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Act Swiftly To End Sector Uncertainty, Says ALMR

The ALMR has once again impressed upon the Government the need to rapidly implement a Statutory Code for pubs in order to bring much needed stability and certainty to the licensed hospitality sector and promote investment and growth. ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls has today given evidence before a committee examining the Small Business, Enterprise

BDO Advises On Hickory’s Smokehouse PE Investment

Accountancy firm BDO LLP in Manchester has advised private equity firm, Piper, on its £6m investment in Hickory’s Smokehouse, in a deal that bolsters the restaurant chain’s extensive growth plans. Hickory’s, the American-style smokehouse and BBQ restaurant chain, was founded in 2010 by Neil McDonnell and currently operates from three sites in Chester, West Kirby

Wyndham Arms Embraced By CAMRA

The pub in Bridgend was judged,by the members of the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend CAMRA branch, as ‘highly commended’ in its ‘pub of the year’ 2014 awards. Nigel Lewis, branch chairman, said: “Congratulations to The Wyndham Arms, recognised as ‘highly commended’ by CAMRA members, from a choice of over 150 recognised real-ale pubs and

Call For Safeguards If Accommodation Rental Rules Are Relaxed

Spirit Pub Company has released an Update stating that it received a revised proposal from Greene King on 18 October 2014 regarding a possible offer for Spirit, and that it would be willing to recommend an offer at the level of the proposal ‘subject to the satisfactory resolution of the other terms of the offer’.

Act Swiftly To End Sector Uncertainty, Says ALMR

The ALMR has once again impressed upon the Government the need to rapidly implement a Statutory Code for pubs in order to bring much needed stability and certainty to the licensed hospitality sector and promote investment and growth.

ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls has today given evidence before a committee examining the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which includes the proposed statutory code for pubs and the pubs adjudicator.

Speaking before addressing the Committee, ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “We are pleased to see that the Government is taking decisive action and has committed to implement changes within a year. We need to draw a line under a period of uncertainty for the sector and bring back a sense of stability in order to promote investment and growth and to ensure a fair, free and flexible market.”

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BDO Advises On Hickory’s Smokehouse PE Investment

Accountancy firm BDO LLP in Manchester has advised private equity firm, Piper, on its £6m investment in Hickory’s Smokehouse, in a deal that bolsters the restaurant chain’s extensive growth plans.

Hickory’s, the American-style smokehouse and BBQ restaurant chain, was founded in 2010 by Neil McDonnell and currently operates from three sites in Chester, West Kirby and Rhos-on-Sea.

As part of the £6m investment, the chain is set to open a further 10 restaurants in the next three to five years, a number of which in North West locations.

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Wyndham Arms Embraced By CAMRA

Wyndham-Arms-Embraced-By-CaThe pub in Bridgend was judged,by the members of the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend CAMRA branch, as ‘highly commended’ in its ‘pub of the year’ 2014 awards.

Nigel Lewis, branch chairman, said: “Congratulations to The Wyndham Arms, recognised as ‘highly commended’ by CAMRA members, from a choice of over 150 recognised real-ale pubs and clubs in the branch area. “As well as the usual Wetherspoon range of beers and good-value food, The Wyndham Arms is a comfortable spacious pub which encourages and promotes real ale and CAMRA’s aims.” Natalie said: “We are so pleased to have been voted for as ‘highly commended’. There are so many great pubs in the area – and we are just one of a small group to be recognised.”

Call For Safeguards If Accommodation Rental Rules Are Relaxed

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Spirit Pub Company has released an Update stating that it received a revised proposal from Greene King on 18 October 2014 regarding a possible offer for Spirit, and that it would be willing to recommend an offer at the level of the proposal ‘subject to the satisfactory resolution of the other terms of the offer’.

The Revised Proposal comprises 0.1322 Greene King shares per Spirit share and a cash payment of 8 pence (including any 2014 final dividend) representing an indicative value of approximately 109.5 pence per Spirit share based on the closing price of Greene King shares on 17 October 2014. Under the Revised Proposal, Spirit shareholders would own approximately 29 per cent of the combined new Greene King.  The Revised Proposal remains conditional on, amongst other things, confirmatory due diligence and the recommendation of the Board of Spirit.

