THROWING SHAPES AND RAISING MONEY: BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE RETURN OF THE HARRIS LAMB CHARITY BALL

If you know anything about Team HL, you’ll know that we party as hard as we work, and that we love to do our bit to help good causes. That’s why we’ve decided to host our first charity ball in five years this Autumn: to let our hair down, enjoy time with our colleagues, friends and family, and raise money for a fantastic local organisation: Edward’s Trust. On Friday October 13th, we...

IS IT ALREADY TIME TO REFORM THE REFORMED BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM?

By Andrew Hulbert, Director of Business Rates The Valuation Office Agency is having a bad time of it lately, as it comes to light that the new Check, Challenge, Appeal system it now applies to business rates, isn’t going down at all well with rate-payers. Had the VOA taken concerns from both rate-payers and their agents on board prior to introducing the controversial system on April 1...

BLACK COUNTRY AUTHORITIES ISSUE CALL FOR SITES AS CORE STRATEGY REVIEW IS LAUNCHED

Sam Silcocks of Harris Lamb Planning Consultancy on what local authorities in the Black Country are looking for. The Black Country Authorities have issued a Call for Sites alongside its Issues and Options consultation for the Black Country Core Strategy Review. The Core Strategy Review extends the plan period until 2036 and the consultation document outlines the need to identify additional ...

BUSINESS RATES HIKE CLAIMS ITS FIRST PUB TRADE VICTIMS

By Victoria Trafford, Director of Business Rates Well, as we feared, increased business rates have taken their toll on a number of pubs across the UK, resulting in their closure. The Morning Advertiser has reported that the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has cited climbing business rates as a factor in the recent closures, further to its warning the Government for several ...

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT AS PUBLICANS’ SPORTS BILLS ARE SET TO FALL

The licensing industry can a hotbed of controversy when it comes to charges and price hikes, but one of the biggest bugbears for licensees is the cost of providing Sky for customers. With the Premier League, the Lions Tour and the Grand Prix promising to be a huge draw for customers this year alone, Sky has become a necessity for the majority of pubs looking to increase their profits, but it is...