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HMRC cancels Machines Games Duty late payment penalties

by Ashleigh 8/22/2014 4:38:00 PM

HMRC is cancelling all penalties issued to date for late filing of Machine Games Duty (MGD) returns and late payment of MGD itself because many of the penalties have been issued incorrectly by its automated system.


HMRC will also refund any penalties that customers have already paid. Where a customer has asked HMRC to review their penalty or appealed against it, the review/appeal is now closed as HMRC has cancelled the penalty.


In a statement, it said: “HMRC wants to provide their customers with good service and for them to have certainty about their MGD affairs, and HMRC are sorry for any worry their mistake has caused. For a short period HMRC will not issue any new automated penalties for late filing of MGD returns and late payment of MGD. HMRC will restart issuing automatic penalties as soon they can be sure that their systems are working properly.”

 

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Noise law changes urged to save live music pubs

by Ashleigh 8/20/2014 4:37:00 PM

The Government must relax noise abatement legislation and pass the responsibility for minimising disturbance away from pubs and on to residents and developers, lobbyists have urged.


The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which was formed in January 2014 to protect and preserve the UK small music venue circuit, has slammed current laws as complex and outdated, and called on the Government to create a clear national framework. It claims current laws depend on local interpretation and place unreasonable demands on local environmental health officers.


In an open letter to three Government departments, the MVT wrote: “The principle is simple: if a venue increases its noise it should make changes to adapt it. If a developer wants to build next to a music venue, they must build to adapt to the noise. If a new occupier moves into a zone where there is an accepted level of noise, they should make changes to adapt to it.”

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Hospitality employs 2m

by Ashleigh 8/19/2014 4:36:00 PM

The hospitality industry now employs more than two million people, after creating 118,000 new jobs in the past year, new statistics reveal.
New numbers from the Office of National Statistics show there were 2.043m jobs in hospitality in March 2014, up from 1.925m at the same time the previous year. The hospitality sector (including pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels) has also delivered month-on-month wage growth every month since August 2013.


Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers strategic affairs director Kate Nicholls said: “These figures demonstrate our members’ determination to invest in their staff and provide opportunities, which has undoubtedly been helped by measures like the Employment Allowance but is fundamentally possible only because of the incredible work of entrepreneurs in the industry.”

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A pint with Tom Jones

by Ashleigh 8/19/2014 4:35:00 PM

Music legend Tom Jones was voted the most popular British pop/rock star to have a beer with at this year's Great British Beer Festival (GBBF).  Of the 672 people surveyed, the Welsh rocker received 13 per cent of the votes, beating Robbie Williams by a single vote.


Gary Barlow came third, with 10 per cent of the votes, and in fourth place, and the most popular woman, was Annie Lennox. The CAMRA-commissioned survey followed on from Katy Perry greeting crowds on her tour with a pint of local brew.


CAMRA national chairman, Colin Valentine, said: "It is great to see Tom Jones at 74 years old top the poll, and great that age is not an issue when choosing a drinking partner.  We would be delighted if British pop and rock stars echo what Katie Perry did and greet their crowds with a pint of the regional brew to help raise the profile of British brewing."

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Weekday visits crucial for pubs

by Ashleigh 8/19/2014 4:35:00 PM

Weekday visits are continuing to drive the growth in footfall in pubs, according to research released last week.


The Pub Tracker research, by NPD Group, found that weekday visits to pubs increased by almost 5% in the year to 31 June 2014, compared to a 3.4% rise in the year to 31 March. Weekend visits declined by 2.1% in the year to end of June against a 0.2% rise in the year to the end of March


The study also highlighted the continuing importance of value deals in pubs. The number of visits promoted by deals and promotions grew by 13.4% in the year, with almost one in three visits driven by such initiatives.


Cyril Lavenant, NPD group director of foodservice UK, said: “Successful pubs recognise they cannot bank on the traditional customer coming in for a weekend session for all of their takings.”

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Take part in the Pub & Bar Premium Beer Survey

by admin 8/15/2014 4:59:00 PM

Premium Lager is an integral part of the drinks range for many pub and bars, with so many varieties and perfect serves – Pub & Bar would like to understand what your customers are asking for and how important the Premium lager category is to your business.

Here at Admiral, we support any initiative that helps our licensees better understand how to run their establishment, and therefore encourage our licensees to take part in the survey.

As a thank you for taking the time to complete our survey, be sure to complete your details to be in with a chance of winning one of Pub & Bar’s Premium Lager prizes.

 

(Click here to take part)

 

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Tasting notes ‘could boost beer sales’

by Ashleigh 8/15/2014 9:57:00 AM

Breweries have been urged to include tasting notes on pump clips after new research showed almost 70% of real ale drinkers would branch out if given more information.


The poll, undertaken by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), also showed that 18% of people who have never tried real ale before would do so if given tasting notes – with the figure rising to almost half of 18-24-year-olds.


Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s head of communications, said: “CAMRA believes the new research highlights it is time to improve the information at the point of sale to help consumers understand what a beer is like before they purchase it. With approximately 1,200 British breweries now brewing over 8,000 different real ales, it is now time to make this change and introduce more people to the joys of real ale.”

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New app tells drinkers when they’ve had enough

by Ashleigh 8/13/2014 9:59:00 AM

Responsible drinking body Drinkaware has launched a mobile app to help drinkers track their alcohol consumption.  The free app, available initially on iPhone only, uses an extensive database of alcohol brands and sets personal goals based on the user’s drinking habits.


Drinkaware has also developed a pinpoint location function that it says will provide extra support in the places that are identified as “weak spots”, such as a favourite pub or the local off licence. The feature allows users to choose a location where they would receive a reminder to have one drink less at a specified time.


Ben Butler, head of digital at Drinkaware, said: “This app has been designed to help people change their drinking habits, by providing support and encouragement in a non-judgemental way at the times and locations people need it the most.”

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Controversial ‘free bar’ granted premises licence

by Ashleigh 8/13/2014 9:58:00 AM

Innsatiable, the controversial Surrey “furniture shop” that gave away beer, has been granted a premises licence. The venue, now renamed the Licensed Lounge, was issued a licence at a hearing last week, despite receiving an objection from a local resident.


However, owner Simon Atkins said he is considering selling the site in East Street, Farnham, so he can focus on opening another venue within the next two months, and expanding his unlicensed bar concept to London.


Atkins submitted a licence application for Innsatiable in June after magistrates issued a closure order for breaches of licensing laws. He said the bar’s business plan, which involves selling beer mats and furniture in exchange for “free alcohol”, will remain but the licence will now allow him to promote and enforce payment.

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Boltmaker named Champion Beer

by Ashleigh 8/12/2014 10:00:00 AM

Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker has been announced as the Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival, which took place last week. Oakham Ales’ Citra took silver while Salopian Brewing’s Darwin’s Origin was awarded bronze on the opening day of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) festival.


Peter Eells, Timothy Taylor head brewer, said: “We work very hard to produce great beers and we really believe this is the best beer we can brew – so to have it acknowledged in such an important competition is absolutely fantastic.”


Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson announced the winners at the popular event, which had over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers available, as well as tutored tastings and the opportunity to meet many brewers from across the UK.

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