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Raise a glass: Richard and Donna English celebrate two decades behind the bar

Couple celebrates 20 years behind bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Licensees of the Cavendish Arms, Cartmel, Cumbria, have received an award to mark their 20th anniversary at the pub, which is the oldest in the village.

 City landscape: (l-r) Elaine Clarke of Baa Bar, John Ennis of GSG Hospitality and Iain Hoskins of Ma Pubs set the scene in Liverpool with The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington


What is operating in Liverpool like?

By Nikkie Thatcher

A buoyant Saturday trade, the impact of businesses continuing to work from home and the need for stronger infrastructure were three of the topics discussed when it comes to operating in the seaport city.

Drinks Tracker: economic challenges continue to damage drinks sales (Credit: Getty/DGLimages)

Economic climate slows drinks sales growth

By Rebecca Weller

Managed venues closed February with further year-on-year drops in drinks sales as “shifting dynamics” make growth more “challenging”, particularly for the spirits category.

Progress made: businesses are moving in the right way


OPINION: Sustainability comes of age in pubs and hospitality

By Hamish Stoddart, founder of Peach Pubs and strategic adviser to Punch Pubs

I attended Planet Peach – the hospitality Sustainability Summit – this week and Which?, the consumer magazine, released a sustainability report on pubs and restaurants.

Who is behind lesbian bar La Camionera London

Meet the founder of London’s new lesbian bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The founder of a new east London lesbian bar, which has hit its fundraising target of £50,000 to launch a permeant venue, has opened up about future plans.

Female power: we've spoken with a number of women from across the sector


Head office stars show how it's done

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser has spoken to some of the best people in head offices in celebration of this year's International Women's Day.

International Women's Day CEOs


Leaders shine on IWD 2024

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser has collated advice and life stories from some of the key voices in the sector – namely CEOs – in celebration of this year's International Women's Day.

Sector celebration: many female operators have had their say on #InspiringInclusion for International Women's Day


Female operators share how the sector can #InspireInclusion

By Rebecca Weller

The Morning Advertiser has spoken to a number of female operators leading the on-trade in 2024 to hear how the industry can #InspireInclusion this International Women's Day (IWD).

IWD 2024


How the drinks industry can #InspireInclusion

By Rebecca Weller

To celebrate International Women's Day 2024 the Morning Advertiser spoke to some of the leading women in the drinks industry to discover how the sector can #InspireInclusion.

Sector overview: The duo outlined challenges and future hopes

Hickory’s CEO ‘excited’ for future

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Hickory’s founder Neil McDonnell and pub owner James Kowszun outlined the opportunities in the sector at the MA Leaders Conference in Liverpool yesterday (7 March).

Licensing hub: Advice on licensing requirements for outdoor events with Poppleston Allen  (Credit:Getty/sommart)


Licensing requirements for outdoor events

By Imogen Moss, Associate Solicitor, Poppleston Allen

It’s March already, and most of us will be hoping that the ‘in like a lion, out like lamb’ folklore stands true.

Pubs and breweries disappointed by Spring Budget 2024

Spring Budget 'profoundly disappointing' for pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The pub sector has reacted with “extreme disappointment” to the Spring Budget, with slashed VAT and reform of business rates needed to make a real difference.

New products: This week's round-up features Hendricks Gin, Adnams, Cîroc, Krombacher and more.


Hendricks releases limited-edition variant

By Rebecca Weller

This week's round-up includes new products from Hendricks, Adnams, Cîroc , BrewDog Distillery, Krombacher, Cawston Press and more.

Freeze ends: Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (fourth from left) has taken no action on business rates (credit: UK Parliament/Maria Unger)


Business rates to go up as freeze ends

By Gary Lloyd

Despite the hospitality sector’s calls for a reduced business rates burden in the Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s lack of action on the subject means companies in England will endure a combined tax hike of £1.66bn from 1 April.

Was there a hospitality VAT cut in the Spring Budget 2024

Gov ignores VAT cut pleas in Budget

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Despite pleas from across the hospitality industry, the Chancellor did not announce any changes to VAT in the Spring Budget today (6 March).

What's the story of Amy Lamé? The Morning Advertiser finds out


The Big Interview: 'You only get one chance to be London's first night czar'

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

On Saturday I’m cutting shapes at Fabric. On Monday I’m at City Hall to meet London’s night czar Amy Lamé. 15 minutes before the interview, I phone to get let in. After some confusion, the press officer double checks, “you are at Docklands right?” No....

Greene King to release two cask beers from seasonal calendar


GK to release two cask ales for spring

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King is releasing two seasonal cask ales for pubs to order in time for spring.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In podcast episode 74

The Lock In Podcast

Ahead of the game!

By Ed Bedington

The podcast team tackles the topic of pub games, from old school to new and ask how pub gaming is evolving and changing in the modern age.

How can I increase RTD sales at my pub


RTD trends you need to know

By Rebecca Weller

As trends within the RTD sector shift and younger generations catch on to what the category can offer, publicans would do well to heed some expert advice.

Decision time: Careful consideration is advised on potentially switching to a premises licence (credit: Getty/izusek)


Legal Q&A: Members’ clubs v pubs – what to consider

By Joe Harvey, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A with Poppleston Allen, Joe Harvey weighs up the pros and cons of ditching a club premises certificate for a premises licence.

Rally call: NTIA CEO Michael Kill has called for action on VAT from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (right)

NTIA: 5,000+ call for VAT reduction to 12.5%

By Gary Lloyd

Calls for the Government to slash VAT down to 12.5% from its current 20% level in the Spring Budget have poured into MPs’ offices, according to the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Food pricing: Inflation drop a 'positive sign' but challenges ahead (Credit: Getty/ J Studios)

Food inflation falls to 12.6%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index recorded year-on-year inflation of 12.6% in January – a drop of 1.2 percentage points from December’s rate of 13.8%.

Summer is on its way: apple and fruit variants are faring well (credit: Getty/ViewApart)


FEATURE: Boom period expected for cider

By Nigel Huddleston

The men’s football Euros and the Olympics, in Germany and Paris respectively, make the summer of 2024 potentially a boom period for pub cider sales.

How the revamped Proper Job IPA by St Austell looks


St Austell rebrands flagship cask ale Proper Job

By Gary Lloyd

St Austell Brewery has unveiled a new look for its flagship IPA Proper Job (4.5% ABV), which will hit pubs and bars across the UK beginning this month (March 2024).