Good Morning Britain (GMB) welcomed on the show British comedian Al Murray on Tuesday 19th December 2017 and to make him more comfortable GMB had set up a fully functional Christmas themed bar serving Festive Beer where both presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan joined Al with some freshly poured Draught Beer pints.

The section of the show was filmed live and had caught Susanna’s amusing reaction to realising that the pint she had picked up contained real beer.

The whole set up that includes the bar, beer and equipment was all provided by Bexley based business, Mobile Bar Hire. The portable bar hire company were called upon by ITV production team in the early afternoon of Monday 18th December 2017 and even with a busy Christmas Schedule, Mobile bar hire came through.

The bar itself was personalised with a Christmas chalkboard design at the front which adorned the GMB logo and rightly named ‘The Good Morning Britain Bar’. The tap badges were also personalised with a classic Christmas look presenting in crisp writing ‘Festive Brew’.

Company Director, Rags Sandhu along with William Malingan both attended the event and were welcomed into the studio by Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan.

This is not the first time that Mobile Bar Hire worked with ITV, having recently provided a St Patrick’s Day Bar that served Guinness for Good Morning Britain and also providing equipment for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway as well as customising the infamous drinks globe to serve draught beer on Alan Carr: Chatty Man in previous years.

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ice-spice-greenwich-tickets-38934846173?aff=es2

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.

In flight drinks – are we over doing it?

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 know!

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.’

Greenpeace placed the statue outside Coca-Cola's London HQ
Greenpeace placed the statue outside Coca-Cola’s London HQ

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 here.

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.

What will Brexit mean for Mobile Bar Hire?
What will Brexit mean for Mobile Bar Hire?

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 lost us a large contract is very concerning. We are likely to have the same border type as Switzerland when it comes to trade at the end of the two-year negotiations of Brexit and if we are being charged to import goods to Europe, we will either have to absorb the cost and lose margin or have to pass it onto clients who may well look elsewhere. Although I have every confidence in the Prime Minister, I sincerely hope that she and her team can obtain the best deal possible to ensure British business can boom inside and outside of our borders.’

What are your thoughts on Brexit? Let us know here.

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 Guinness bar was provided by Mobile Bar Hire
The Guinness bar was provided by Mobile Bar Hire

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.

Ben and Kate enjoyed the Guinness on air.
Ben and Kate enjoyed the Guinness on air.

Did you watch Good Morning Britain this St Patrick’s Day? Let us know your best Guinness moments here.

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
Pub rates subsidised but alcohol duty increased by Philip Hammond
Pub rates subsidised but alcohol duty increased by Philip Hammond

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 here.

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.

Mobile Bar Hire Director Av Sandhu MBE signs to Bexley Skills Charter
Mobile Bar Hire Director Avtar Sandhu MBE signs to Bexley Skills Charter

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 know.

Dippy the Diplodocus is set to move from the Natural History Museum after serving in the Hintze Hall since 1905. The plaster dinosaur skeleton is currently not classed as relevant enough to the issues in today’s natural world. The much-loved attraction is due to be removed on January 5th 2017 and replaced with the skeleton of our world’s current largest animal – a blue whale.

The whale, which is currently hanging in the museum’s Mammal Hall, will be used as a dramatic reminder of both environmental problems but also hope for the future.

Dippy will be touring from early 2018 until late 2020 visiting all 4 countries within the United Kingdom. From his removal until he sets off in 2018, conservators will be ensuring the plaster-of-Paris skeleton is ready for its mammoth journey.

Hospitality industry solution providers Mobile Bar Hire Ltd are one of the many organisations who have worked alongside the Diplodocus. Having worked at the Natural History museum on several occasions for weddings and corporate functions, Mobile Bar Hire have provided their service directly under the dinosaur’s tail.

Dippy projected his shadow onto one of Mobile Bar Hire's bar.
Dippy projected his shadow onto one of Mobile Bar Hire’s counters.

Having overseen many events at the Natural History Museum, Mobile Bar Hire Director Rags Sandhu said, ‘it’s a great shame that Dippy is moving from the museum. His grand scale and imposing nature was a real plus for events we attended and made the venue truly unique. Whilst it will change the look and feel of the space, the real blue whale skeleton will add a completely new aesthetic to the hall which can only be a positive. We hope everyone who see’s Dippy on his travels loves him as much as we did!’

If you’ve seen Dippy in the past or have attended an event at the Natural History Museum, let us know your thoughts about his nationwide travels here.

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.

Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton
Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton

“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 here.