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New wellbeing initiative launched for nighttime economy workers in West Midlands

Published:  15 May, 2024

In response to the growing crisis of stress-related absences in the UK workforce, The Drinks Trust and The West Midlands Combined Authority have unveiled a pilot wellbeing programme tailored for Nighttime Economy Workers. Developed by The Drinks Trust, the initiative aims to address the pressing issue of mental health and wellbeing among employees.


UK's Deposit Return Scheme faces 2027 Delay

Published:  26 April, 2024

Efforts to align the UK's bottle deposit and return scheme (DRS) across all four nations have hit a snag, with an anticipated launch pushed back to 2027, marking a four-year extension from the original timeline.


UK inflation decline prompts interest rate uncertainty

Published:  18 April, 2024

UK inflation slowed less than expected last month, despite the rate of price increases falling below that of the US for the first time in two years.


Government to support SMEs in energy disputes

Published:  08 April, 2024

The government has announced it will support British businesses to settle energy disputes.


Rail strikes in 2024 have cost hospitality £750m

Published:  05 April, 2024

Industrial action across the rail network from Friday 5 April to Monday 8 April is estimated to cost the hospitality sector £387m, according to UKhospitality. 


Largest ever increase to minimum wage takes effect

Published:  02 April, 2024

As of yesterday (1 April), employment costs have increased for hospitality businesses following a rise in the National Minimum Wage.


Government announces ‘very positive’ apprenticeship changes

Published:  18 March, 2024

The government has today (18 March) announced a series of apprenticeship reforms which will benefit SMEs and the workers they employ within the hospitality sector.


Hospitality industry hit by 63% cost surge

Published:  11 March, 2024

Research conducted by the price comparison website has found that the hospitality industry has been the most affected by cost increases.


London hospitality poised for off-peak tube and rail fare Fridays

Published:  06 March, 2024

From this Friday (8 March), London Underground and rail fares on pay-as-you-go and Oyster will be off-peak all day on Fridays, as part of an initiative to encourage businesses to return to the office five days a week.


Analysis: Hospitality seeks aid to halt closures

Published:  14 February, 2024

As the on-trade is hit by a cost-of-doing-business crisis, many are facing a tough decision unless government intervenes. James Bayley reports.


6,000 hospitality venues closed in 2023

Published:  30 January, 2024

New data released today (30 January) has revealed more than 6,000 hospitality venues closed in 2023, bringing the total number of closures since the pandemic to nearly 23,000.


New drink spiking measures introduced by government

Published:  19 December, 2023

Drink spiking is set to be targeted by police and door staff in a raft of new measures unveiled by the home secretary James Cleverly as the festive party-going season gets into full swing.


Christmas strikes to cost hospitality £800m

Published:  17 November, 2023

ASLEF, the UK’s train drivers’ union, has announced a ‘rolling programme’ of strikes during the festive month.


Wet October softens growth for hospitality

Published:  15 November, 2023

Britain’s leading hospitality groups saw year-on-year growth slow to 3.2% in October amid widespread poor weather, the new CGA RSM Hospitality Business Tracker reveals.


Industry welcomes RMT breakthrough

Published:  09 November, 2023

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), has agreed a deal in principle with train operators to resolve the ongoing rail dispute, quelling fears of a repeat of last year’s Christmas strikes which were so damaging to the hospitality industry.


Energy bills mount as government support reduces

Published:  31 March, 2023

A snap survey by UKHospitality reveals the staggering costs the industry faces on the eve of the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme, which will reduce government support to businesses.


CGA survey reveals positive outlook for hospitality despite inflation

Published:  21 February, 2023

Leaders of Britain’s top-managed hospitality groups remain cautiously optimistic about the future despite spiralling costs, the 2023 Business Leaders’ Survey from CGA by NielsenIQ and Fourth reveals.


Pub and bar company insolvencies jump by 83% in past year to 512

Published:  13 February, 2023

Insolvencies of pub and bar companies have increased by 83% in the past year, from 280 in 2020/21 to 512, says UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group.


Hospitality sector under massive strain as insolvencies hit decade-high

Published:  08 February, 2023

The UK's ailing hospitality industry continues to face a perfect storm of labour shortages and soaring inflation, although there are some encouraging signs that the government is listening to its concerns.


Business energy support to reduce from March government announces

Published:  11 January, 2023

The goverment has announced a new energy support for businesses that will take effect from 1 April 2023, although at a lower rate than the present scheme.