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Oldbury Fun Run 2017


Over the weekend, some of our intrepid team members took part in the Oldbury Fun Run, raising money for charity. Although some walked, some ran, and some did a combination of both, everyone made it round eventually and a great time was had by all!

Before, with our mascot, John Smith!

Remember, not only are charity events and fundraisers like this good team-building …

Juniper Joy

It would be hard put for anyone not to have noticed the recent Gin conquest of the spirit market; although the popularity of this traditional English spirit has plateaued, that doesn’t mean that businesses shouldn’t still get it on the action.


Whilst the history of Gin is rich and lengthy, and integral to the history of this country, there is far too much …

Make mine a virgin (no alcohol!)

Being among a small percentage of men and women who either drink no alcohol at all or less than one unit per week, I find it a challenging task to find somewhere to go out in the evening to have a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.

It is not always a cafe, or a restaurant, or a juice bar I am looking for. I want to enjoy the ambience of a friendly local …

Auto Enrolment – Implications of Non-compliance

In the past few weeks, you have been given an insight into what auto-enrolment is, and what your duties are as an employer. You may, however, be wondering what happens if you don’t comply or fulfil your duties – so I thought I could cover them here for you.
Who is Responsible?
You, as an employer, are responsible for meeting your legal duties for auto enrolment.
What happens if I don’t comply?
If you …

How Loud is Too Loud: Noise in Your Establishment


The ‘noisy bar’ debate isn’t new – the age old debate of club versus pub, sports bar versus restaurant; across the industry, opinions of the ‘appropriate’ level of noise for any establishment are rarely the same. But what’s appropriate isn’t the only thing to factor in when adjusting your volume dial.

The first thing to consider is the overall feel of your bar, …

What is MGD?

MGD stands for Machine Games Duty. It is a tax that came into force on 1st February 2013 and replaced the Amusement Machine Licence Duty and the payment of output tax on machine income.
How is it Calculated?
MGD is calculated on the gross takings of the machine at different rates. The three current rates are:

Machine Type
Cost to play
Rate you pay

Type 1 – lower rate
20 pence or less
£10 or less

Type 2 …

Automatic Enrollment, Staging Dates

Auto enrollment –Does that make you to stop and think! Why? Should I? How?
Well, don’t worry! Here are few of your questions answered.

Why Auto enrolment?

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put staff who are earning over £ 10000 per year and aged 22 or over into a pension scheme and contribute towards it.


What is staging Date?

The staging date is the first date that an employer must comply with the …

  • Posted: May 2, 2017
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Auto Enrollment rate increases

From 6 April 2018, you may be required to increase your contributions to the employee’s automatic enrollment pension. Once you have staged, the table below outlines the minimum contribution required by the employer at various checkpoints:

Phasing period
Employer minimum contribution

Before 5 April 2018

6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019

6 April 2019 onwards


Any employee that has been enrolled may also need to increase their contributions, as their rates are also rising to …

  • Posted: April 26, 2017
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When Is Tequila Not Tequila?

When it’s terrible!
You would be forgiven for immediately thinking of drunk students when faced with the word ‘Tequila’ – the high demand for cheap shots, among other factors, has dragged its good name through the dirt. But good Tequila is a fine, sipping-quality drink, and you will find more variety with which to entice your more discerning customers.

What about Tequila shots?
Not to worry …

  • Posted: April 19, 2017
  • Tags: Spirits
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Automatic Enrollment, An update

In the next few months, we are producing an article series to help employers prepare for the Automatic Enrollment process. This first edition is a quick reminder of what it’s all about.

Edit: Since writing this article BII has made the following announcement to its members

“The Pensions Regulator recently announced that it had issued a large proportion of penalty notices to employers within the food and drink sector. This is an …