Produced in Kent and Visit Kent have combined forces to “bolster the hospitality industry” with a new campaign dubbed ‘Support Your Local’. The initiative, which promotes a country-wide community appeal and marketing campaign, set to run from July to December 2020, aims to help local, independent businesses as they come out of lockdown. With pubs, …

Stella Artois street art

Stella Artois is harnessing the power of smart street art to help bars and pubs maintain social distancing for customers in a safe yet creative way. The Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I-owned beer brand is installing a 28×14 metre artwork at the heart of the Old Truman Brewery in London, using a combination of geometric shapes …

Leading trade associations representing the UK’s pub and hospitality sectors have today issued joint guidance to businesses on supporting Government’s track and trace customer registration scheme. The guidance, which can be accessed here, has been jointly produced by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality. It aims to …

Analysis of official Government data by real estate adviser Altus Group reveals that the overall number of pubs in England and Wales fell to 40,835 at the end of the first half of 2020 – down just 228 during the first half of 2020, despite enforced closures. Pubs in England and Wales by region Altus …

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and global tech company SafetyCulture have partnered to create a new app to support pubs in reopening safely this summer. BBPA and SafetyCulture have worked together to digitise a list of pub protocols that will help employees to carry out the essential risk assessments needed to reopen from …

Inception Group - Cahoots cocktail for NHS

London-based hospitality company Inception Group has announced a £25,000 bar tab for NHS workers spread across its sites as part of its reopening plans. From 4 July, Inception Group will begin to reopen its collection of bars, restaurants and pubs across London in phases, which include concept-led cocktail bar brands Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots. NHS …

Following confirmation that all pubs in England can reopen from 4 July, the ‘Long Live The Local’ campaign is encouraging people to visit their local pub to help it get back on its feet after months of closure. Backed by Britain’s Beer Alliance, the campaign aims to remind pub-goers of the great drinks, food, atmosphere …

In an announcement today (23 June), prime minster Boris Johnson confirmed that hospitality venues can reopen from 4 July, however the industry still awaits detailed Government guidance. The opportunity for many hospitality businesses to return from 4 July was greeted with relief and praise. For weeks, the sector has been pressing Government for clarity. The …

Twin Fin rum

Cornish distillery Tarquin’s, which is celebrated for its premium gins, is moving into the rum category with the launch of Twin Fin. Inspired by the coasts of Cornwall and the Caribbean, the new spiced golden rum is created using Cornish copper pot stills, blended with Jamaican pot still rum and a light, column-still rum from …

Hello Beer app

Hello Beer, a new mobile training app designed to upskill bartenders on beer and cider service quality, has launched with a free trial for all UK bar staff. With much of the UK on-trade currently furloughed due to coronavirus, Hello Beer allows operators to engage staff with easily digestible mobile training ahead of pubs reopening. …