Blog posts - alcohol licensing

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Christmas is nearly upon us so if you have not yet applied for any TENs (Temporary Event Notices) for any events which are not covered by a Premises Licence, then you need to act now. Soon it will be too late.Remember that Christmas Eve and New Years Eve fall on a Sunday, so it would be a good idea ...
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
What licences do you need to screen entertainment and play music in your venue?These requirements apply if you are entertaining the public in your venue or just entertaining your staff.Screening TV and filmsFirst of all you may need appropriate licenses from a satellite broadcaster to screen such th...
Thursday, 16 March 2017
It is nearly a year since the Immigration Act 2016 hit thestatute books on 12 May 2016. So what parts of it are in force and how does itaffect the trade?The first relevant measures came into force on 12 July 2016.It is of course not without significance that the Brexit Referendum vote hadbeen only a...
Monday, 23 January 2017
Why should licensees be concerned with red tape affecting wholesalers of alcohol? Because if they buy from a wholesaler who is not registered they could face a fine of up to £10K!The Alcohol Wholesalers Registration Scheme requires those UK business who sell alcohol to other business at or aft...
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Licensing authorities have the option of introducing a cumulative impact policy which will apply to one or more defined areas or zones within their area of authority. So how do they go about introducing such a policy, and what effect will it have on existing licences and new applications?Firstly, th...
Thursday, 14 July 2016
In December 2015 I discussed the problems posed to pubs and other established premises with a premises licence by changes in use and development of nearby property which would add residential occupants likely to complain about noise nuisance. See my blog on this issue.The government has since s...
Monday, 6 June 2016
Now that summer is truly with us it is worth looking how you can maximise your profit by taking advantage of what looks like being a summer of music sport and fun.We start off with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations on Saturday 11th June, which handily coincides with the start of the Euro 2016 f...
Thursday, 21 April 2016
The High Court has recently upheld a Licensing Authority decision to revoke a Premises Licence where the owner had knowingly employed an illegal immigrant.A restaurant and takeway owner had employed a chef who did not have a right to work in the UK. He was paid cash in hand, below the minimum wage, ...
Friday, 18 March 2016
Back in December 2015 I posted a blog about the problems which often occur when there is a new development next door to an existing and usually long established venue which generates noise. A bit like people who move next to an airport and then complain about the noise.There have now been some sensi...
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
So you want to sell alcohol at a one–off event such as a festival, or perhaps have some form of entertainment, or maybe provide late night refreshment? Or maybe you already have a Premises Licence but wish to relax any restrictions for a particular event, maybe a quiz night, fancy dress ball, ...
Monday, 4 January 2016
On 1 January 2016 the total number of temporary event notices (TENS) that can be applied for in respect of any one premises in a calendar year increased from 12 to 15. This change was made by section 68 of the Deregulation Act 2015.Whilst any increase will be welcome to the trade and event organiser...
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
When it comes to noise, pubs are a bit like airports. For both, noise is an ever present issue, and it is always surprising how often people move next to long present airports and pubs, and then complain about the noise. Another annoying aspect for operators of both establishments (and night clubs a...
Thursday, 29 October 2015
There have been recent calls by the 3 emergency services to abandon the so-called 24 hour licensing and return to the days of limited hours for the sale of alcohol. They claim an unacceptable demand on the services brought about by the new night time economy with its associated alcohol fuelled self ...
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Firstly, what are minor variation applications and when can they be used?If anyone who holds a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate wishes to alter the structure of the premises or layout which will differ from the filed plan, or wishes to add or remove licensable activities, change the hou...
Monday, 7 September 2015
Last month I blogged about the need for a PPL and/or a PRS licence if playing music. They cover the licensing of the authorship and artistic rights. But do you also need to have music covered by a Premises Licence? That depends.The playing of music, whether live or recorded, is usually classed as "r...
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
In the news this week is the apparent drastic decline of the night club, almost halved within a decade, with various comments on the reasons behind the closures. Some have suggested that it is a change in habits, with outdoor festivals and live music events more popular. Others have suggested that i...
