Small beer… Hand-Pumped in brief

By: JimOldfield

July 22nd, 2016

Sometimes news, like beer, comes in gills rather than pints. Here’s Hand-Pumped’s latest round-up of ale stories in brief:   New Prime Minister Theresa May has only been in the job a few days… but already she has her own BEER! Come What May has been brewed in her honour by Hieneken UK’s pub business, Read the full post…

Scottish tied houses get Code of Practice cover

By: JimOldfield

July 21st, 2016

Scottish Beer & Pub Association has launched a new voluntary Code of Practice, covering 700 of the country’s 900 tied pubs. It enshrines protection for pubs across the country, will come into effect at the same time as the English & Welsh Statutory Code, and will be binding for pub-owning businesses, with protections for tied Read the full post…

England paceman Broad bowls into pub business!

By: JimOldfield

July 19th, 2016

England fast bowler Stuart Broad and Notts CCC team-mate Harry Gurney are bowling on into the pub business! The pair have launched a new venture, the Cat & Wickets Pub Company, and followed through by adding the first local to their portfolio. The Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club bowlers will soon be serving up deliveries at Read the full post…

Pubs’ health hangs in the balance after multiple shockwaves

By: JimOldfield

July 17th, 2016

Two starkly contrasting pictures of our pubs’ health has been painted within days, as the local faces a host of new challenges… both in Europe and from the silver screen. CAMRA has hailed a “brighter future” for the pub – revealing figures that the net number of pubs closing per week fell from 27 to Read the full post…

BBPA awards deadline is looming

By: JimOldfield

July 14th, 2016

The deadline for entries to the BBPA awards for 2016 is looming! Brewers, pubs and other hopefuls have only until August 26 to submit their bids for victory in this year’s revamped competition. The British Beer & Pub Association and Pub & Bar magazine are continuing the partnership that began last year, and the BBPA’s Read the full post…

Brewers’ Brexit benefit? It’s possible, says drinks analyist…

By: JimOldfield

July 13th, 2016

Britain’s Brexit from the EU could have a positive influence on the UK craft beer scene, says a leading drinks industry analyst. Francois Sonneville, beverage analyst at Rabobank, says that, with domestic competition likely to ease as foreign competitors are affected by the weakness of the British pound, British brewers could flourish. However, he warened Read the full post…

This May be a good move, says BBPA

By: JimOldfield

July 13th, 2016

The British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed the swift move by the Conservatives to install Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister. BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said: “It is good to see that the process to find a new Prime Minister has been completed quickly, and this will help ease some uncertainty Read the full post…

Up-rate business rate reviews, says BBPA

By: JimOldfield

July 10th, 2016

The British Beer & Pub Association is backing a Government proposal to smarten up business rate revaluations to at least a three-yearly cycle. In a proposal to the Government, the BBPA has set out a plan for a new, more flexible self-assessment model, to help avoid extra costs for the pub sector. The call comes Read the full post…

Hand-Pumped news: pub roundup

By: JimOldfield

July 8th, 2016

The White Horse, in the tiny Lincolnshire village of Marshchapel, hosts its fourth annual beer and music festival this weekend. The fest – in aid of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust – runs on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 1,000 people expected to turn up. A total of 18 beers and ciders Read the full post…

Stonegate shows no sluggishness in profits

By: JimOldfield

July 7th, 2016

The Stonegate Pub Company – which owns Yates and the Slug and Lettuce chain – has posted excellent new revenue growth figures for the first half of the year. Total revenue across Stonegate’s 660 managed pubs and bars was up 12.8 per cent to £342m for the period to April 10, up from £303m on Read the full post…