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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.

Three new hospitality apprenticeship standards in development

24-Oct-2014 - Apprenticeship standards for commis chefs, chefs de partie and hospitality team members are being developed as part of phase three of the government’s apprenticeship trailblazer programme.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Government urged to protect short-term accommodation customers

20-Oct-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has urged the government to include quality safeguard measures to its reform of the law governing planning permissions for short-term lets.

Protect pubs by freezing business rates, says BBPA

14-Oct-2014 - The community pub sector faces a £15m rise in business rate bills unless the government takes immediate action, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned.

Obesity experts call for crack down on eating out sector

13-Oct-2014 - Health experts have called for tough new pressures on fast food outlets and restaurant chains to tackle the obesity epidemic in the UK.

Regulators in Wales propose new food hygiene rating rules for takeaways

13-Oct-2014 - The Welsh government wants to force restaurants to print a statement encouraging consumers to find out their food hygiene rating on all takeaway and catering menus.

Red tape could ‘derail’ pub sector potential

10-Oct-2014 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned that despite growing economic potential, the pub and bar industry could suffer from the continued hike in legislation costs.

ALMR welcomes income tax pledge

03-Oct-2014 - The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge that a future Conservative government would cut income tax for low paid workers.

#TaxEqualityDay: Sales boost for operators

26-Sep-2014 - Participants to Wednesday’s (24 September) Tax Equality Day reported sales increases of 10 to 20 per cent for the day, supporting their argument for VAT cut from 20 to 5 per cent.

#TaxEqualityDay: Pubs and restaurants unite for VAT cut

24-Sep-2014 - Over 15,000 pubs and restaurants across the UK cut their prices by at least 7.5 per cent on 24 September to show the positive impact reducing VAT to 5 per...

Labour's minimum wage pledge could hit hospitality businesses

22-Sep-2014 - Ed Miliband's pledge to increase  increase minimum wage by more than 25 per cent over five years if Labour wins the next general election could be potentially disastrous for hospitality businesses,...

Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking

19-Sep-2014 - As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.

Southampton City Council to implement late night levy

18-Sep-2014 - Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.

Will Ricker wins Westminster licensing battle

18-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Will Ricker has won an appeal against Westminster City Council to allow customers at his Soho restaurant, La Bodega Negra , to buy alcohol without food.

Pub and restaurant groups among 100 companies calling for business rate reform

16-Sep-2014 - Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.

News in brief

Cromlix House hits headlines after failing food hygiene inspection

15-Sep-2014 - Andy Murray’s Cromlix House hotel claims it has fixed the problem that caused its Chez Roux restaurant to fail a food hygiene inspection earlier this year.

UK to refund the cost of 25,000 Chinese visas

12-Sep-2014 - Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to refund the cost of thousands of Chinese visas to boost inbound tourism and strengthen relations between the UK and China.

Protect hospitality employees with new laws on tips, urges MP

10-Sep-2014 - An MP has called for new legislation to ensure hospitality employers pass on tips and service charges to their staff.

Equity launches live entertainment campaign

08-Sep-2014 - Trade union Equity is calling on pubs and bars to host more live music, comedy and theatre events.

Tax Equality Day: 15,000 pubs and restaurants prepare to cut prices

08-Sep-2014 - Thousands of pubs and restaurants across the UK will slash food and drink prices on 24 September to highlight the benefits of cutting hospitality VAT.

Horsemeat scandal: Government to create Food Crime Unit

04-Sep-2014 - The government is set to create a Food Crime Unit following the recommendations published today in the Elliott review of the horsemeat scandal.

CMA investigation highlights breaching risks in catering sector

01-Sep-2014 - The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into competition practices in the commercial catering sector.

Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs

28-Aug-2014 - Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

26-Aug-2014 - The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.