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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.

Compulsory Living Wage could put over 200,000 hospitality jobs at risk

19-Nov-2014 - Making the Living Wage compulsory could cost UK businesses £4bn, the equivalent of 213,247 jobs in the hospitality sector, according to a Greater London Assembly (GLA) member.

MPs' pubco vote divides industry

19-Nov-2014 - MPs’ vote to allow ‘tied’ pub landlords to order beer from providers outside their brand is dividing the industry.

Tourism Council defends decision not to tackle VAT

19-Nov-2014 - To the disappointment of Cut Tourism VAT campaigners, the Tourism Council has decided not to discuss a VAT cut, but instead focus on jobs and skills.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Hotels losing out on search engine advertising

12-Nov-2014 - Hotels could be missing out on direct bookings as a significant portion of trademark brand advertising on search engines is taken by online travel agencies (OTAs), according to research by...

Government pledges £10m to promote tourism in the north of England

06-Nov-2014 - Hospitality bodies have welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s announcement that the government will give £10m through the Regional Growth Fund to boost tourism in the North of England.

FSA urges consumers to check food hygiene ratings this Christmas

06-Nov-2014 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is using the festive period to boost public awareness about food hygiene ratings after research revealed that four in ten UK diners never check the...

Tribunal ruling on holiday pay gets mixed reactions from industry

05-Nov-2014 - A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay has left experts unsure of the effect it will have on the hospitality industry. 

Industry warns against calorie labelling on alcohol

03-Nov-2014 - The licensed trade has warned that displaying calorie labels on alcohol in pubs and bars could encourage people to skip food in favour of booze.

Former Tourism Minister calls for VisitEngland refocus

30-Oct-2014 - Former Tourism Minister and MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose has said VisitEngland should be independent from VisitBritain and gradually move away from government funding.

Modern Slavery Campaign appeals to hospitality industry

27-Oct-2014 - The Home Office has launched the Modern Slavery Campaign to raise awareness of potential victims across a number of large industries, including hospitality.

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.