A major new campaign – #VATsEnough – is calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make the 12.5% VAT rate permanent for hospitality and tourism. Doing so will enable sector businesses to create 125,000 jobs, rebuild their balance sheets, boost investment, avoid damaging price increases and accelerate the UK’s post-pandemic economic recovery. The #VATsEnough campaign comes in …

Drinkaware, the alcohol education charity, Wednesday announced the appointment of Lucy Armstrong as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Armstrong succeeds Sir Leigh Lewis KCB who is retiring after seven and a half years. Responsible for overseeing the work of the charity, the board of 12 trustees from a broad range of professional …

A combination of climate change, labour shortages and increased shipping costs is threatening Britain’s wine supplies, with prices rises likely to follow. In response, Wine Drinkers UK (WDUK) is calling on the Government to commit to freezing wine duty at the upcoming Budget, in a show of support for industry and wine drinkers who are …

London’s first absinthe distillery uncovers an 18th century recipe revealing the city’s own origins of Absinthe Devil’s Botany Absinthe Regalis (63% ABV, 700ml, devilsbotany.com/absinthe-regalis) from Devil’s Botany Distillery (Walthamstow, London) As sure as the Devil’s in London — While the city was drenched in madness and merriment from what would become known as the Gin …

The Boston Bakers Irish Whiskey – a unique blend of three single malted whiskies from three cask finishes – has launched.  Created with a nod to the Irish neighbourhood communities which established across Boston and East Coast America during the last century, The Boston Bakers is a celebration of friendships forged over traditional Irish whiskey.  …

The Drinks Trust today announced its new vocational hardship initiative Develop, a scheme designed to lift people out of long-term hardship and help tackle the staff and skill shortage in the drinks hospitality sector – with the ambition of training and placing over 750 staff in the first 12 months of operations. Additionally, Campari Group UK have been …

We haven’t just left the bar, we’ve raised it!  Carefully considered from the rich history of cocktail making, Bristol Cocktails, has burst onto the scene with three super-premium ready to serve drinks. The premier collection will see the classic Pina Colada*, PornStar Martini* and Margarita* launch first which will be quickly followed by Clover Club and …

The impact of the pandemic has given workers a new taste for more adaptable ways of working, and for many the typical 9-5 is now restrictive and old fashioned. Recent research across employment sectors has found people now actively seek out flexible working options, searching for jobs that allow you to work around your studies, …

Edrington UK’s Whisky Specialists, Michael Green and Joseph Ellis share their thoughts on the importance of training post-lockdown and Edrington’s extensive educational offering… The recent restrictions imposed upon the hospitality industry due to the pandemic have demanded change, initiating new ways of working and creating opportunities for revenue growth and people progression. Whilst the challenges …

Roxy is for social people who want to embrace their playful side, bringing the playground to the bar, with a huge variety of games, and massive rock and indie tunes. Their venues provide a range of entertainment including pool tables, ping pong, bowling, mini golf and karaoke. We caught up with Ben Jones, Commercial Director of …