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Be Inclusive Hospitality opens Spotlight Awards 2022

Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH), founded by Lorraine Copes to advance racial equity in Hospitality, Food and Drink, is proud to announce its inaugural UK BIH Spotlight Awards, taking place on 24 October 2022.

The awards will celebrate businesses and individuals of exceptional talent and achievement from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds working within the hospitality industry today.


Chef of the Year
African Food
Caribbean Food
East and South East Asian Food
South Asian Food
Middle Eastern Food
Bar/Pub of the Year
Drinks Professional of the Year
Writer of the Year
Head Office Impact
Rising Star

The public are invited to put forward nominations across all categories, and self-nominations are also welcomed. The shortlist and winners will be decided by our expert judging paneI.

In addition, there will be two Peoples’ Choice awards which will be decided upon calculating the most nominated person and restaurant.
The Peoples’ Choice Person of the Year
The Peoples’ Choice Restaurant of the Year

Entries will be open via the BIH Spotlight Awards website from 1 August to 9 September 2022. The shortlist will be published on 24 September 2022 and winners announced at a live event ceremony on Monday, 24 October 2022 at Percy’s London.

The judging panel for the BIH Spotlight Awards will be co-chaired by two of the industry’s most respected personalities, TV presenter and celebrity chef Andi Oliver alongside CEO and chairman of luxury restaurant group, D&D London, Des Gunewardena.

Joining them on the judging panel will be food and diversity consultant Mallika Basu; Masterchef winner and restauranteur, Shelina Permalloo; author and chef, Mike Reid; global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell; wine and sake educator, Shane Jones.

Andi Oliver comments:
‘I am thrilled to be working with the brilliant Lorraine Copes and Be Inclusive Hospitality on these hugely significant awards. We all love our industry but there is no denying it needs a shake up! The way that we view excellence can and should be expanded. There are amazing chefs from a plethora of backgrounds, working all over the country, who are creating stunning food that reflects the multiplicity of culture in the UK. This is a way to uplift and celebrate their work! And right on time it is too!’

Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality says,
‘Our aim for the BIH Spotlight Awards is to present opportunities for the nominees and winners alike enabling them to advance and widen their business networks and audiences. We look forward to celebrating the success of some of the brightest stars of the present and the future’.

For further information on the BIH Spotlight Awards: Social Tag: @beinclusivehospitality

National Pubwatch celebrates 25th Anniversary

National Pubwatch is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 

The voluntary organisation, which supports over 800 pubwatches across the UK, works to promote safe, secure and social drinking environments in all licensed premises throughout the UK. 

In celebration of the voluntary organisation hitting 25 it is handing out special commemorative coins, which feature the Red Lion pub in Westminster, London on one side, to thank people within the industry for their support. 

Chair of National Pubwatch Steve Baker OBE said: “National Pubwatch has been helping local pubwatches for 25 years ensuring that pubs and licensed premises can offer safe and responsible premises for people to drink in. 

“We would like to acknowledge everyone who has helped us along the way. We are a small, voluntary organisation that relies on donations to fund our work and would like to thank our supporters. The members of the National Pubwatch committee and our regional representatives are people that are dedicated to helping promote responsible social drinking environments. We are committed to help licensees and the trade to continue to offer safe venues for the next 25 years and beyond.”

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association OBE, said: “For 25 years National Pubwatch has provided an invaluable service through helping to enable safe and comfortable drinking spaces for everyone across the country
“Working alongside businesses, local agencies and the public pubwatch helps our industry thrive through the promotion and prioritisation of inclusion and community and for that, we thank them.”

It was 1997 when two publicans and a former police chief made the momentous decision to set up National Pubwatch.

The three founders - Raoul De Vaux, licensee and magistrate, often known as the “politicians’ publican” during his stint at the Red Lion in Westminster, Malcolm Eidmans, a former police chief superintendent and licensee Bill Stone, - recognised the importance of supporting local pubwatches in their fight to provide safe drinking areas.

The aim of the organisation was to support existing pubwatch schemes, and to encourage the creation of new pubwatches across the country.

The ethos, which is still relevant today, is that pubwatches should be run by licensee members for their own benefit, but that they should work positively in liaison with the police and local councils.

The last 25 years has seen a raft of ground breaking developments from the voluntary organisation. In 2009 the NPW Court Not Caution campaign led to official recognition from the Sentencing Council that an assault on bar staff was an aggravating feature (a fact that increases the severity of an act).