Monday, 6 July 2015
In this blog I talk about the need to have an appropriate licence to play recorded music from the organisations which represent the composers or performers of the original material. In a later blog I will go on to cover the additional need for a Premises Licence if the playing of music constitu...
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
The Licensing Act 2003, which came into force in 2005, brought with it far reaching and often nonsensical regulation of entertainment. Since then a series of deregulation measures have addressed the over abundance of red tape. The latest, and probably last, changes came into effect on 6 April 2015.L...
Monday, 30 March 2015
The Government has rushed through various changes during the last few working days of Parliament and the new Deregulation Act came into force on 26 March. We now also know when the various provisions will come into force.Personal Licences Personal Licences which expire on or after 1 A...
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
I will now take a look at what is in store for the licensing world in 2015.The unknown quantity is of course the looming general election in May. I suspect that whatever happens it may have an impact on parliamentary business, and legislation in the pipeline may well be delayed yet further. And...
Monday, 8 December 2014
Not for the first time the government, much like its predecessor, has got itself in a muddle due to delay in introducing otherwise worthy legislation. This time it is all to do with the renewal of Personal Licences. You may recall that the current licensing regime came into force in November 2005, a...
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
New Statutory GuidanceOn 13 October the Home Office published the new Statutory Guidance under Section 182 Licensing Act 2003. This was necessary to take into accounts changes since the last update in June, notably the new mandatory conditions, and Temporary Event Notice application forms.The new Gu...
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions)(Amendment) Order 2014 comes into effect on 1 October 2014, and to mark this event the Government have issues a new Guidance on the mandatory conditions.Essentially the 5 mandatory conditions have bee condensed into 4, the evil dispensing d...
Friday, 20 June 2014
Fines Increase The industry seems to be getting itself into a bit of a pickle over the Government’s recent proposed hike of maximum fines for various offence relating to alcohol and the Licensing Act 2003. Reading the comments you would think that underage drinking had been specifically target...
Friday, 16 May 2014
During the last few days both Houses of Parliament have approved the Licensing Act (FIFA World Cup Licensing Hours) Order 2014, which will extend licensing hours between 12 June and 14 July 2014.There are some important points to note: it only applies to pubs and clubs etc in England it only applied...
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
In my last blog on the subject I looked at the current powers to close premises. So what is coming up next?The current government is attacking anti-social behaviour and is looking to give more powers to individuals to hold authorities to account on their response to complaints. We have already seen ...
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
The Government has surprised us all with the announcement last month that there will after all be minimum pricing for alcohol intended to take effect on 6 April this year.. We all thought this was a dead duck when they dropped the proposals for a minimum price per unit last year. But the new regulat...
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Two recent news items caught my attention. The first one was about a Kent pub where they are no longer allowed to use their patio due to noise issues. The second the police drive in London to make all pubs and venues open after 12 midnight use plastic glasses.In each case the issue relates to one&nb...
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
A Happy New Year to you all!What will 2014 mean to the licensed trade?We may see an change to the Personal Licence as a result of the consultation late last year-see my blog of 23 October 2013. But my comments have been largely echoed by the trade. Do not throw the baby out with the bath water! I ho...
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
The government has launched a consultation on abolishing Personal Licenses. The consultation is running from 12 September to 7 November 2013. Now I am all for getting red of red tape, but is this a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? So what is proposed? 1. Personal Licenses will be ab...
Monday, 16 September 2013
This week is the so-called Police "week of action". So all operators of premises selling alcohol, providing late night refreshment, and providing regulated entertainment, and those holding temporary events, must be extra vigilant.At the top of the police list will be tragetting under age d...
Thursday, 25 July 2013
On 23 July the Government published its response to the consultation on delivering on its alcohol strategy policy of March 2012. One of the main policies the Government was proposing was of course a minimum unit price for alcohol. It has decided not to introduce this, for the time being. It has also...
