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Changing government perception

Covid-19 has brought the strained relationship between the bar industry and the government to the surface. Millie Milliken asks what needs to change post-pandemic.

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The dos and don'ts of reopening

John Ennis, managing director of the eight-venue strong Graffiti Spirits Group in Liverpool, says the latest reopening is a critical moment in which profitably trumps everything. He lays out what you should and shouldn’t do to emerge from lockdown stronger.

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They call it news - you can call it marketing

Meet the drinks journalist – nocturnal by nature, sometimes bedraggled, predictably thirsty, but often useful. Introduce yourself, tell them what you’re up to, build a relationship. They call it news, but you can call it marketing, says Hamish Smith.

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Why the Roaring 2.0s could actually happen

The last pandemic was followed by the Roaring Twenties. Could history be about to repeat itself? Oli Dodd says if conditions continue to align, it just might.

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Buying your bar: is it now time to own, not rent your premises?

Hamish Smith weighs up the pros and cons of bar owners buying their premises, with the help of some industry operators with first-hand experience.

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Unprecedented times? Curfews and licensing restrictions are actually our history

Far from unprecedented, restrictions on hospitality are rooted in our medieval history. Dexter Plato turns town crier

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Why bar marketing matters

Marketing is simply letting people know what you’re doing and helping them understand it, says Ryan Chetiyawardana. Why wouldn’t you want to pay for that, he asks?

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Brands' pandemic performance and consumer loyalty

There’s a business case for digging deep during a crisis. Lucy Britner looks at COVID-19’s impact on the big drinks companies and consumer behaviour

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Creativity in a crisis - how to pivot your bar

Nothing will make up for not having customers, but there are things you can do to build your brand and open up new avenues of revenue – if not for now, then later. Hamish Smith hears how to make the best of a bad situation...

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Social media's changing role in the bar industry

Social media has dramatically changed the way we share and consume information. But as platforms mature and consumers wise up to sponsored content, the next five years are set to look very different, finds Lucy Britner.