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Venue Insight August Issue - OUT NOW

How nice is it to get a drink at the bar??! It’s been a long time coming and the industry will need further support to recover, but things are starting to feel ‘normal’ in a hospitality setting. Venues are still having to fight tooth and nail to make ends meet, but fingers crossed the worst is over. The vaccine passport could prove very troublesome however, time will tell.

Another month and another raft of new openings and events to shout about. It’s been twenty-six years since the last (legal) pint was poured at the Lord Napier pub in Hackney Wick but now the infamous building has reopened as the Lord Napier Star, part of our old friend Rob Star’s Electric Star Pubs. New Festival Summer Love launches with a nod to the old rave days at East Byshee Showground and Electric Woodlands is an all new festival that invites you deep into an enchanted woodland for 11 hours of musical escapism in September.

In the height of the global pandemic in 2020 and 20021, while most of the hospitality industry was on its knees, their suppliers became victims too. CardsSafe was one of those suppliers. Fast forward to now and the virtual elimination of charge back and significant reduction in walk-outs in bars and restaurants or theft of leisure hire equipment reiterates the fact that CardsSafe literally pays for itself. The team at CardsSafe are thrilled to welcome back their existing clients and welcome new ones too.

Playing background music can help to create a relaxing environment and give your business a more familiar feel. It can also be a great way to keep staff motivated and could even help to make your organisation seem more relatable, giving it a more modern and up to date feel. So, as you prepare your business for the change in restrictions, consider the atmosphere of your business and how you can create an uplifting and enjoyable space that your customers will enjoy now and as we all continue to return to normal. TheMusicLicense from PPL PRS is there to help.

On warm August nights, it is hard to better a gin cocktail involving the zing and punch of chilled grapefruit juice for refreshment. When the ‘golden hour’ strikes, and 'proper' cocktails are called for, have to hand a bottle of 'The Properly Improper Gin’, Brockmans, and mix your guests a Golden Hour cocktail or two.



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