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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.

People 1st launches new apprenticeship campaign

11-Nov-2015 - Workforce development charity, People 1st, has launched a new campaign to help hospitality companies understand and prepare for 2016’s apprenticeship shake-up, while benefiting from greater staff retention and profitability.

Proceed cautiously over tipping legislation Government warned

11-Nov-2015 - The Government has been urged to 'proceed cautiously' with any legislative changes around tipping as its consultation into tipping practices comes to an end. 

Paul adopts Living Wage early

30-Oct-2015 - French bakery and café brand Paul has increased its staff wages to the National Living Wage ahead of its introduction in April.


How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

26-Oct-2015 - Following last month's decision by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) to close its investigations into rate parity agreements between hotels and online travel agents (OTAs), Charles Livingstone, a partner at...

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

21-Oct-2015 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for the Government to take action against restaurants and hotels who do not disclose how tips and service charges are distributed among staff...

Hotel chains support police fight against child sexual exploitation

14-Oct-2015 - International hotel chain Radisson Blu Hotels and Resorts has announced its support for a police initiative to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in hotels, taxis and other businesses.


Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

12-Oct-2015 - With the busy festive season upon us, Robert Botkai of Winckworth Sherwood recaps the law around the sale of alcohol to ensure operators can protect their licences. 

Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

01-Oct-2015 - An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according...

Plans submitted to turn Chesterfield Co-op into hotel and restaurant space

30-Sep-2015 - Plans have been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council to turn the former Co-op department store in the town into a hotel and leisure space. 

Relax immigration laws to help address chef shortage, says recruiter

28-Sep-2015 - The chef shortage problem could be eased temporarily by relaxing Britain's immigration laws to allow a 'freer movement of chef talent' around the globe, the director of hospitality recruitment company...


Six steps to assigning a restaurant or pub lease

28-Sep-2015 - Paul Davey, managing director of Davey Co, talks through how restaurant and pub owners can assign the lease on their properties if they want to move on. 

Political support builds for Cut Tourism VAT campaign

22-Sep-2015 - Political support for Cut Tourism VAT's campaign to reduce VAT on domestic tourism from 20 per cent to 5 per cent is growing with The Liberal Democrats becoming the first...

Parliamentary event to highlight importance of hospitality to the economy

16-Sep-2015 - A reception is being held at Parliament today (Wednesday) to highlight the importance of the hospitality and tourism industries to the British economy. 

Restaurants reminded of duties to blind diners

15-Sep-2015 - Restaurant staff are being reminded of the Disability Discrimination Act after an incident in Liverpool saw a blind teenager removed from a restaurant for bringing her guide dog with her.

ASK Italian and Zizzi remove tips administration charges

07-Sep-2015 - Azzurri Group, operator of Zizzi and ASK Italian, is to follow PizzaExpress in removing the 8 per cent administration fee on tips made by electronic card payments from November this year.

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VAT Club proposes staggered tax reduction

02-Sep-2015 - The hospitality VAT cut campaign has put forward a plan to the Government for a staggered reduction in the level of the tax for hospitality businesses.

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. ...