A group of MP’s are being urged to place health warning labels onto alcoholic drinks. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse has expressed their feelings that all alcohol should have health warning labels – just like tobacco products.

The group has outlined that tobacco products have health warning labels, food and soft drinks have nutritional information on whereas alcohol often only states the percentage proof and units. The groups strongly feel that a simple answer to alcohol harming the body could be adding Health Labels onto Alcoholic Drinks.

As well as placing these warning labels onto the products, the group are also fighting to lower the drinks drive limit and introduce a mandatory minimum price for each unit of alcohol.

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, said: “The facts and figures of the scale of alcohol misuse in the UK speak for themselves – 1.2 million people a year are admitted to hospital due to alcohol; liver disease in those under 30 has more than doubled over the past 20 years and the cost of alcohol to the economy totals £21bn.

What are your thoughts’s on these health labels? Do you think they will make a difference or do you believe it’s a way for the government to say they are tackling the problem?

The current Mayor of Dartford, Avtar Sandhu MBE, has been a well established member of the hospitality industry for over a decade as the Director of portable bar specialists Mobile Bar Hire. The firm are based in South East London/Kent but cover the whole of the country providing their services for clients including ITV, the MOBO Awards, UEFA, Hard Rock Cafe and Cadbury.

The Mayor of Dartford has worked hard in his local area since a young age to help bring the community together as well as fundraising which he did with his late father Darshan Singh Sandhu MBE. The Mobile Bar Hire Director was previously a Kent County Councillor and a Dartford Borough Council member and is enjoying his time as Mayor of Dartford as he helps to raise funds for his 31 different Mayoral groups, charities and organisations which range from dementia charities to scout groups to youth boxing clubs.

Although Avtar sends the bulk of his time fundraising and meeting the local residents of Dartford, the Mayor still finds the time to run one of the largest mobile bar hire companies in the UK. Mobile Bar Hire provide both cash and free bar services for a range of events as well as dry bar services. Events which the hospitality business covers include, corporate events, festivals, weddings, birthdays, school proms, house parties and more. Councillor Sandhu said ” Being Mayor of Dartford and Director of Bar Hire firm is a pleasure and an honor. The company is going from strength to strength and the fact that it started in the town which I proudly represent is a massive bonus.”

To find out more about the Mobile Bar Hire Director’s role as the Mayor of Dartford, get in touch with Bar News today.

It is a well known fact in the bar and hospitality industry that Essex nightlife is growing at a rate outpacing the other Home Counties. Nightclubs, bars and late night music spots are popping up across the area as both middle aged punters and youngsters alike look for a space to dance the night away or have a quiet one with a few mates.

However, this is not to everyone’s taste as many looking to host an event in Essex are choosing to have it in a venue with more privacy and in some cases – more lavish. Whether it be a marquee on private grounds or a hotel ballroom, event organisers are taking Essex by storm.

Wreaking the rewards of this turn in Essex occasions are the local mobile bar hire companies. Bar Hire Essex are just one of the firms taking advantage of the Essex situation as they bring the bar service to the customers in locations across the county – indoor or outdoor. Mobile bars in Essex provide versatility in a range of options such as bar counter types and which draught beers you would like on offer – this is just one of the reasons why the mobile bar hire business is booming in Essex. Bar Hire Essex have a range of different services and event options available to the hirer, these can be for private and corporate events of any size.

Are you a mobile bar hire service working in Essex? Get in touch with Bar News to let us know if you have noticed the change.

As the summer sun gets hotter and the cider is running over ice, the festival season strides into full swing throughout the country with events ranging from small cultural festivals to the UK’s largest musical events including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds Festivals. One firm taking the summer festival season by the reigns is Festival Bar Hire – one of the UK’s largest portable festival bar providers.

Festival Bar Hire offer a range of services to these indoor and outdoor events including:-

  • Dry Bar Hire – if you wish to run the festival yourself but don’t have the equipment for the job; simply hire bar counters, draught beer equipment, fridges and staff from Festival Bar Hire
  • Revenue Share – Running a festival bar can be a lot of hassle; letting the experienced team at Festival Bar Hire run the show can give you piece of mind. You yourself will then receive a percentage of all takings at the end of the event.
  • Tendering – Festival Bar Hire can tender for the right to provide the bar services at your festival.

The portable bar providers, who have offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, have worked at a range of festivals including V Festival, Dartford Festival and T Fest and have catered for tens of thousands of people over a weekend period.

To find out more on Festival Bar Hire, get in touch with Bar News ir perhaps the Festival Bar team direct.

Throughout the years, Dragons Den has seen many entrepreneurs come in through the doors and pitch their business to them in hope for the cash investment they believe they need to make it to the top. On the 3rd August 2014, the Dragon’s were treated to yet another barrage of enthusiast looking for a cash injection – however, one product was caught the attention of cider lover the country over – Victor’s Drinks. Victor’s Drinks are a range of simple homebrew drinks where everything you need is pre-packaged; all you need to do is add water and wait 10 days.

Once the 10 day period is reached, simply open the tap on the box and pour your refreshing cider which can range from 4.5% to 5.5% ABV depending on temperature, amount of water etc. The idea was born when two university students brewed their own cider and took it to a party where it was a hit! Now the easy brew cider can be found on an array of gift websites and the  range of drinks available to be brewed at home have grown to include Apple Cider, Mixed Berry, Elderflower and Apple and a pale ale.

On the evening, the owners of Victor’s drinks took a grilling as the product may encourage cheap drinking as it can work out as cheap as just over £1 per pint of cider. However, multi millionaire Duncan Bannatyne saw potential in the business and invested £40,000 for a 35% stake in Victor’s drinks.

Do you have a similar product or look to venture into a similar business? Get in touch with Bar News today to let us know!