In the same year the Haverhill court case broke new legal ground.  A builder called Francis Boyle tried to overturn a pubwatch ban in Haverhill, Suffolk.  National Pubwatch approached JD Wetherspoon for help who entered the case as an ‘interested party’ and instructed Kingsley Napley to represent them. His Honour Judge Mackie QC held that individual licensees have an unrestricted right to exclude anyone, particularly those who they see as troublemakers, from their premises.

The ruling also said that licensees were entitled to form groups or associations to pool information and make the exclusion of potential troublemakers more organised and systematic.

National Pubwatch launched its first national conference in Clerkenwell, London, in 2003; created the first national database of pubwatches in the UK; encouraged and supported several pub companies to adopt positive policies towards pubwatch; opened links with industry bodies and the Home Office to ensure it is regularly consulted on new legislation and provides support for various industry initiatives on social responsibility, such as the Proof of Age Standards Scheme and Best Bar None.

The voluntary organisation has also launched its range of free training to help licensees to tackle issues such as vulnerable people.

The National Pubwatch Awards, the Malcolm Eidmans Award and the Award of Merit now recognise both those in the trade and the police that support the licensed trade.

Steve Baker hands a commemorative coin to Sofia Vancke, manager at the Red Lion pub in Westminster where it all began.

Sky to show Usyk vs Joshua Rematch exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office

Sky has today announced that it will be making the much-anticipated Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua rematch available to its commercial customers through Sky Sports Box Office.

The fight, scheduled to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 20 August 2022, will see British heavyweight Anthony Joshua attempt to regain the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles after his unanimous decision defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk last year. 

Damian Saunders, Managing Director for Sky Business TV and Enterprise Comms, said: “Our customers and pub-going sports fans have enjoyed a long history with AJ, with Sky Sports broadcasting his every fight since he turned professional in 2013. We also know Oleksandr Usyk very well, having had the last four of the Ukrainian’s fights exclusively live on Sky Sports. This rematch is a massive occasion with everything on the line and so many questions to be answered. Boxing remains one of the best sports to watch in a pub and it gives another reason for sports fans to get down to their local and watch the action unfold.” 

Joshua and Usyk’s first fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London took place last September and was one of the most watched fights in Sky Sports Box Office history. 

Since his defeat, Joshua has revamped his training set up, now working with American trainer Robert Garcia alongside Angel Fernandez in a bid to avenge the second defeat of his professional career.

The British heavyweight can become a three-time world champion if he defeats Usyk next month. The Ukrainian is recognised as one of the sport's pound-for-pound best fighters, becoming undisputed world cruiserweight champion in 2018 before claiming three heavyweight belts.

Boxing fans can follow the latest boxing news via @SkySportsBoxing on Twitter and follow Sky Sports Boxing on YouTube and Facebook.

New awards launched with £17,500 prize fund 

Journalists, writers, bloggers, broadcasters and photographers who communicate about beer or pubs are invited to enter the Guild of Beer Writers' annual awards before the deadline of 2 September. This year's competition offers entrants a choice of 16 categories - its highest-ever - and the chance to share in a £17,500 prize fund.

Two new awards are being launched, for Best Communication About Diversity in Beer, and for Best Communication about Cider, the latter following the Guild's decision to broaden its remit to support cider. At the same time, several categories have been reshaped to better reflect the way writers and others communicate about beer and pubs.

All category winners, runners-up and the overall Beer Writer of the Year as well as Brewer of the Year, will be announced at the Guild's popular Awards Dinner, taking place on 23 November at One Great George Street in London.

All entries will be judged on how well they further the Guild's mission "to extend public knowledge and appreciation of beer and pubs".  Judging is carried out by a panel of writers, communicators and industry experts chaired by Pete Brown, current Beer Writer of the Year.

Guild Chair Emma Inch said, "We are delighted to be running our annual awards with more categories than ever and a generous prize fund for our winners.

"Despite the challenges for our industry over the last couple of years, support for the competition has been unwavering, both from the brewers and others who sponsor the awards, and from the communicators who enter their work.  We'd urge anyone who communicates about beer, pubs or cider to look out their best writing, audio, video or other communication from the last 12 months and enter: the awards are open to all, and all have an equal chance of winning."

She added: "In addition, we're thrilled to be returning to One Great George Street for our Awards presentation and dinner, which has become a ‘must attend' in the industry calendar, with bars provided by our sponsor brewers, wonderful food matched with beers, and the company of around 200 Guild members and industry friends."