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Since the new licensing regime came into force in 2005 I have seen countless examples of CCTV conditions needlessly demanded on Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates by police and environmentlal health officers. I recall one EHO declaring pub dance floors the root of all evil and demandin...
Monday, 3 June 2013
The Live Music Act came into force on 1 October last year, and this was the first phase of the government's drive to cut red tape on entertainment. See my blog for details.New regulations are now before Parliament which will relax further the need to have a Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notice...
Friday, 19 April 2013
From October 2012 every Licensing Authority has been able to decide whether to introduce a Late Night Levy in its area. In making the decision they must consider the costs of policing and other arrangements for the reduction of crime and disorder relating to the supply of alcohol between midnig...
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
It is good to see a Licensing Authority setting out what it expects of licensed premises in its area. The recent Code of Good Practice and accompanying Traffic Light System introduced by the City of London do make it clear to licensees what, in the opinion of the City of London, they need to do to o...
Thursday, 21 March 2013
After what it seems like endless years of bad news for the trade, the government apprears to have woken up to the damaging declne in business and its effects both on the commercial well being and the social life of  of the nation.First came the news this week that the government is ab...
Monday, 4 March 2013
Physical alterations If you are thinking about carrying out any physical alterations to premises which have a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate for one or more licensable activities, the first thing to is to check the authorised plan of the premises. This is the plan which was filed with...
Monday, 28 January 2013
Hot on the heels of my blog last week on under age sales of alcohol, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills Better Regulation Office has just issued a new Code of Practice on Age Restricted Products. To see it click here.It replaces the 2010 LACoRS guide, and whilst principally aimed at...
Friday, 25 January 2013
What are the offences? 1. It is a criminal offence for any person to sell alcohol to someone under 18, wherever the sale takes place. There are no exceptions. The maximum fine on conviction in a magistrates’ court is £5000. 2. In licensed premises, it is a criminal offence knowingly to a...
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
HMRC have extended the deadline for registration for Machines Duty to 11 January 2013. All those responsible for premises which have dutiable gaming machines must register with HMRC by then or risk penalties of up to 100% of the duty payable.The new tax comes into force on 1 February 2013. It replac...
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
The government has today launched a 10 week formal consultaion on its plans for the minimum price for alcohol, which it sees as a key instrument in its battle against “binge drinking” and the social and health consequences of alcohol abuse. Basically it is proposing 45p per uni...
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Perhaps the 2 most controversial parts of the licensing changes made by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 come into force today, 31 October 2012. Some will say that Halloween is an approriate day for such draconian measures!Heralded by the Home Office as "new powers to spread...
Thursday, 13 September 2012
The Live Music Act comes into force on 1 October. The government (Department for Culture Media and Sport) has also issued a draft Guidance  for consultation by 28 September, so the Guidance will only come after the new provisions are in force!! A new revised statutory Guidance is due to be...
Friday, 24 August 2012
The Home Office have just published a 45 page updated Guidance on False ID, replacing the February 2011 edition. The full document can be found on the Home Office website.It seeks to offer best practice guidance on identification evidence, where it is required to prevent under age sales of alcohol, ...
Thursday, 23 August 2012
If you intend to carry out one or more of the 4 licensable activities, you must apply for a Premises Licence to the Licensing Authority for the place where the premises are situated. The four licensable activities are:- The retail sale of alcohol The supply of alcohol to members of a club Regulat...
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
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Thursday, 26 April 2012
New and significant changes to the Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 25 April 2012, as a result of implementation of some parts of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The remainder, including Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders, the Late Night Levy, and ...
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force in 2005 there have been a number of occasions when certain police forces have closed down licensed premises with immediate effect where they consider that they are operating in breach of the conditions on their Premises Licences. Often the breaches are tr...
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Licensing Act 2003 general reforms The government have announced their intention to bring in some of the new measures contained in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in April 2012. The remainder are likely to come into force in the autumn, as a major redrafting of the Statutory Gui...
