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6,000 hospitality venues closed in 2023

Published:  30 January, 2024

New data released today (30 January) has revealed more than 6,000 hospitality venues closed in 2023, bringing the total number of closures since the pandemic to nearly 23,000.


Scotland calls out government for pubs closing at twice the rate of England

Published:  05 December, 2023

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) have issued a joint appeal to support their sector after it emerged that English businesses will receive a 75% reduction in rates bills for the financial year 2024-25.


Licenced premises down by a third since 2003

Published:  30 October, 2023

The number of licenced premises in Britain has fallen below 100,000, marking a 31% decline in the two decades since 2003.


Scotland on-trade facing ‘tidal wave’ of challenges, says SLTA

Published:  31 January, 2023

Scotland’s pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels face an unprecedented cocktail of challenges, according to the most recent Scottish Licenced Trade Association (SLTA) survey.


On-trade closures tally one an hour as economic crisis bites

Published:  20 October, 2022

Hospitality has lost 2,200 licenced venues in three months as crippling costs and staffing issues continue to hit business operators.


'OIV must embrace the digital revolution to stay relevant’

Published:  26 November, 2021

The director general of the OIV has called upon the global wine industry to more quickly embrace the opportunities afforded by new technologies, in order to stay relevant in a fiercely competitive world.


Venue closures and reduced service looming for hospitality

Published:  26 July, 2021

The hospitality sector is facing a summer of venue closures and reduced service following the government’s decision to leave the industry off the self-isolation exemption list, UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned.


Branded hospitality closures stabilise following steep decline

Published:  05 July, 2021

Newly released data has revealed a slowdown in outlet closures for some of the sector’s biggest companies, with the numbers levelling off versus the “steep declines” of 2018 and 2019.


Cork’s march to ascendancy

Published:  25 February, 2021

Having removed much of the taint of TCA to cork’s reputation, the classic stopper continues to establish itself as a benchmark of quality, as James Lawrence reports.


Domino effect looms as NI declares health and hospitality crisis

Published:  14 October, 2020

Northern Ireland has announced a month-long circuit breaker lockdown, signalling fears that similar measures could be on the way for the rest of the UK.


Number of licensed premises trading down 25,000

Published:  12 October, 2020

The number of licensed premises trading across Britain is down by nearly 25,000 on March levels as openings stall, according to the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. 


Hospitality has the UK's highest number of business closures and (almost) the most furloughed staff

Published:  14 May, 2020

A new survey showing how UK business are coping financially with the coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the pressures being put on the out of home food and drink industry.


Majestic shops to stay temporarily closed

Published:  25 March, 2020

Majestic has announced its shops are to remain temporarily closed despite the government having added off-licenses to its list of ‘essential’ businesses.


Making sense of it all

Published:  25 February, 2020

James Lawrence delves into the new and sustainable innovations in wine closures


Pub decline halted as food drives growth

Published:  16 January, 2020

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released figures showing that the long decline in the number of pubs in the UK has stopped, with a “small rise” in 2019 buoying up the sector for the first time in decades.


Cali wine adds NFC tech to closures

Published:  07 August, 2019

California brand Böen has become the first wine to add near-field communications (NFC) technology to its bottles.


Amorim buys 50% stake in Vinolok

Published:  26 July, 2019

Amorim has acquired a 50% stake in high-end glass and crystal closures producer Vinolok for an undisclosed sum.


Britain sees 3,000 licensed premise closures in a year

Published:  10 September, 2018

The number of licensed sites across Britain has dropped to 119,800 in the past year, with a total of 3,116 restaurants, pubs, bars and other licensed premises having been closed down.


Data shows widening gap between average bottle price for cork and alternative closures

Published:  09 October, 2017

New data suggests there is a widening gap between the average bottle price of cork-closed wine and wine that is sealed with alternative closures.