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Schofields partner with Arc

Bar operator Arc Inspirations has partnered with Joe and Daniel Schofield for the launch of the ARCademy training school. 

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CLASS partners with Celebrate Her

CLASS has become the official UK media partner to Celebrate Her, the new non-profit organisation aiming to support women in hospitality.

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Poll: 45% of bars in England to open outdoors in April

A Classbarmag.com poll suggests 45% of bars in England will open for outdoor service at the earliest opportunity – currently scheduled for April 12.

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Sunak announces support package

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a package of support to the hospitality industry as it recovers from the pandemic. 

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Celebrate Her to offer grants to women in hospitality

Anna Sebastian has relaunched Celebrate Her as a non-profit organisation aimed at elevating female talent in the hospitality industry.

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UKHospitality welcomes bounce-back grants

UKHospitality has welcomed a £5bn Government package of grants aimed at helping the high street reopen.

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Filippos Filippopoulos on leaving The Watermark Bar

Filippos Filippopoulos has left Leed’s Watermark Bar with immediate effect, citing the financial pressures of the pandemic.

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Diageo completes Chase Distillery deal

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Herefordshire-based craft spirits firm Chase Distillery for an undisclosed fee.

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Camus and Adriatico launch French Connection cocktail kit

The French Connection may be one of the easiest cocktails ever invented but it is also the most stylish slow-sipper. Mixed from just equal parts of Cognac and Amaretto, an authentic French Connection requires top-notch ingredients to express its best.

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Hospitality bosses hopeful of long-term growth

Hospitality leaders are optimistic about the long-term future of the on-trade and its role in driving the UK’s economic recovery, if further support is provided ahead of reopening, a survey has found.

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Take part: New poll on bars reopening in England

Classbarmag.com is undertaking a new poll of the bar industry to gain a clearer idea of when bars in England plan to reopen. 

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Hospitality in Scotland facing reopening uncertainty

Hospitality in Scotland could reopen from April 26, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced, though will be subject to the country’s Level System, which is not due to be updated until mid-March.

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Bar owners react to England's 'Hospitality Liberation Day'

Following yesterday’s government announcement that bars could open from May 17 (outdoors from April 12), CLASS gauges industry reaction to the timetable for reopening, the support required to get them there and their outlook for 2021.

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UKHospitality demands support after Spring reopening announced for England

UKHospitality has called on a “major package of support” for hospitality following the UK government’s roadmap for releasing England from lockdown.

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PM announces reopening dates for bars in England

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the earliest dates England’s hospitality industry may reopen following its forced closure.

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Hospitality to be last stop on England’s phased Covid roadmap

Hospitality is set to be the last sector to be re-opened in a three-phase release from lockdown in England, as the government prioritises schools and outdoor recreational contact.

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Japanese whisky makes steps towards transparency with new labelling standards

The Japan Spirits and Liqueurs Makers Association has announced a new set of labelling regulations for the sale of Japanese whisky.

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Terroir in whisk(e)y: New research reveals compelling evidence

New research has found evidence that the influence of soil, microclimate and topography on barley has an impact on the flavour of whisk(e)y.  

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Scottish trade bodies slam Covid Report

The Scottish Hospitality Group and UKHospitality Scotland have rejected a University of Stirling Report that questioned whether pub and bar operators can “effectively and consistently prevent COVID-19 transmission".

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Hospitality bosses call for VAT cut, rates holiday and budget support

More than 160 CEOs from leading UK hospitality businesses have called for urgent support to help the sector survive, rebuild and drive economic recovery as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Scottish Hospitality Group: only 32 confirmed staff Covid cases since July

The Scottish Hospitality Group, whose members employ over 6,000 people, has suffered only 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff since July.

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PM agrees to talks as appointment of Hospitality Minister moves closer

Prime Minister Boris Johnston has agreed to meet with members of the hospitality sector to discuss the appointment of a Minister for Hospitality.

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WKB launches Pinãq Liqueurs and 3 Kilos Premium Dutch Vodka

In this sponsored announcement, WKB brings news of new product launches. 

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A Shot in Time captures the essence of hospitality

Our Future Proof has launched its first campaign in support of hospitality with A Shot In Time, a series of five limited edition prints aimed to represent common emotions connected to hospitality.

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Tiers of a clown: England's pandemic measures and the closing of bars

England's new tier system - overlaid by a government-ordered boycott of hospitality - amounts to a lockdown of bars in all but name. Hamish Smith comments