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Topics covered: Diamond Jubilee and Olympics Temporary Event Notices Minimum Price for sale of Alcohol Licensing Act 2003 general reforms Music and Entertainment Diamond Jubilee and Olympics As we approach these significant occasions for celebration, there are ample opportunities for the licensed...
Friday, 11 November 2011
Since my blog in September, there have been no major developments with the reforms already in the pipeline, but here is an update: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act This came onto the statute books on 15 September 2011. However, we still do not know when the Act will come into force. That ...
Monday, 8 August 2011
The government and its predecessor have been under pressure to relax the heavy hand of regulation strangling the music scene in pubs, ever since the “2 in a bar” rule was abolished in 2005. Before Westminster departed on holiday, proposed changes were thrashed out in the House of Lords, ...
Friday, 29 July 2011
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill is nearing the end of it’s passage through Parliament and will probably be given the Royal Assent before the Autumn is out and come into force some time early next year. So what is all the fuss about and what will it mean to the licensed trade? ...
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Last week I blogged about consuming alcohol in pub gardens and similar areas. But how does a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) affect such areas?Many local authorities have made DPPOs to combat the problems that can be caused by drinking alcohol in public. The DPPO will set out the specific geog...
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
There is a lot of confusion, notably on the part of the Police, about where alcohol may be consumed where it has been purchased in premises licensed to sell alcohol by retail.In premises licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, the plan filed with the application for the licenc...
Friday, 1 April 2011
Licensing ReformsWe are all waiting for the government's so called "rebalancing" of the Licensing Act, which will involve some fundamental changes to licensing law. The changes are in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, currently on its way through Parliament. It is good...
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
The Department of Health has published its Responsibility Deal, and has immediately run into trouble with 6 health bodies who have refused to sign up as they say that the drinks industry has been allowed to dictate health policy.This is a shame as with any partnership such as this it is necessary to...
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
The Government has given its support to a Private Members Bill which propses to cut the red tape on live muisic in pubs which hold 200 or less. They will be exempt from restrictions on regulated entertainment, and will not need to be licensed for such entertainment.The Government support has cost an...
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Back in August 2009 I blogged on the thorny issue of confiscation of false or forged identication documents. I said that although confiscation was widespread, the legality was far from clear. My view was that no one but the Police had the right to confiscate identity documents, but in practice ...
Friday, 4 February 2011
Karen Murphy, the landlady of a small pub in Portsmouth, yesterday scored a spectacular goal against the Premier League and Sky in the Euopean Court of Justice.This goes back a few years to when she was convicted and fined a substantial sum for using a Greek satellite receiver for showing Premier Le...
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
The government has just announced its plans for the minimum price for alcohol, which it sees as a key instrument in its battle against “binge drinking” and the social and health consequences of alcohol abuse. The method they have opted for, the rate of duty plus VAT, is the easiest to le...
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Back in January I blogged on the Police powers to close licensed premises. But those powers do not extend to bona fide members clubs who possess a Club Registration Certificate rather than a Premises Licence.I have just advised a members club. They have a Club Registration Certificate. They held a p...
Thursday, 28 October 2010
As we approach the festive season, there may be occasions when your current Premises Licence or Club Premises Cerrtificate does not give you enough scope to hold a particulare event. For example your hours for sale or supply of alcohol may not be what your customer wants, or you do not have a partic...
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
My last blog talked about the last 2 new mandatory conditions which came into force on 1 October 2010, first of all requiring an age -verification policy where alcohol is sold, and secondly smaller measures of alcoholic drinks. Since then there has been some confusion over what these new condit...
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Back in March I blogged on the 5 new mandatory licence conditions attached to every Premises Licence and Club Premises Certificate. To remind you the first 3 came into force on 6 April 2010, and the remainder come into force this Friday 1 October 2010. All apply even if not endorsed on the paper doc...
