late as 11pm UK time.
01-Nov-2013 - Bramwell Pub Company, the 185-strong managed pub operator, has fallen into administration with rival firm Stonegate already in ‘advanced talks’ to acquire around 80 of the better performing sites.
01-Nov-2013 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs paying employees less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) could be at serious risk of damaging their reputation and losing business, says the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) after research showed that 80 per cent of people would not use a company if it paid staff less than the current rate.
31-Oct-2013 - The Government’s announcement that it is putting the development and implementation of apprenticeships at the hands of employers has been welcomed by People 1st, but the sector skills council fears that the models developed in other sectors will not be relevant for hospitality businesses.
31-Oct-2013 - Fair Deal for Your Local - the campaign group that demands a halt to the exploitation of licensees by large pubcos - has written a letter to Business Secretary Vince Cable insisting a ‘market-rent-only’ (MRO) option for pub tenants is a simple, moderate and gradual way of splitting profits.
29-Oct-2013 - Days after iconic Soho restaurant The Gay Hussar was put up for sale, owner Corus Hotels has announced it will be selling off sister venue, Elena’s L’Etoile in Charlotte Street.
29-Oct-2013 - A petition has been launched urging retailers of ‘pop-up’ premises to be able to qualify for three months business rates relief, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.
28-Oct-2013 - Whether you are taking your restaurant from ‘pop-up to permanent’, starting an innovative new hotel concept or planning to open a new chain of destination bars, law firm Pitmans has provided seven top tips for entrepreneurs looking to avoid any legal pitfalls.
22-Oct-2013 - The BBPA, Camra, FLVA, BFBI and BISL have today joined forces to urge the Government to extend the Small Business Rate Relief beyond April 2014.
21-Oct-2013 - The ONE Group, owners of international restaurant group STK, has announced plans to further expand the premium steakhouse brand within major cities across the UK after attracting $44.3m (£27.3m) of new investment.
18-Oct-2013 - Licensed hospitality businesses may be hit with an increase in business rates that could cost the sector up to £58m, after figures released earlier this week revealed that the Retail Price Index (RPI) has risen to 3.2 per cent.
16-Oct-2013 - Retailers have today welcomed decisions from three local authorities to ‘see sense’ and vote against the imposition of Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) on licensed premises.
14-Oct-2013 - Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that visa applications for Chinese visitors to the UK will be simplified has been welcomed by hospitality and tourism organisation’s alike, after years of campaigning about the issue.
09-Oct-2013 - Thirty-three of the UK's hospitality and tourism associations, including the British Hospitality Association and the Tourism Alliance, have joined together to put pressure on political parties to include the industry within in their manifestos ahead of the next general election.
08-Oct-2013 - Travelodge has written to 124 councils in England and Wales to ask them to consider working together to secure low-interest Government loans to help build hotels on surplus land.
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