Licensees will face changes to live music regulations, smoke free signage and minimum wage.

Deregulation of live music is set to come into force, which means that performances of live music between 8am and 11pm will not require permission. For amplified music, the audience can be a maximum of 200 people.A consultation on guidance and forms is currently being conducted, but forms will not be available before 31 October. (more…)

After the merger of the Publican and the Morning Advertiser last year, the Publican Awards was relaunched as the blue-riband event for pubcos — and by far the biggest night in the industry’s calendar. (more…)

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has urged the Government to employ all possible controls to monitor the activities of the controversial venue, while health minister and local MP Jeremy Hunt has written a letter to the new minister responsible for alcohol licensing, Jeremy Browne, asking for action. (more…)