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Licensing initiatives from surprising quarters.Getting away from the flurry of stories on the Government’s consultation on their proposed changes to the licensing law (a done deal I think!), a couple of unrelated stories in the Morning Advertiser caught my eye. And I very much doubt they will ...
Friday, 13 August 2010
Police to take over Licensing? Perhaps it is going too far to suggest that the Police are taking over licensing, but the trade would be forgiven for thinking that the pendulum is about too swing too far in favour of the Police. Here I am referring to the Home Office consultation on revamping the lic...
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Earlier this month the Morning Advertiser ran a story about the Derby police chief wanting a temporary ban on new licences in the city. It immediately struck me that the Chief Superintendant either did not know his licensing law or he was making a point to provoke a change to the existing law. So wh...
Monday, 19 July 2010
It seems strange that Military ID may not be accepted as poof of age when buying alcohol. You may think that Military ID is the most secure form of ID. But for a long time the acceptable forms of ID have been a Passport, European Driving Licence (with photo), and a PASS accredited card. All the trai...
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
The new government is moving ahead rapidly with consultations in a number of areas effecting the licensed trade. It is rumoured that the fast track review of the licensing laws will result in measures being introduced in parliament in the autumn.And let us not forget the promise to get rid of red ta...
Monday, 5 July 2010
You may remember the flurry of activity by the last government during the last few months of 2009 to introduce electronic licensing via the web. It was all done in a rush to avoid breach of EC legislation. I said at the time that it was a pig's ear, was full of flaws and uncertainties, and that Lice...
Monday, 21 June 2010
Back in March I blogged on the new mandatory conditions which came into force on 6 April. One of these conditions was a ban on irresponsible promotions.But remember the overiding requirement with the irresponsible promotions condition, that even if a promotion falls into one of the listed categories...
Monday, 7 June 2010
You may remember that back in February I blogged on the outcome of the court case supported by The British Beer and Pub association (BBPA) which meant that PPL had been overcharging to the tune of perhaps £20m across the industry since 2005.It has just been announced that Phonographic Performa...
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
The celebration of the World Cup with promotional events and high spirits is bound to bring out the kill joys. There will be occasions when celebrations are taken to excess, but is it necessary for a doomsday approach by the Home Office? It is rumoured that they are taking a tough position in "...
Monday, 24 May 2010
After much speculation that the brief for licensing will be passed from the Department for Culture Media and Sport to the Home Office, there has obviously been a change of mind as the news confirms that the responsibility for licensing will remain with the DCMS.The new Minister for licensing is John...
Monday, 17 May 2010
Back in January I posted a blog about the police tactic of closing pubs immediately for minor or indeed any breach of a condition on the Premises Licence. I stated that the police had no power to force pubs or any premises to close or cease licensable activities of selling alcohol, late night refres...
Friday, 14 May 2010
For many years the police have been reluctant to target under 18's who buy or attempt to buy alcohol. Almost always they have gone for the staff who are behind the bar, and usually with fixed penalty fines. And with failure of test purchases the Premises Licence owner has either been prosecuted, tak...
Monday, 10 May 2010
It looks highly likely that there will be a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition, so what is that likely to mean for licensed premises?In fact the Election Manifestos of both parties were remarkably similar. Where Labour would have continued with their programme of creeping legislation driven...
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
A reminder that 3 of the 5 new mandatory conditions come into force on Tuesday 6 April 2010. These conditions apply even if they are not printed on the Premises Licence. The new conditions are that free tap water is provided on request where it is reasonably available, that no alcohol is dispensed d...
Thursday, 11 March 2010
The recent news that a West Yorkshire pub has been forced to sack some young waitresses due to local by-laws prompts a look at the law on employment of children in the trade.In the case of the Yorkshire pub the Kirklees Council by-laws state that children under school leaving age cannot work after 7...
Monday, 1 March 2010
In the excitement of buying an established hotel, corner shop, restaurant, pub or off-licence, or for the more adventurous setting up a new one, many overlook the vital licensing requirements with the possibility that they will open their doors but be unable to make any of the vital sales of alcohol...