This year's judging panel includes: Mitch Adams, Beer Sommelier and beer buyer at Euroboozer; Molly Davis, head of communications at the BII; Claire Dodd, travel and drinks writer; Matt Eley, communications consultant and former editor of Inapub magazine; Fergus Fitzgerald, production director at Adnams; Kelly McCarthy CBII, licensee of the Old Sun Inn in Yorkshire; John Mitchinson, co-founder of crowfunding publishers Unbound; Ned Palmer, cheesemonger and author and Michelle Perrett, industry journalist and communications expert.

After initial judging, the Guild will publish a shortlist for all categories in November, and winners and runners up for each will be unveiled at the Awards Dinner. One category winner will go on to win the overall Beer Writer of the Year Award and the Guild also will also name its Brewer of the Year, sponsored by SIBA, based on votes cast by Guild members.

Tickets for the Awards Dinner, open to Guild members and industry friends, will go on sale on the Guild website later this year. 

Full details of all categories, and advice on how to submit entries, can be found on the Guild's website. Entries must be received via our dedicated entry website by the closing date of 2 September and work submitted must have been published between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022.

This year's categories
Best Commissioned Beer Writing, sponsored by Greene King
Best Beer Communicator, Regional Media, sponsored by Adnams                                       
Best Book about Beer or Pubs, sponsored by HEINEKEN
Best Audio Beer Communication, sponsored by Asahi UK
Best Communication about No and Low Alcohol Beer, sponsored by Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
Best Communication about Sustainability in Beer and Pubs, sponsored by Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company
Best Communication about Beer and Travel, sponsored by VISITFLANDERS
Best Communication about Pubs, sponsored by Shepherd Neame
Best Newcomer to Beer Communication, sponsored by Fuller, Smith & Turner                                   
Best Citizen Beer Communicator, sponsored by Krombacher
NEW: Guild Award for Best Communication About Diversity in Beer
NEW: Best Communication About Cider
Best Beer Business Communication
Best Self-Published Beer Writing
Best Video Beer Communication
Best Corporate Beer Communication

Winners of the Guild of Beer Writers Awards 2021 including overall Beer Writer of the Year Pete Brown (centre)

The great moderation: 1 in 3 pub visits now alcohol free

A new report from KAM and Lucky Saint sheds light on the ‘new UK drinker’.

New research from KAM and Lucky Saint shows nearly 1 in 3 pub visits (29%) and 37% of restaurant visits, now alcohol-free.
Report also shows 55% of all UK adults are reducing their alcohol intake.
Lucky Saint predicts the UK Low & No market to be worth upwards of £450million by 2024, following IWSR data that Low and No alcohol beer purchases stood at USD 454 million in 2021.
Huge opportunity to emulate European neighbours in adoption of ‘low and no’ alternatives, says report owner Lucky Saint.

The average UK drinker is now frequently moderating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, according to a new industry report produced by the UK’s leading dedicated alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint and KAM, with nearly one in three pub visits (29%) and 37% of restaurant visits being completely alcohol-free.

Some 55% of UK drinkers consume fewer than ten units of alcohol per week, according to the new research. This is in comparison to NHS reports that 60% of adults drank up to 14 units per week in 2019.[1]

This new ‘moderate’ group of drinkers are, however, also the most likely type of drinker to visit a pub at least once per month (78%), highlighting a major shift in consumer behaviour. Drinkers are increasingly moderating their alcohol intake while attending social occasions.

The new report, ‘Low & No 2022: The Customer Perspective’, sheds light on changing drinking habits throughout the UK. It found that the majority (58 per cent) fell into the category of having an alcoholic drink at most three times a week, with 29% of the population currently drinking three days a week or more. It also showed that some 55% of UK drinkers are looking to reduce alcohol consumption in 2022, rising as high as 65% for Gen Z.

Better health was the largest driver behind moderation, while respondents identified taste as being the number one reason when choosing an alcohol-free option.

Whilst alcohol consumption has risen within the last three years, the report identifies a growing ‘middle ground’ of drinker, who orders soft drinks, teas and coffees, or alcohol-free drinks while out.

The report also established people’s reasons for moderating drinking. Aside from having to drive, the most popular included wanting to stay fresh for a ‘big day’ the next day (31%), if others aren’t drinking within a social group (30%) or being able to attend another activity such as organised sports (25%) afterwards.

It additionally highlights the top alcohol-free occasions for consumers in pubs, bars and restaurants. Over forty percent of respondents identified a family meal with young children as their main occasion, while visits for lunch (32%) and work meetings (31%) also ranked highly.

