BHA News


Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme: Guidance for Trade Buyers

From 1 April 2017, anyone buying alcohol from a UK Wholesaler for sale or supply to consumers will need to check that they are using an approved supplier.  What is the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme?  The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme was put in place to reduce the risk of illicit alcohol, on which no duty… Read more »

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Budget 2017 – Policy Overview

The Chancellor’s first, and last, Spring Budget (from now on the Budget will be presented in the autumn) has focused on boosting productivity, upskilling and building up a Brexit safety fund to get the country “back to living within its means”. As Government announces further details on each we will keep you updated. If you have… Read more »

Ufi Ibrahim Chief Executive British Hospitality Association

BHA Responds to Budget 2017

In response to the Budget Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today Ufi Ibrahim, the Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said:    “The £300 million spread around England’s local authorities to  soften the blow of massive increases in business rates is a tiny drop in the ocean. In addition the hike in alcohol… Read more »

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BHA Members named Disability Champions for Government

Three British Hospitality Association (BHA) members have been appointed disability sector champions by the Minister for Disabled People. Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels and BHA member, was appointed Hotels Disability Champion. Mr Sheppard will use his influential status as a leader in the industry to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people…. Read more »


Temporary Advice for Caterers: Avian Influenza and Free-Range Poultry

In December 2016, the UK Government established Prevention Zones to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza, including a housing order for poultry. Over this winter, 9 cases of Avian influenza H5N8 have been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low… Read more »

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FSA Update: Approved Meat Plants

Following a recent Food Standards Agency consultation, new regulations have come into force requiring specific approval for establishments producing minced meat preparations for foods intended to be eaten less than thoroughly cooked. This means that caterers selling less well-cooked (“4-log10”[1]) burgers need to use an approved supplier. For concerned establishments, approval must be secured by… Read more »

Impact of UK leaving EU on UK tourism industry

BHA offers to help Brexit secretary hammer out immigration law

Hospitality and tourism leaders are urgently seeking a meeting with Brexit Secretary David Davis to hammer out an EU migration plan following Mr Davis’ “heartening” comments this week that the UK would keep its door open for service workers in hospitality, agriculture and social care.