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Sport in your pub isn't all about the football

by admin 9/24/2015 4:19:00 PM

Football may be the leading sport in the UK but pubs that televise less popular sports, such as NFL and Formula 1, could significantly boost business.

Showing live sport in a venue pays dividends, but licensees must do it well to reap maximum rewards. That’s the overarching conclusion of a report by sports marketing website, MatchPint, which surveyed more than 1,300 pub-going fans and almost 600 pubs.

However, many licensees are not giving themselves the best chance of success when it comes to boosting trade through showing TV sport in their pub or bar.

The report revealed that there are huge numbers of sports fans looking for content beyond football, but who aren’t being sufficiently serviced by pubs. Simply letting customers know that these sports are available is a major opportunity for the on-trade. 


Capital's breathalyser schemes to be extended

by admin 9/23/2015 4:53:00 PM

On-the-door breathalyser schemes in 12 boroughs across London are to be extended for an indefinite period.

Some 76 venues across the capital have been voluntarily trialling the breathalysers and reported a drop in violence since their introduction earlier this year.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed plans to extend the initiative into next year, as a result of promising feedback.

The breathalysers have been introduced in Westminster, Kingston, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Croydon, Havering, Enfield, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Hackney, Newham and Harrow.



Publicans amongst least likely to have jobs taken by robots

by admin 9/21/2015 4:07:00 PM

Licensees and pub managers are amongst the jobs least likely to be automated (given to robots) in the next 20 years, according to Oxford University.

Academics found that publicans had a 0.4% chance of being automated. The results were calculated by analysing key skills needed to perform each type of job: social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped space.

However, chefs were found to have a 37% chance of automation in the next 20 years – significantly higher than licensees, but still considerably unlikely.



Get ready for Christmas bookings hospitality businesses told

by admin 9/16/2015 4:52:00 PM

Restaurant, hotel and pub operators should arm their staff with details of Christmas packages, offers and menus and get them to 'show excitement' when taking bookings for the festive season, as research reveals the majority will be made this month.

According to the results of a survey by HospitalityGEM, 59% of work Christmas parties and 50% of festive dinner bookings will be made three months ahead of the festive season.

All staff taking Christmas bookings now should be informed properly of details such as offers, deposit information and crucially, show excitement and encouragement – as 34% of diners said an unfriendly tone of voice on the phone would put them off booking. 


PubAid and JustGiving aim for pub quiz world record

by admin 9/15/2015 4:51:00 PM

PubAid has announced an attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest pub quiz across multiple venues.

The event, which takes place in February 2016, will be hosted in partnership with online fundraising platform, JustGiving.

Co-founder of PubAid, Keith Knowles, said that it would bring the industry together. “We came up with the idea as a way of not only recognising the great work that UK pubs do for charity in raising over £100 million a year, but we thought it would be a great idea to bring the industry together and share the world record attempt.

“We’re delighted to be joining JustGiving in this partnership, their enthusiasm and recognition of the role UK pubs play in fundraising is fantastic, and I’m confident that when the industry hear about this, we’ll get a great uptake.”


Jeremy Corbyn's views on pubs

by admin 9/15/2015 4:50:00 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the Opposition, is a teetotaller, and despite delivering his victory speech in a Westminster pub, he hasn’t spoken often on them in parliament. But that hasn’t stopped him supporting a wide range of pub-related motions in the House of Commons across his career.

In the last parliament, he was a signatory for many of Save the Pub group chair and Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland’s Early Day Motions.

Corbyn has put his name to parliamentary business including campaigns against large pub companies, and has been a signatory for motions supporting licensees, music in pubs and community pubs in general.

Most recently, he was one of only 10 MPs to sign an Early Day Motion supporting ‘Paul’s Pledge’ – a campaign against alcohol-fuelled violence. 


Fire-destroyed pub licensee warns trade to check insurance cover

by admin 9/14/2015 4:44:00 PM

An under-insured Dorset licensee has urged others to check their policies after a fire ravaged his pub, and the cover fell short of re-build costs.

Mike Long had insurance in place to the tune of £560,000 but was told he would need a mammoth £1.3 million to cover the cost of rebuilding the historic Chideock’s Clockhouse pub.

The funding gap has potentially left him without a business and his family, homeless he warned.

Long has urged fellow licensees to urgent review their existing provisions.  He said: “I would like to highlight what we have gone through and how it can be avoided, to enable others in the licensed trade not to suffer in the same way we have.”

No-one was hurt in the fire, but the pub was gutted.Mr Long has now started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £290,000 and has called on the trade for support.





Sales at wet-led pubs up 2.8%

by admin 9/14/2015 4:43:00 PM

There is good news for wet-led pubs after it was revealed sales were up 2.8% compared to last August, but down at restaurant pubs and London-based casual dining chains.

The figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker come despite the ever-growing role of food in pubs. A report earlier this year found that food was the only factor driving growth for pubs outside of London.

CGA vice president Peter Martin attributed the growth to the summer’s slightly drier weather. “Although the weather this August was nothing to write home about, August 2014 was particularly cold, which resulted in a decline in pub sales and a boost for restaurants for 2014. This year we have seen a corresponding recovery for pubs and more modest progress for restaurants.”


Rare burger rule change ‘costly’ for pub chefs

by admin 9/10/2015 8:50:00 AM

Serving rare burgers in UK food businesses could be expensive and remain potentially dangerous, even with new Food Standards Agency (FSA) controls in place, a leading food safety consultant has warned.

 Previous FSA guidance required that burgers should be cooked until no meat was pink. But, the increased popularity of rare burgers has led the organisation to set out a range of controls food businesses should take into account to ensure diners’ safety.

 Controls include sourcing meat from European Union (EU) businesses approved for the supply of minced meat intended to be eaten raw; strict temperature controls to prevent bacterial growth; appropriate cooking and preparation procedures; notifying the local authority that rare burgers will be served; and on-menu advice to consumers about the risks of eating rare burgers. 


Newdigate pub named among Britain’s best

by admin 9/9/2015 8:49:00 AM

A Newdigate pub has been named in Britain’s top 16 pubs and still has a chance to win the National Pub of the Year competition.

 Celebrations are underway at the Surrey Oaks in Parkgate Road after the pub was ranked among the best in the nation by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

 Pubs are judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly – quality of beer.

 Roger Protz, editor of the Good Beer Guide, said: “Being named in the top 16 in Britain is something these pubs should be hugely proud of and is testament to how hard each of the pubs work to get this far.”