Ice Bar at Greenwich London

From 25th November through to 4th December, London based events business Urban Spirit will have their very own exclusive ice bar and Indian cuisine at Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market beside the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Urban Spirit have very cleverly named their exciting attraction, ‘Ice and Spice’. Urban Spirit boast several years of experience in the hospitality sector meaning that this event is sure to be a success. Ultimately making the festive period memorable for everyone visiting Greenwich this winter. Ice and Spice will be offering three different ticket types to the general public these include – ‘entrance & drink’, ‘entrance, drink & food’ and a ‘group of 4’ discounted ticket. All ticket types include entry and a drink. Treat yourself to a fantastic, frosty cocktail in Urban Spirit’s iconic ice bar…or maybe heat things up with some irresistible Indian delicacies and fall in love with the fabulously fresh flavours. A few footsteps away from the bright lights across the river, there isn’t a more perfect place to spend quality time and enjoy a bite to eat with your friends and family than the distinctive surroundings of Greenwich. Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market will also feature a giant snow globe, main stage for performances, scrumptious street food stalls, fairground rides, real life reindeer, incredible ice sculpture and much more meaning that there’s definitely something for everyone! Ice and Spice are hoping to bring an individual and quirky experience to Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market alongside these already amazing attractions. If you are thinking of attending Ice and Spice Greenwich or have any queries, please do let us know here. Tickets can be bought via the following link:...

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Alcohol is on the up when it comes to your flights.

In recent news alcohol is causing more problems both pre-flight and during flights. This has been causing disturbances for some time but due to figures reaching near 450 these past 2 years of people being held on suspicion of being intoxicated before and during flight. As well as this, there has been a 50% increase in drunken arrests in one year. In 2014 alone 238 million passengers passed through the UK airports, so think of how many people would be affected should you chose to drink at an airport or during flight? Selected air ports have released a zero-tolerance policy (including airport retailers) to advise the passengers who have bought alcohol not to consume it before boarding their flights as well as during them. If you or someone else become intoxicated who’s saying they don’t cause serious harm to themselves or others during take-off they can’t just park the plane your thousands of feet in the air The message isn’t disregarding the buying of alcohol it is just aimed at the consumption before and during your flight. Airport staff understand that you’re on your way to a nice holiday and want to ‘get the party started’ early, but think of others around you, take a moment to think how you would feel if someone was drunk/drinking on your next flight you wouldn’t want it spoiled now would you??? Airports aren’t looking to “kill your holiday” they are thinking of all others at the airports and on the plane during flight. Should you be assumed drunk before or during you flight you can be sentenced to a maximum of 2 years imprisonment… So, think before you fly, buy if you like but don’t drink till your off the planes, out of the air ports and only once you reach your destination. Do you have your own experience of this or similar? Why not let us...

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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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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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Carlsberg Brewery Ammonia Leak

Nov 10, 16 Carlsberg Brewery Ammonia Leak

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A man is dead and another is in a serious condition after the Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton suffered an ammonia leak. Twenty two people, including 11 staff, two police officers and nine firefighters, were taken to hospital after emergency services were called to the building around midday yesterday (Weds 9th November 2016). Julian Momen, chief executive officer, Carlsberg UK, said on Wednesday evening: “We are deeply, deeply saddened by today’s tragic incident and subsequent fatality. “Our immediate thoughts are with the individual’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time and we will support them in every way we can. “Our further thoughts and support are with our colleagues and members of the emergency services who are being treated in hospital. “One of our colleagues remains in a serious but stable condition. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of everyone working for us. “We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how this tragic incident occurred and we will be in a position to say more once a full investigation has been concluded.” The Carlsberg Brewery was founded by J.C Jacobsen in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1847. The name Calrsberg came from Jacobsen’s son, Carl. After Jacobsen’s death in 1887, the majority owner of the brewery was the Carlsberg Foundation. After several mergers and acquisitions Carlsberg Group is now the world’s third largest brewer thanks to AB InBev’s acquisition of previously second place SabMiller – Heineken now sit second in the list. Carlsberg has a range of international beer brands including Tuborg, Somersby Cider, Grimbergen craft beer, Mythos, Holsten, Baltika and more. Let us know your thoughts on what Carlsberg Brewery should do to ensure incidents like this do not happen again in the future by getting in touch with us...

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Alcohol Consumption in Airports to be Revised

Aug 01, 16 Alcohol Consumption in Airports to be Revised

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Many people find airports to be stressful, and the process of getting through them is no picnic either. So when people finally end their endeavour of getting through the airport checks, they give themselves a pat on the back by buying themselves a drink. Either it be a beer, cocktail or wine, many passengers like to drink alcohol to calm the nerves of flying. But that may soon change due to the rules of alcohol consumption in airports to be revised, and may even be change. The revision of the rules on alcohol consumption in airports has been put on top priority by the New Aviation Minister. Aviation Minister has stated that he wants to tackle the issue of alcohol raged passengers and wants to see the numbers decline, the Minister also included that passengers deserve a pleasant and calm environment flight. The new Aviation Minister has also put into action the research and revision of how alcohol is sold at airports. There have been many incidents where drunk passengers have caused issues to occur during mid-flight. An example of such behaviour occurred on a Ryanair flight from Luton to Bratislava, the plane had to be diverted to Berlin and six men were arrested for causing a disturbance. Many other flights also had to be diverted where passengers who had consumed a lot of alcohol had caused incidents and disruptions. There have also been many reported incidents of diversions due to drunk passengers coming to blows and fighting inside the airplane during mid-flight. Current laws and rules on alcohol consumption in airports allow airlines to decline anyone who appears to be drunk and may cause a disturbance or risk to passengers and the crew. Airline crew are also told to not serve anymore alcohol to anyone during the flight who appears to be drunk and over the limit. If changes do occur due to the revision of the rules by the New Aviation Minister, Airports can look at having their alcohol licensing hours to...

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