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Licensees – What Does the Future Hold?

Unless you have your head buried in the sand, you will be aware that there has been a concerted effort by the Coalition to reduce the deficit, and that includes looking at ways to cut costs and expenses across the Country. Sky News reported earlier this year that the cost to the NHS of treating… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

I’m a Hotelier, Get me out of here !!

For most hoteliers the last couple of years have been more than a struggle.  Indeed for some, including a number of high profile operators and suppliers, the pressures on the sector have proved too much and they have gone to the wall. For those that have survived, particularly in the “independent” sector, the combined effects… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Licensees – are you ready for the large scale legal reform to licensing this year?

The Coalition government is hell bent on rushing through the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.  It is likely, for the time being at least, that the Bill will receive Royal Assent and become enforceable at the tail end of 2011. Whilst there is a lot in the Bill which deals with other matters not… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Planning and related issues relating to pubs

Setting up your place of business Restrictions on Changes of Use for Drinking Establishments A drinking establishment is a venue where the primary purpose is for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks on the premises. Since 2005 drinking establishments, which include wine bars and pubs, have had their own use class (Class A4), and… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Safety at sports grounds

Eastbourne Borough Football Club will become one of the first of two teams to play in Brighton & Hove Albion’s new 22,500-seater American Express Community Stadium after it was announced as the surprise host of this year’s Sussex Senior Cup Final, which has been delayed until July 16th to enable it to become the first match… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

HOTELIERS – be careful what you are signing

As a Director of a Hotel Company, I am often asked to put on my solicitor’s hat and advise on various contracts that the general managers want to sign or, worse, signed some years ago and which they now want to get out of. In the dim distant past, hotels operated with a leather-bound reservations… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)