Policing and Crime Act 2017 announces changes to the definition of alcohol

Alcoholic beverages fall in and out of favour with the drinking public as various fashions come and go. Babycham and Pina Colada have thankfully now been overlooked by craft ales and prosecco bars.

House Of Lords Licensing Review published

The House of Lords Select Committee report on its review of the Licensing Act 2003 was published earlier this month on 4 April.

Fraser Brown helps secure multi-million pound investment for Retail Assist

Fraser Brown Solicitors has provided a leading role in a transaction which has resulted in leading IT managed services and solutions provider Retail Assist to secure a multi-million pound investment.

The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme – Buyers Beware!

The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) has been active since 2016. In short, the scheme requires businesses who wholesale alcohol at or after the point at which Excise Duty is payable (the ‘duty point’) to be approved by HMRC.

House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 – update

The long awaited Report from the House of Lords Select Committee (seen below in action) concerning the Licensing Act 2003 will be released on Tuesday 4th April.

Is the Brexit Effect squeezing your margins?

Consider Our top 5 tips for countering this with your contracts.

Our Top Tips for Incoming Franchisors

Franchising in any country is all about the brand - to develop a franchise network in the UK you will need to ensure that your brands are registered here.

Criminal Finances Bill: New corporate offences

The Criminal Finances Bill received its second reading by the House of Lords on 9 March 2017, and the Committee stage, where there will be a line by line examination of the Bill, begins on 28 March 2017.

Are you ready for the new one pound coin?

On 28 March the new one pound coin enters circulation. For owners or users of equipment that require one pound coins (vending machines, gaming machines, supermarket trolleys etc) this is business critical.

Top 10 tips to get your business GDPR ready

The General Data Protection Regulations will be coming into force on 25 May 2018. The fines for failure to comply are significant in comparison to the current regime. To ensure that your business is compliant by this deadline follow our guidance.

More rights for passengers

In light of the recent strikes by the London tube workers and the rail strikes by train drivers on the Southern rail network, we look at the rights that passengers have and obligations on rail and coach companies.

Franchise resales – deposit rules

When considering buying or selling a franchise business you will inevitably be faced with the issue of whether a deposit payment is required.

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