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March consumer spending up 3.2%

By Nikkie Thatcher

FA Cup fixtures, the Six Nations tournament and St Patrick’s Day helped drive a 3.2% rise in consumer spending last month (March) up from 1.1% in February, according to reports.

Come and tech a look: technology is now vital for smooth service across all aspects of the on-trade

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FEATURE: Finding the right tech to fit your pub

By Fiona Griffiths

Pub operators everywhere are facing challenging times but choosing the right technology solutions can help your business to survive – and even thrive.

Access Hospitality acquires Wireless Social

Access Hospitality acquires Wireless Social

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Access Hospitality, a division of The Access Group, has acquired Wireless Social, the UK’s leading provider of guest wi-fi, analytics and marketing solutions.

Overnight stays: Voucher sales for pub accommodation website soar (Credit: Getty/ Kathrin Ziegler)

Pub accommodation predicted to grow in 2024

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs with rooms website Stay In A Pub has predicted pub accommodation to grow in 2024 after it reported a 50% increase in voucher sales over the Christmas period.

Nearby pints: Zoopla and Useyourlocal have joined forces (Credit: Getty/Rossella De Berti)

Home-hunters can now pick property based on proximity to pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Useyourlocal, the UK’s largest online audience of people looking to go to the pub, has joined forces with property website Zoopla to help home-hunters pick a new property based on the proximity to their local pub.

Staffing fears: industry workers may be thinking about a different career but job satisfaction levels have risen (credit: Getty/Charday Penn)

Career change considered by 42% of industry staff

By Gary Lloyd

More than two in five workers in the hospitality sector are considering a career outside the industry despite job satisfaction levels increasing ‘significantly’ during the past 12 months.

Energy savers: here are 5 of the best eco-friendly pieces of equipment, according to Brewfitt

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Brewfitt's top 5 energy-saving products for dispense

By Brewfitt

In today's environmentally conscious world, reducing energy consumption is not only a noble endeavour but also a smart one, especially for businesses in the hospitality industry.

Be smart: technology can be used in front and back of house at your premises

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FEATURE: How tech can free up time for your staff

By Fiona Griffiths

Times are tough right now. Pub and bar operators are being hit from all sides with consumers tightening their belts, struggles over recruitment and costs soaring across the board.

Social storm: Is Threads a business tool or fleeting fad? (Credit: Getty/ WeAre)

Threads: a guide for pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Threads, a new social media app from Facebook’s parent company Meta, amassed more than 150m downloads in just two weeks after launching earlier this month.

Digital opinions: the report asked the 5,000 participants their thoughts on technology's role in hospitality (image: Getty/Tim Robberts)

Growing consumer interest in tech during visits

By Nikkie Thatcher

While most consumers (55%) believe a balance between technology and human interaction provides the best experience in the on-trade, there has been a change in attitude towards digital solutions, new research has found.

Joining forces: ResDiary CEO 'thrilled' to merge with Access Hospitality

Access Hospitality acquires ResDiary

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Access Hospitality, part of the Access Group, has announced the acquisition of ResDiary – a provider of bookings and table management software to clients in the hospitality sector.

Is it possible to make cask beer stay fresh for longer?

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Extending the life of cask beer

By Gary Lloyd

One of the biggest challenges around delivering an epic cask offer remains shelf life, so the ability to extend the lifespan of what is a quintessentially British product could be just the silver bullet the category needs.

De minimums issue: billing customers to charge electronic devices could be 'counterproductive' (Credit: Getty/Adam Gault)

Poll: should pubs charge customers for electricity?

By Rebecca Weller

Despite pressure surrounding energy costs in the on-trade, allowing customers to charge phones at pubs should be a “value added service” and charging them to do so would be “counterproductive”, according to operators from across the sector.

Delivering success: Inigo Rivero shares insights at the MA Leaders Club, Newcastle


How to unlock TikTok’s potential

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

House of Marketers managing director, Inigo Rivero, discussed how operators can unleash the potential of TikTok at The MA Leaders conference last week.