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Scotland Announces New Job Opportunity Creation Initiative For 16-24 Year Olds

apprenticeships-and-work-plRepresentatives from over 75 Scottish businesses will meet at Glasgow’s Marriott Hotel on October 22nd 2014 to pledge job opportunities, apprenticeships and work placements for young job seekers and the long term unemployed in The Big Hospitality Conversation.

Hospitality and tourism makes up some 15% of the Scottish workforce and estimates suggest that the industry is set to grow significantly in the next five years.

William Macleod, Executive Director BHA Scotland said: “Tourism and hospitality are almost unique in their capacity to build international cultural understanding. What’s important now is that tourism is given every support to succeed, grow and compete internationally.

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Brewers Sign Up To Scheme To Deliver Major Savings On Packaging Waste

Drinks-Packaging-PartnershiTwo British brewers have already signed up to a new partnership initiative supported by the BBPA which will dramatically cut the cost of packaging waste, the BBPA has announced. Wells & Youngs and Hook Norton have joined the scheme and other BBPA members are expected to follow shortly.

The new scheme was introduced to BBPA members at a well-attended workshop in Birmingham on 16 September. Rapid progress is being made in recruiting members, not least because of the major cost savings that can be achieved, with an estimated cost reduction of around 17 per cent for the average BBPA member – around £150,000 per year, per company.

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Passport, Credit Card, Phone – Study Reveals Mobile Devices Are Critical Kit For British Travellers

• 69% of Brits can’t go on holiday without using their mobile 

• Over a third use their smartphones more when they travel than at home 

• 1 in 4 feel insecure and isolated if they lose their phone while travelling 

• Smartphone overtakes laptop as must have business trip accessory 

• British travellers more likely to check the weather than social media 

A report released today has highlighted the growing importance British travellers place on their mobile devices, coupled with a strong anxiety of losing them while away. The research, taken from the ‘2014 Expedia¨ and Egencia¨ Mobile Index’ global study of mobile-device-related behaviour among travellers, shows that 89% of Brits take one or more mobile devices on holiday, with 69% using their mobile for the duration of their trip away.

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VisitBritain On Track To Outstrip Great Campaign Targets

This-Is-Great-Britain-LogoVisitBritain’s annual review reveals the tourism agency’s GREAT campaign marketing performance in 2013/2014 and shares its priorities for the year ahead.

Today’s annual review launch reveals that in 2013/2014, after three years of its post-Olympic GREAT campaign, VisitBritain marketing activity has already generated £1.8 billion of its four-year £2 billion additional visitor spend target. The tourism agency has also attained £43 million of its four-year £50 million partnership funding target, putting it well on track to hit its goal by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.

In 2011 the Government set VisitBritain the target of delivering a £100 million marketing campaign over four years, with £50 million of that budget generated from partnership funding. The objectives of the ‘You’re Invited’ campaign were to attract four million additional visitors, additional tourist spending of £2 billion and the creation of 50,000 new jobs. VisitBritain can now demonstrate how it is reaching these stretching targets.

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Last Call For Votes In The Independent Hotel Show 2014 Awards

With less than a week to go, make sure your voice is heard and vote for the hotel or hotelier that you think deserves to be crowned ‘Outstanding New Hotel of the Year’ or ‘Independent Hotelier of the Year’ at this year’s Independent Hotel Show.

Taking place at Olympia West on 21st and 22nd October, the Independent Hotel Show is the must-attend event for anyone connected to the hotel and hospitality industry. Each year an esteemed committee of hospitality experts nominates those individuals or businesses who have made a dramatic impact to the independent hotel sector, the movers and shakers who push the boundaries and lead their field.

The Outstanding New Hotel of the Year award rewards independent hotels that have been operating for three years or less and have demonstrated success within the industry, taking the sector by storm through their innovative approach and calculated risk taking.

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SMEs In The Food And Beverage Sector With Fewer Than 50 Employees Must Act Now To Meet Pension Auto-Enrolment Deadlines

The deadline for staging is fast approaching, but 20 per cent of SMEs are still unaware of their responsibilities

28,000 businesses have been automatically enrolled in workplace pensions since the scheme began two years ago[i], but with the deadlines for businesses  employing fewer than 50 now on the horizon, millions more must prepare now, warns national financial adviser Lighthouse Group.

Businesses with 49-30 employees must be ready for their automatic enrolment staging dates of between August-October 2015, while those with fewer than 30 employees will begin staging as early as June 2015 if selected by the regulator for the early staging trial run, or otherwise from November 2015 through to 2017.

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