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Pubs and other venues which pay licence fees to PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited) for playing music are due a substantial repayment following a High Court ruling last week.It is estimated that they have been overcharged to the tune of £10 million since 2005, and it should result in saving...
Monday, 8 February 2010
Just breaking is news that the government have appointed John Healey MP as minister for pubs, a new role designed to head up a task force to save the traditional british pub which are closing now at the rate of 39 a week (52 a week a year ago) according to the British Beer and Pub Association.Perhap...
Monday, 18 January 2010
Over the past few years there have been a number of occasions when certain police forces have closed down licensed premises with immediate effect where they consider that they are operating in breach of the conditions on their Premises Licences. Just before Christmas there were 2 such cases in the n...
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
At the end of the second week of 2010 we can look back on Christmas and look at predictions for the year. Trade over Christmas seems to have been very patchy. Some independent real ale brewers have reported good trading figures, whereas other sectors have posted disappointing results. I cant help bu...
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Last month I told you about the changes made by the Policing and Crime Act 2009 of November. The government have just announced that they will be bringing in to force some of the changes earlier than we expected. Perhaps an early election is on the cards?The intention is to introduce the following c...
Monday, 14 December 2009
There is nothing like a looming election to concentrate the mind of government. Those issues which have been festering in a dark corner of their cupboard suddenly are dragged out to be sorted. Never mind that they have been waiting for 7 years, it is now all hands to the deck to make the Licens...
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Along with their New Year celebrations the trade can at last raise a glass to the fact that they will be able to submit most licensing applications and notifications on-line from 28 December.This should have been possible from 2005 when the new licensing regime was introduced, as it would have saved...
Thursday, 8 October 2009
So now we know. Alcohol licensing is to be a political football in the run up to the election, with possible irretrievable damage to the trade to follow. I knew at the time that handing over responsibility for licensing from the magistrates to locally elected politicians was a huge mistake on a Troj...
Thursday, 17 September 2009
The Times reports this morning that none other than Lord Mandelson appears to have stepped in to halt crippling red tape which few other than the Home Office thought necessary or sensible.Mandy appears to have a bigger stick than the Home Office bully boys! Where the Licensing Minister from the DCMS...
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Under 18s are canny at using all means to try and buy alcohol. Often this involves fake or borrowed identification documents such as passports and driving licences. Many pub and other retail outlets are adpting a policy of confiscation of ID and sending it to the relevant authority such as the Passp...
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
On Wednesday 29 July 2009 new procedures come into force for dealing with so called "minor variations" of Premises Licences. The problem is that the government have failed to nail a helpful definition. As usual the language they use is woolly and open to wide variation. And in this case th...
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Since 2004 not a summer has gone by without a campaign to target licensed premises selling alcohol to under 18’s. This year sees a slightly different approach, with the focus on 69 youth crime priority areas designated by the government. £1.4 million of “new cash” has been co...
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
The recently issued Home Office consultation “Safe Sensible Social” suggests that new regulations will come into force in the near future requiring licensed premises to display UK unit contents of alcoholic products. This will be in addition to the voluntary code between the government a...
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Will punters be amused by the prizes? In June the maximum stakes and prizes for Category C Amusement with Prizes (AWP) machines in pubs is set to double. Maximum stakes will be £1, and the maximum prize will go up to £70. But this news comes with a sting in the tail, as machine tax is ri...
Friday, 15 May 2009
Licensee Kerry Fenton clearly grabbed the headlines with her bid to boost customers by getting round the smoking ban, but was she right? She established a designated room in her pub and claimed it was for smoking research. Customers who smoked there were required to fill out a questionnaire on their...
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
A great summer of sun is forecast, and the licensed trade desperately needs kind weather particularly after last year’s washout and the winter of credit crunch misery. Sunshine puts everyone in a good mood, and particularly customers who will be more inclined to spend their cash as part of the...

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