Greenpeace Block Coca-Cola London Building

Apr 12, 17 Greenpeace Block Coca-Cola London Building

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Coca-Cola’s London HQ has its entrance blocked yesterday (11th April 2017) by Greenpeace to protest the company’s role in dumping plastic into the ocean. The Wimpole Street office was blocked by a 2.5 tonne sculpture of a happy family sitting on a beach whilst a helpless seagull was being chocked by plastic right next to them. Greenpeace believe the soft drinks giant produces 100 billion tonnes of single use plastic and this figure is on the increase. Greenpeace UK senior oceans campaigner Louise Edge stated, ‘Rather than dramatically reducing its plastic footprint, Coke is actually increasing its use of throwaway plastic bottles, which are polluting our oceans and being ingested by everything from seabirds to turtles.’ A Coca-Cola spokesman was saddened by the action as they said ‘Coca-Cola is one of the few consumer goods companies whose packaging is 100 percent recyclable.’ The world’s largest soft drinks provider claims it has reduced its plastic production in the UK by 15% since 2007 and continues this worldwide. Greenpeace may welcome Coca-Cola’s new scheme rolled out in Scotland in March which sees a small refundable fee being charged at the point of sale which is returned to the customer after they have returned the plastic bottles. What do you think of Coca-Cola and Greenpeace’s hostility? Let us know...

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Will our Brexit deal be better than the Swiss?

Mar 29, 17 Will our Brexit deal be better than the Swiss?

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29th March 2017 marks the historic day in British history as Prime Minister Theresa May sends a letter to European President Donald Tusk triggering Article 50 and our leaving of the European Union, known as Brexit. A large topic for debate with many left wondering just where this will leave UK and the businesses within it. One company who, after a recent event involving Switzerland, now have serious doubts about leaving the EU is Mobile Bar Hire based in Dartford, Kent. The portable bar providers were asked on Monday 20th March to deliver a bar counter to Switzerland for Thursday 23rd. A mean feat for many businesses but Mobile Bar Hire are well use to providing bars on the continent and began organising the install. However, the business came across a problem – Switzerland are not part of the EU Free Trade agreement meaning the SME would need to pay over £600 for an accelerated ATA Carnet, a document that allows goods to enter the country. This unforeseen costing was forwarded to the client who themselves were surprised at the additional documentation required when importing from the UK. Mobile Bar Hire’s Directors called the Swiss High Commission in London and Swiss Customs in Switzerland on several occasions to try and rectify the issue but to no avail. Due to the increased costings incurred, Mobile Bar Hire were not able to provide the service for one of their largest clients whom had to source bar counters within Switzerland to overcome this ATA Carnet issue. This has left the bar providers worrying for their future expansion as they have recently provided bars in France, Italy and Latvia and are concerned that leaving the EU will force European clients to source equipment from within their own countries due to what may well be increased costs for Mobile Bar Hire to import goods. Mobile Bar Hire Director Ragbhir Sandhu said, ‘Having expanded our European coverage greatly in the past few years, this incident with Swiss documentation which has...

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Good Morning Britain Celebrate Paddy’s Day With Guinness

Mar 17, 17 Good Morning Britain Celebrate Paddy’s Day With Guinness

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17th March marks St Patrick’s Day, the time of the year everyone embraces their inner Irish! Good Morning Britain celebrated on ITV this morning by Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard enjoying a pint of Guinness live on air! The Guinness bar, keg and equipment were provided by Bexley based Mobile Bar Hire Ltd. The portable bar providers were contacted by ITV on the 16th March in the late afternoon and asked if the set up could be carried out that night – a task that was taken by Mobile Bar Hire and executed within just a few hours of the phone call. The bar was adorned in Irish memorabilia such as shamrocks and was cited as ‘Eamonn’s Bar’, named after the Irish presenter Eamonn Holmes. A runner was asked to pour the Irish tipple with Kate and Ben enjoying the taste live on tele. This is not the first time that Mobile Bar Hire have worked with ITV having previously provided equipment for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Let’s Do Lunch With Gino and Mel. The Kent bar providers have also worked with the One Show on BBC. Did you watch Good Morning Britain this St Patrick’s Day? Let us know your best Guinness moments...

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Pub Rates Reduced in Spring Budget 2017

Mar 09, 17 Pub Rates Reduced in Spring Budget 2017

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Pubs were provided a helping hand by the Chancellor Philip Hammond in yesterday’s Spring Budget. British pubs are closing at over 20 a week throughout the country due to high rates and duty but pub rates are set to be reduced by £1000 for establishments with a rateable value of less than £100,000. The rateable value of a pub is calculation based on the rental value of the space which will see 90% of British pub rates subsidised by the scheme. However, many landlords are seeing this as a double ended sword as beer, cider and certain spirits have seen a hike in duty: Duty on a 750ml bottle of wine increases by 8p to £2.16 Duty on a 750ml bottle of sparkling increases by 10p to £2.77 Duty on a 750ml bottle of fortified wine increases by 11p to £2.89 Duty on a 70cl bottle of vodka at 37.5% increases by 28p to £7.54 Duty on a litre bottle of vodka at 37.5% increases by 40p to £10.78 Duty on a 70cl bottle of Gin at 40% increases by 30p to £8.05 Duty on a litre bottle of Gin at 40% increases by 43p to £11.50 So, whilst pub rates have been subsidised for smaller establishments, their beer duty has been increased which could potentially seriously affect brewery-tied pubs which have a small profit margin. Beer duty has been raised by 2p a pint for the first time in 5 years. “UK beer drinkers, pubs and brewers have been let down by the Chancellor’s decision to increase beer duty for the first time in five years,” said Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s national chairman. If you think help with pub rates are a positive but increase in alcohol duty a negative, please let us know...

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Mobile Bar Hire Sponsor Bexley Skills Charter

Jan 26, 17 Mobile Bar Hire Sponsor Bexley Skills Charter

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The Bexley Skills Charter was launched on 18th January and has been designed to encourage conversation between all types of organisation including Businesses, Learning and education providers, Information, advice and guidance providers and Support services. These conversations will aim to ensure the London Borough thrives in 4 key areas: A learning offer fit for the future A skilled workforce for strong and sustainable growth A thriving business and enterprise environment A culture of continuous learning and development One of the first businesses to sponsor and support this Bexley Skills Charter was Mobile Bar Hire Ltd. The portable bar providers sponsored the drinks, bar and staff for the launch night which coincided with the launch of the Bexley Business Excellence Awards. In total, 30 organisations signed up to the charter on opening night with more expected to do so in the coming months. Director of Mobile Bar Hire Ltd Avtar Sandhu MBE said, ‘It is a great idea for all organisational types to come together to enhance cooperation. Through training staff in a range of skills to giving back to the wider community, we are pleased to be part of it.’ If you think the Bexley Skills Charter is a good idea for the borough, let us...

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