Digital insights: Footprint Digital staff talk all things SEO

MA Leaders Club

How to drive footfall to your pub's website

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Experts from the advertising agency Footprint Digital advised operators on how to get the most out of SEO, at the MA Leaders conference in Newcastle last week.

Paying out: overall consumer spending grew by 4.3% in April, according to Barclays (image: Getty/mihailomilovanovic)

Slight sales uptick in April

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pubs, bars and clubs saw a rise of 3.7% in consumer card spending for the month of April, new data has revealed.

Serial refunders: pubs lost an average of £81 a month to refunds between 2021 and 2022 (Credit: Getty/Igor Vershinsky)

Pubs lose an average of £972 a year to refunds

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs across the country lose hundreds of pounds a year to refunds as consumer spending behaviours change amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, new data has revealed.

CBDC: sector needs more information (Credit: Getty/ MF3d)

Sector needs 'much more' info on CBDC

By Rebecca Weller

The Government needs to share “much more information” about how central-bank digital currency (CBDC) will impact the hospitality sector, according to one Suffolk based operator.

Net zero review: hospitality sector needs financial incentives to support road to net zero by 2050 (Credit: Getty/STasker)

'Financial incentives' needed to hit net zero goals

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector needs additional “financial incentives” from the Government to aid its ability to deliver on net zero ambitions, leaders from across the industry have stated.

SIBA initiative: the tracker will show how many breweries are active across the 10 areas of the UK

Tracker launched to keep tabs on brewery numbers

By Gary Lloyd

The number of breweries in the UK will no longer be a mystery after the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) launched a tracker that shows how many active brewers there are.

Boosts tempered by costs and strikes: eight of Britain's most populated cities are enjoying higher sales and logins figures than before the pandemic (Credit: Getty/fotoVoyager)

Sales and logins boost ahead of Xmas rush

By Gary Lloyd

Eight out of 10 of Britain’s highest populated cities have enjoyed hospitality sales and wireless logins boosts above pre-pandemic levels in the run-up to Christmas.

Warning issued: Rob Easton says sites should be prepared for a big rise in footfall

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Free support for hospitality to safeguard record festive turnover

By Rob Easton BSc, PgDip, MSc, MBA, of Shield Safety

Rob Easton, head of environmental health at Shield Safety, discusses the potential £4bn* revenue spike heading towards the UK’s hospitality sector during the 2022 festive period but warns venues could be at risk if they aren’t prepared for surging footfall.

Tech acquisition: Airship CEO Dan Brookman will stay on board

Tech firm Zonal acquires Airship

By The Morning Advertiser

Tech provider Zonal has announced its purchase of Airship in a deal that includes the Airship CRM and Toggle platforms.

Paying the bills: tech is advancing so you need to be able to accept different payment methods

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Cashing out? What the evolution of new payment methods means for operators

By Zonal

‘Cash or card?’ is far from a question of the past. However, with the desire for quick, convenient experiences high on the list of priorities for many customers visiting hospitality venues, cash is increasingly taking a back seat compared to digital payments.

Zero Carbon Forum: Mark Chapman says firms can cut carbon and save money on energy bills

Zero Carbon Forum: onus on operators to cut carbon

By Gary Lloyd

Not-for-profit eco-friendly group Zero Carbon Forum has argued the onus is on sector operators to cut their carbon footprints but they can also save on energy costs at the same time.

Cashless society: Customers shun cash for contactless payments (Getty/ monkeybusinessimages)

9 in 10 customers don’t pay with cash

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Nearly nine in 10 consumers (89%) use cards or contactless payment all or most times they visit a pub, bar or restaurant, while new payment tech grows in popularity, according to recent research.

Spending data: Barclaycard revealed sales in pubs and bars had increased in August 2022, against last year (image: Getty/Solskin)

Pubs saw 8% sales lift in August

By Nikkie Thatcher

Sales at pubs and clubs rose by 8.4% in August, which was put down to the good weather, according to new research.

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