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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.

Warning over employment checks as government doubles fines for illegal workers

22-Jul-2014 - As the government cracks down on illegal workers, hospitality employers have been urged to carry out stringent right-to-work checks on potential staff.

Banks are failing SMEs, finds competition watchdog

18-Jul-2014 - Banks are failing to provide the service and value that small and medium-sized (SME) businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels need to thrive, according to a new report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Money for nothing: SMEs in dire straits over compliance costs

15-Jul-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and pubs are facing rising regulatory costs despite government promises to cut red tape, the Forum of Private Business has warned.

Raymond Blanc backs Cut Tourism VAT campaign

14-Jul-2014 - Celebrity chef and hotelier Raymond Blanc is supporting the campaign to cut VAT on accommodation and attractions in the UK.

Industry pledges to stock lower ABV house wines

10-Jul-2014 - Pubs and bars have agreed to stock house wines below 12.5 per cent ABV and promote lower-alcohol products to customers as part of the government’s campaign to tackle the £21bn a year cost of drink-related harm.

Cut Tourism VAT campaign hits Westminster

02-Jul-2014 - Campaigners drove a ‘mobile beach’ from Downing Street to Parliament Square as part of the ongoing campaign to cut UK tourism VAT to 5 per cent.

Give Us A Break: New campaign to cut tourism VAT

30-Jun-2014 - The Sun newspaper has launched a campaign calling on Chancellor George Osborne to cut VAT on hotel accommodation and attractions to 5 per cent.

Government bans exclusivity clauses on zero-hour contracts

25-Jun-2014 - The government’s announcement that zero-hour contracts would not be banned, but that exclusivity clauses would have to be removed, has been met with mixed reactions in the hospitality industry.

Pubs and restaurants urged to take action over fire risk

19-Jun-2014 - Many small businesses, including restaurants and pubs, are ‘playing Russian roulette with fire safety’ by failing to carry out appropriate risk assessments, according to a new survey.

Hospitality industry welcomes visa changes for Chinese visitors

17-Jun-2014 - The government’s decision to streamline UK visa applications from Chinese nationals has been welcomed by the hospitality industry.

Hospitality businesses 'named and shamed' for failing to pay minimum wage

09-Jun-2014 - A pub, a restaurant and two hotels were among 25 businesses ‘named and shamed’ by the government for paying staff less than the legal minimum wage.

Recruitment is the biggest barrier to hospitality growth, experts warn

06-Jun-2014 - The biggest challenge for hospitality businesses is not financing or regulation, but finding the right people, according to experts speaking at the Hospitality & Tourism Summit on 5 June.

Government sets up Tourism Council to boost growth

06-Jun-2014 - The government has announced the formation of a Tourism Council which will see regulators and industry work together for the growth of the UK hospitality and tourism trade.

Manifesto for change: ALMR outlines key policies to encourage growth and jobs

04-Jun-2014 - In the wake of the government's announcement on a new statutory code for pubs, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has called for more action to encourage growth and increase jobs in the licensed hospitality trade.

Queen’s Speech: Hospitality round-up

04-Jun-2014 - BigHospitality looks at the key announcements made in the Queen’s Speech on 4 June and how they affect the hospitality industry.

Hotel planning relaxations reflect industry divide

04-Jun-2014 - The government’s decision last month to relax planning controls for hotels wanting to convert to a school, academy or nursery is reflective of a profitability divide within the industry.

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Pubs in Wales now able to open later for England’s World Cup games

02-Jun-2014 - The government has now laid legislations to allow Welsh licensees to apply for a temporary event notice for England games in this summer’s World Cup, waiving the nominal fee.

Hospitality businesses get generous on pensions to improve staff retention

28-May-2014 - Small and medium-sized hospitality businesses are looking at increasing their contributions in employees’ pension schemes to help with recruitment and staff retention.

FSA publishes draft guidance on new EU allergen laws

28-May-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published draft guidance to help small and medium-sized food businesses- including pubs, hotels, bars and restaurants - comply with new allergen laws.

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Campaigners call for pub reform

15-May-2014 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has collected over 42,000 signatures in a petition urging the government to reform pub policies.

Restaurants step up preparations ahead of EU allergen labelling law

12-May-2014 - With the EU’s top 14 allergens labelling laws coming into effect in December 2014, efforts are being made across the industry to cater for customers with food allergies and intolerances, but more needs to be done.

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Hospitality industry encouraged to lobby MPs for VAT reduction

02-May-2014 - The Jacques Borel VAT Club is encouraging restaurant, bar, pub and hotel operators to lobby their local MPs over a VAT reduction in the sector by producing a letter template for their use.

High rents fuelling London dining scene creativity

01-May-2014 - London’s chefs are getting increasingly creative to get around the city’s crushing real estate costs, permanently changing the whole dining experience, according to chefs and food critics.

Attack of the TripAdvisors: Should review websites allow anonymity?

25-Apr-2014 - Review website TripAdvisor has reiterated that blackmail from customers is ‘strictly against guidelines’ after a Yorkshire-based restaurateur claimed reviewers were threatening to leave negative comments unless they received a free meal at one of his outlets.

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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