Supermarkets were identified as the main market for the growth of alcohol-free choices from consumers in the UK, but Luke Boase, founder of Lucky Saint, pointed to the UK’s slow adoption of credible low and no alternatives compared to other countries. 

Boase commented:

“We’re at the start of a cultural shift in our attitudes towards drinking in the UK, as we see an increasing number of drinkers who prefer to moderate their choices.

“The likes of Spain, France and Germany all have at least five times the market share for low and no options compared to the UK. Consumers want taste and quality, but historically there’s not been a product that fits the bill

“This report shows just how significant the opportunity is. In a sector that only knows people as drinkers and non-drinkers, there isn’t much understanding of how to cater to the majority of UK pub-goers currently.

“We need to rethink what we understand as a ‘non-drinker’ in the UK. Those who move fast to tap into this market in the UK will see huge rewards in the coming years.”

Research from the IWSR (the globally trusted source for alcohol trends) put Low and No alcohol beer purchases at USD 454 million in 2021. Meanwhile, Lucky Saint expects the UK Low & No market to be worth upwards of £450million by 2024, having achieved 180% YOY growth since 2021.

Elsewhere, major global brewers point toward a wider global shift towards a growing alcohol-free market. AB InBev aims to have no & low ABV beverages make up 1/5th of global production by 2025, while Heineken predicts 20% of total brand sales will be no & low “within a few years”.

Katy Moses, Managing Director (MD) at KAM said:

“Without a doubt, alcohol consumption habits are shifting in the UK. Despite short-term flux during the pandemic, an overwhelming proportion of Brits intend to cut down their consumption over the next 12 months.

“It’s no surprise then that consumer awareness of the low and no category is at an all-time high. UK drinkers are looking for ways to drink less alcohol but don’t want to miss out on all the occasions where alcohol is normally present- going to the pub with friends, celebrating a birthday at home, enjoying a beer while watching sport, for example- and the increasing number of high-quality alcohol-free options available is being welcomed by UK drinkers.

“The growth in popularity of the alcohol-free category isn’t primarily driven by those who never drink alcohol, but rather the huge number of Brits who simply want to moderate their intake and are looking for a great tasting alternative. The research suggests that low and no alcohol has certainly hit the mainstream and is here to stay.”


BII Summer Trading Survey Results: June 2022

Pubs are key for growth and levelling up in every community, but Government support essential to their future survival.
A survey of British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) members, has highlighted the fragility of pubs in every community across the UK, as they face huge inflationary headwinds, disproportionate costs for their businesses, severe staff shortages and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on consumers.

Our nations’ pubs represent a unique opportunity, bringing together significant economic
contribution to the Treasury, supporting jobs and careers for people of all ages, whilst providing an
essential and accessible hub at the heart of every community.

Impact on profitability

The survey revealed that over 75% of members are down on the revenues they saw in 2019, with
84% of those being down by more than 10%. 28% are down by more than 30% vs 2019.
In addition, 86% have reported that their profits are down vs the same period in 2019 and almost
half of those were seeing profits down by more than 30%.
Their profits are being eaten away by the exceptional cost inflation they are facing across the board,
with 66% saying their costs have increased more than 10%, 43% saying their costs have increased
by more than 20% and 1 in 10 experiencing inflation of over 40% in the last 6 months.
Consumer confidence has also taken a massive hit, with changes in behaviour since the pandemic
and their reduced disposable income as they themselves face hikes in the cost of living, which all
further impact on the profitability of local pubs.

Staffing crisis

75% of pubs currently have vacancies in their businesses that they are struggling to fill. Of these,
over half have more than 10% of their roles currently vacant and 1 in 8 have more than 20%
The impact of this lack of staff means that 1 in 2 pubs are having to reduce their trading hours, and
1 in 4 are having to close their doors for 1 or more of their usual trading days, losing valuable
revenue opportunities. All this, when they should be trading fully to make the most of the summer,
ahead of the quieter autumn and winter periods.

Financial sustainability

A worrying 30% of respondents said they currently have no cash reserves in their business, with a
further 50% only having between 1 - 3 months’ worth of cash reserves.
Furthermore, 70% have debts in their business, with over a third of those carrying debts of up to
£30k, 40% having debts of up to £50k and a huge 1 in 4 pubs having debts of between £50k and
over £100k. Without support, business failure will result in much of the repayment of Government
backed debt will be lost.
When it comes to investing in the future of their businesses, nearly 90% are not currently seeking
any additional finance and of those who were, 2/3 have not been successful in securing that
finance through any route. 1 in 4 have used their own savings to invest but only 5% have been
successful in securing finance through their existing bank and only 16% able to access funds through
a new or additional bank.

