George Osborne delivered the Government's 2014 Budget to a jubilant House of Commons earlier today (19 March)

Budget 2014: George Osborne scraps alcohol duty escalator

By Luke Nicholls

Pubs across the UK can breathe a big sigh of relief today as Chancellor George Osborne has once again scrapped the punitive escalator for all alcohol duties and cut another penny off the price of a pint of beer in his 2014 Budget announcement. 

Chancellor George Osborne will make his 2014 Budget announcement at 12:30 GMT

Budget 2014: What can we expect from George Osborne?

By Luke Nicholls

The Chancellor George Osborne will today present 'a Budget for a resilient economy'. But with further calls for another beer duty cut and a reduction in VAT, hospitality professionals will undoubtedly be among those watching most closely.

The VAT Club distributed 250,000 posters to venues across the UK in order to highlight Tax Parity Day, which takes place on Wednesday

Tax Parity Day: Industry set for national day of action

By Luke Nicholls

Managed pub and bar operator TCG and North Yorkshire brewer Blacksheep are the latest hospitality businesses to pledge their support for Tax Parity Day, taking place next Wednesday (25 September).

The VAT Club is also distributing 250,000 posters to venues across the UK in order to highlight Tax Parity Day

Borel’s VAT Club calls on support from pubs

By Luke Nicholls

Just weeks after planning ‘Tax Parity Day’ for the hospitality industry, Jacques Borel’s VAT Club has written to every pub in the country, calling for their support in its on-going efforts to reduce VAT to 5 per cent.

The VAT Club is distributing 250,000 posters to venues across the UK in order to highlight Tax Parity Day

Tax Parity Day: Borel's VAT Club plans national day of action

By Luke Nicholls

UK hospitality businesses are charged 20 per cent VAT on all sales, whereas the supermarkets pay virtually no VAT on food sales. Is this far? The VAT Club JB, headed up by veteran campaigner Jacques Borel, certainly doesn’t think so and is launching a...

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his 2013 Budget today with businesses, including those in the hospitality industry, watching closely

Budget 2013: What the hospitality industry is hoping for

By Peter Ruddick

Today, once again, the Chancellor will present a Budget which will be closely watched for signs of improvement in the economy or help for businesses, but with rumours swirling about the future of the beer duty escalator, hospitality industry professionals...

Wetherspoon's total tax bill wfor the six-month period was £273.5m - 43.7 per cent of its sales

JD Wetherspoon’s profits slip on higher costs

By Luke Nicholls

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon posted a ‘reasonable’ set of results for the half-year ending 27 January 2013, with the burden of what the Group calls ‘stealth taxes’ contributing to a drop of 2.7 per cent in its pre- tax profit to £34.8m.


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