On the 19th March 2014, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne unveiled his plans to decrease national debt with the annual budget. Many changes were outlined including £200m to be given to local councils to tackle potholes, £140m made available for flood defence repairs, £7bn package to cut manufacturers energy bills as well as scrapping the planned fuel tax increase in September.

Many businesses in the hospitality industry throughout the country were sitting with crossed fingers in the hope that the expected rise on alcohol duty be less than they had originally thought. Chancellor George Osborne in fact lent a helping hand to the already struggling industry by outlining methods to stop supermarkets selling alcohol lower than the minimum price and undercutting pubs and clubs.  The Chancellor then went on to outline more positives to the drinks and hospitality industry introducing a freeze on cider and Scottish whiskey duty as well as 1p cut in tax on beer.

Dartford based business Mobile Bar Hire Ltd, who provide portable bar solutions to the private and corporate market, have felt the recent struggle of the drinks and hospitality industry and have welcomed the budget with open arms. Mobile Bar Hire Ltd Director Ragbhir Sandhu said ‘Due to the budget we have frozen our prices on alcohol as there is no further tax implemented and duty on fuel has been frozen. Keeping in mind that we are a mobile outlet, thanks to this budget we can still deliver alcohol to your event at an industry-leading price.’

During the period of the ‘Credit Crunch’ hospitality was one of the many industries which felt the effects of people spending less the quickest.  From weddings, parties through to corporate events such as product launches and team building events the industry was affected.

Do ANY of the changes, reductions/increases announced by the Chancellor impact you? We would love to hear from you, please contact us.

Budget being announced 2014
Budget being announced 2014

Last night at Danson House in Bexleyheath, Mayor of London Boris Johnson made another of he’s famously named ‘Bexley Breeze Block’ cocktails. Named by him back in 2012 when he attended the offices of Bexley based Mobile Bar Hire Ltd, he last night took centre stage to shake up the tasteful concoction once again. The event was put on to launch the Bexley Council manifesto for the next Bexley elections.

Boris Johnson shakin the Bexley Breeze Block
Boris Johnson shakin the Bexley Breeze Block

The Mayor of London was more than happy to mix the drink once more and was overwhelmed that Mobile Bar Hire had sold over 3000 across the country since it was first invented in their offices. The Bexley Breeze Block has been loved by a variety of cocktail enthusiasts including Naughty Boy who enjoyed the tipple at the MOBO Awards in Glasgow last year where Mobile Bar Hire provided the drinks to the stars.

Boris Johnson seemed at ease as he shook up his own invention of vodka, Blue Aftershock, champagne and lemonade with the Director of Mobile Bar Hire, Ragbhir Sandhu. Both were watched by those attending as Boris and Ragbhir began shaking together the contents of their Bexley Breeze Block behind the bar of Danson House.

Tastes as good as the original
“Tastes as good as the original ?”  asks Rags Sandhu

Mobile Bar Hire Director Ragbhir Sandhu said, ‘Since the Bexley Breeze Block was first made in our offices in 2012, the cocktail has sold itself as it was designed and named by Boris himself. Although the Mayor did not finish his drink, he did confirm that it still tastes as good as the original.’

Mobile Bar Hire are a leading Bexley based hospitality business who also provided their services for the UFC media preview earlier this week ahead of the big fight at the O2 this weekend.