The chief executive of Boxpark (pictured) is leading the petition to change the law around business rates for pop-ups

Petition asks for rates relief for pop-up businesses

By John Harrington

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. 

Breaking the banks: The bank manager that was once your best friend is now much more reluctant to deploy capital

Finding finance in hospitality: The banks

By Luke Nicholls

Most hospitality business owners will agree that bank lending isn’t the same as it used to be. Pre-recession, a budding entrepreneur with a bold idea for a new concept would often be given a blank cheque from the bank manager to support their ambitions....

Facewatch is being recommended for use in all Business Improvement Districts

Facewatch gets thumbs up from Business Improvement Districts

By Emma Eversham

Facewatch, the crime reporting database service for hospitality and retail businesses, has been recommended for use across all Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) after a successful trial in Victoria in London. 

Penrose will be abseiling in the Mendips, a range of Limestone hills to the south of Bristol and Bath in Somerset

John Penrose to gain first-hand experience of red tape

By Luke Nicholls

Tourism Minister John Penrose is set to partake in a work placement at an outdoor pursuits firm in Western-Super-Mare, in order to further understand the challenges and opportunities facing tourism industry small businesses such as red tape.