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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.

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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.

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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. 

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How the Drinks trade reacted to The Budget

Published:  17 November, 2022

In today’s Autumn Statement (17 November 2022), Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made a few announcements regarding business taxes, but there was no mention of alcohol duty, much to the frustration of the drinks trade.

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Red tape cut for thousands of growing businesses

Published:  04 October, 2022

On Sunday, October 2, prime minister Liz Truss announced that red tape would be cut for thousands of growing businesses.

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Business energy bills capped by government relief scheme

Published:  21 September, 2022

The government has announced a new energy relief scheme that will reduce energy bills for businesses by 50% of expected levels. 

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Businesses urged to get behind ‘Hospitality Apprenticeships Week’

Published:  16 September, 2022

Trade bodies, charities and training providers have come together to promote Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2022, running between 3 and 9 October.

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Hospitality industry urges new Prime Minister Liz Truss to ‘act quickly and decisively’ to save the sector

Published:  06 September, 2022

On Monday (5 September), Conservative Party members chose a new leader and, therefore, a new Prime Minister. Liz Truss secured 57% of the vote, defeating Rishi Sunak in the race to Number 10.

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UKH urges government to issue on-trade rescue package

Published:  31 August, 2022

UKHospitality (UKH)chief executive Kate Nicholls has written an urgent letter to the UK government, outlining the potential disaster facing thousands of businesses in light of the energy crisis.

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Government extends off-sales licence after backlash

Published:  18 July, 2022

The government has announced that it will extend the alcohol off-sales easement, introduced during the pandemic, to September 2023, following a campaign led by UKHospitality and other sector bodies.

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Hospitality sector recovery stymied by labour shortages, rising costs, and a drop in consumer confidence

Published:  13 July, 2022

A new report, Future Shock – Leaving Covid Behind, shows sales are back to pre-pandemic levels, but 15% of roles remain vacant, costs are spiralling, and the cost of living challenges is impacting consumer spending.

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7,000 pubs forced to close in last 10 years

Published:  04 July, 2022

According to real estate consultancy Altus Group, the number of pubs in England and Wales is now at its lowest point on record, down by more than 7,000 in the last decade.

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'Chronic' staff crisis continues as vacancy gap widens

Published:  14 June, 2022

New figures have shown how the hospitality sector’s staffing crisis is worsening under growing stagnancy in the job market, as the gap between new job creation and people willing to enter the workforce is widening. 

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Hard hit hospitality calls for further government support

Published:  17 December, 2021

As the hospitality industry continues to face a mounting crisis of cancellations and closures in the wake of Omicron and Plan B restrictions, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has urged the government to step in and save many businesses from going under.

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Scotland announces DRS implementation date

Published:  15 December, 2021

Scotland's Minister for green skills, circular economy and biodiversity has confirmed that the nation's inaugural Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will launch next year.

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Scotland delays implementation of Deposit Return Scheme

Published:  18 November, 2021

A perfect storm of Covid-19, Brexit and a struggling hospitality sector has delayed the introduction of Scotland's inaugural DRS scheme, according to Scottish Minister Lorna Slater.

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Customers return to on-trade quicker than last summer

Published:  23 August, 2021

A total of 56% of consumers visited a hospitality venue in the first 10 days following July’s Freedom Day, according to a new UK Hospitality (UKH) survey, supported by data from CGA, released today.

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Nicholls appointed hospitality disability ambassador

Published:  28 July, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) CEO Kate Nicholls has been appointed as the hospitality sector’s first disability ambassador to date as part of the government’s new National Disability Strategy.

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Venue closures and reduced service looming for hospitality

Published:  26 July, 2021

The hospitality sector is facing a summer of venue closures and reduced service following the government’s decision to leave the industry off the self-isolation exemption list, UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned.

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Industry welcomes lifting of social distancing measures

Published:  13 July, 2021

The industry has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s confirmation that social distancing measures will be lifted next week, a move that UK Hospitality (UKH) said would bring “huge relief” for the hospitality sector.

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