Future trading

15% say that their business is no longer viable, and they will be leaving or selling their business
shortly. Of these, over 1/3 have been in the trade for 10-20 years and over ¼ have been running
pubs for more than 20 years, losing the wealth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the
local community of these licensees and their families.

Priorities for Government Support

The following are the key areas for support that BII members have identified:
1. VAT reduction for hospitality businesses
2. Energy price rise cap for pubs
3. Full cancellation of business rates for 23/24
4. Draught beer and cider duty cut for pubs
Many of our members operating drink led venues, commented that a VAT cut had marginal benefit
for their businesses and would want to see any cut extended to alcohol to ensure a level playing field
with supermarkets and other retailers.

Steve Alton, CEO of the BII commented:

“Pubs are a vital and vibrant part of our unique heritage and national identity. They provide safe
spaces for all, offering a diverse range of opportunities for people to come together; from breakfasts
to business meetings, celebrations to community connections and everything in between – they are
an essential and intrinsic part of British life.

“Hospitality is not a small subsection of our economy – pubs are everywhere in the UK, providing the
opportunity for economic and social value in every village, town and city and can be the key to
growth and unlocking the levelling up agenda across the nation.

“They also offer a vast range of employment and career opportunities to people from a wide range
of backgrounds, education and demographics.

“With so many shops disappearing at a rapid rate from our high streets, they are essential for the
regeneration of our communities and towns, but are currently under threat from the exceptionally
tough trading conditions that they are battling.

“Government support is essential to enable us to create and develop economic, employment and
social value growth in every community. There is no need for failure with the right support in place,
but if Government do not step forward, they will have missed the opportunity to tackle so many of
the issues we are facing as a nation, head on.

“Pubs have weathered the storm of Covid, by repurposing and diversifying their offer, creating safe,
environments in every community, welcoming customers and teams from all walks of life and caring
for those communities in the darkest of times.

“Without support from Government across the 4 key areas our members have identified, we will
undo all of the good they do in bringing people together. Without support we will lose the
opportunity for growth and regeneration, we will lose pubs from the heart of their communities, and
we will lose something very special in our nations’ unique heritage and culture.

“They now need, and deserve, the support that can enable them to survive and thrive once more.”

Related links:

Click here to read the letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State

Click here to view the full Survey Report

Staying safe working in the sun

The British Summer has arrived meaning people up and down the country in the hospitality sector will have long days working outside.

From waiting on tables in beer gardens to running attractions or even undertaking maintenance work – many more will be outside! 

A day in the sun sounds ideal but like many things, it does come with some risks. Working in the heat can cause dehydration, resulting in a loss of concentration and reduced productivity. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can also cause uncomfortable and potentially dangerous sunburn, which in turn, can lead to skin cancer.

Below, are our top tips to staying safe in the British sun:

Avoid midday rays – UV levels are typically highest between 11am and 3pm. If possible, plan tasks so this peak time is avoided.

Stay shady – if setting up a stall or workstation, seek out shade to protect the team. Remember though, the sun moves during the day, and you may not always be in the shade. If using gazebos or shelters, check that the material is UPF rated. The protection factor of material does reduce over time, so replace covers if they are starting to wear.

Cover up – loose clothing is your best friend when it’s sunny.
Extra tip: wear tops that cover your shoulders and materials with a close weave as they are more effective at blocking the sun rays. When choosing team uniform, think about how safe and comfortable it is to wear when spending time outside.

Get ahead, get a hat – a wide brim hat will provide protection to the face and neck. They can also look pretty dapper!

Rotate and rest – ensure your team are taking regular breaks and rehydrating – have drinking water readily available for them. Look to rotate team on tasks, reducing the time they are working in the sun.

Layer it on – shade, covering up and reducing time in the sun are the best ways of reducing the risk of sunburn and skin cancer. However, working in the sun cannot be avoided sometimes. Using sunscreen reduces but does not remove the risk of sunburn and skin damage. Team should be encouraged to use sunscreen, ensuring that it is over SPF 15, has a 4- or 5-star rating for UV protection and is in date. Remind your team to apply sunscreen liberally and re-apply throughout the day.

Risk assess - A risk assessment must be undertaken, identifying significant hazards and the controls required to reduce the risk. Your team must be trained on the control measures and the actions they must take.

Train the team – Make sure the team know the risks from working in the sun. Training can be included in your induction, part of your pre-shift briefing on particularly sunny days and supported with posters on the notice board.


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