Punch wins award for training scheme

Punch has won best training programme, leased and tenanted companies over 200 outlets, at the BII National Innovation and Training Awards, for its unique training scheme, Art of the Possible. The awards, held at London’s Café de Paris, celebrate those who have...

Beer and cider duty frozen in Budget

The Chancellor has frozen beer and cider duty in today’s Budget, but is to bring forward legislation to raise taxes on high-strength so-called white ciders. The duty freeze follows a concerted campaign by various groups over the past few weeks, albeit with some...

First micropub for Castle Rock Brewery

Castle Rock Brewery’s first micropub and wine cellar on Carrington Street, Nottingham will retain the name of the sweet shop that graced its location and will open before Christmas as the Barley Twist. For generations, the much-loved shop offered travellers and locals...

Huge public support for pubs ahead of Budget

There is huge public support for action to help brewers and pubs in this week’s Budget, according to a new YouGov poll. Of those expressing a view, those who want the government to take action to support the brewing industry outnumbered, by more than two to one, those...

Major refurbishment for Dog & Duck, Wokingham

Brakspear has taken its managed estate up to ten sites with the re-opening of the Dog & Duck, in Wokingham, which has undergone a major refurbishment. The refurbishment has been carried out by Brakspear’s in-house design team, with the aim of retaining the...

Scotland to adopt minimum alcohol pricing

The Supreme Court has backed a bid by the Scottish government to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, despite a challenge from the drinks industry. The move was actually approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago, but the Scottish Whisky Association claimed...

Greene King pubs in Lord Mayor’s Show

Greene King represented the UK pub industry in the Lord Mayor’s Show by bringing to life its most iconic London pubs, including the Punch and Judy, Golden Lion and Shakespeare’s Head, on a bespoke float using one of its drays. BBC presenter Sonali Shah interviewed...