Licensing e-news

Allergen Advice for Pubs

Napthens - August 12th 2014
From December 2014, under new EU rules, restaurants and pubs will have to ensure that customers are warned about any allergens in their food. If premises fail to due this, the Food Business Operators (FBOs) could be punished by way of a criminal prosecution and an unlimited fine to be decided by a Magistrate.
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Free TENs for Wales

Napthens - June 9th 2014
You will be aware from previous e-updates that premises in Wales had not been given the benefit of the extension to trading hours afforded to premises in England during the World Cup.
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Consultation on Business Rates…

Napthens - April 24th 2014
A discussion paper titled ‘Administration of Business Rates in England’ has recently been released. A copy of the paper can be seen online. In the Autumn statement 2013, the Government announced their support in aiming to...
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New Mandatory Condition…

Napthens - April 16th 2014
As advised in a previous e-update, earlier this year the Government confirmed their intention to implement a new mandatory condition prohibiting the sale of alcohol below the costs of duty plus VAT. The proposed wording of the mandatory...
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Changes to business rates

Napthens - April 3rd 2014
A number of changes to business rates took effect on 1 April. The changes are summarised as follows and could result in significant savings for many operators: A £1,000 business rate discount will apply to pubs, restaurants, local shops...
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Licensing hours relaxed for World Cup 2014

Napthens - March 31st 2014
The Home Office has released the response to the consultation on whether licensing hours should be relaxed for England’s games in the World Cup 2014. Overall, 75% of the respondents were in favour of a national relaxation of licensing...
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Personal licences set to stay

Napthens - March 28th 2014
The Government recently announced a consultation on whether or not personal licences should be abolished.As a result of the responses to that consultation, the Government has now announced that personal licences are remaining in place. The...
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Landlords warned to adopt firm stance against drinking games

Napthens - March 26th 2014
Many of you will be aware of the ‘Neknominate’ drinking game, which has been rife on social media over recent months. It is understood that the original parameters of the game require a participant to film themselves rapidly...
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Relaxation of licensing for World Cup

Napthens - March 17th 2014
A consultation has been launched by the Home Office to help determine whether licensing hours should be relaxed when England matches are played after 8pm (UK time) in the FIFA World Cup 2014. A relaxation of licensing hours would relate to...
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National minimum wage set to rise

Napthens - March 14th 2014
The Government has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this year’s adult and youth national minimum wage (NMW) rates. As recommended by the LPC, the following rates will come into effect on 1 October...
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British Summer Time is almost here…

Napthens - March 10th 2014
We are finally nearing the official start of British Summer Time and therefore the inevitable changing of the clocks. On 30 March 2014 at 1.00am (i.e. the Saturday night / Sunday morning) British Summer Time (BST) commences which means...
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Have your say on licensing fees consultation

Napthens - March 6th 2014
A public consultation has been launched by the Home Office in relation to the fees payable for licensing applications. Since 2005 licensing fees have been set nationally, but under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 it is...
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Government set to ban below-cost alcohol sales

Napthens - February 13th 2014
The Government has released details of its intentions to address the perceived issue of alcohol being sold for less than cost price.The Government intends to ban the sale of alcohol for below cost and has defined “cost” as the level of...
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Be prepared for Christmas trading hours

Napthens - November 29th 2013
The festive period is on the horizon and will no doubt provide a welcome boost for many in the trade. However, you need to be prepared in order to make the most of it. The majority of premises licences will have non-standard timings....
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Consultation on further deregulation of regulated entertainment

Napthens - November 19th 2013
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has issued a consultation on further deregulation of regulated entertainment, stating that the Government wishes to remove bureaucracy and cost from community entertainment activities, make it...
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Increase in Prize Limit for Cat C and Gaming Machines

Napthens - October 28th 2013
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has released a response to its consultation on proposals for Changes to Maximum Stake and Prize Limits for Category B, C and D Gaming Machines. The proposals include increased limits for prize...
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