Both JD Wetherspoons and Whitbread – the company that operates chains like Beefeater and Brewers Fayre – have been nominated among the best companies to work for in the UK by an independent survey.

Compiled by the CRF Institute – an independent researching body – the annual Britain’s Top Employer list takes into consideration many different factors including pay, extra benefits, training, career development opportunities and employee well-being. Each year, many recognisable names from the hospitality industry take prominent place in the list, providing a welcome boost for many pubs and their staff. For Wetherspoons, it is the ninth time they have appeared on the list. Cited as providing excellent working conditions for staff across their 800+ pubs, researchers were impressed by the training opportunities offered to workers as well as the bonuses and share options available and the generous employee discount scheme. Whitbread came third overall in the list, earning praise for their high rates of pay and excellent career development opportunities, establishing themselves firmly as one of the country’s top employers.

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Dartford & Crayford based Events Company, Mobile Bar Hire Ltd were proud to be the official event partners for the National Exhibition Awards which were held at the new look West Hall at London Olympia on Thursday 29th March 2012. This event was attended by  approx 900 people and everyone who is anyone within the exhibition and hospitality industry was there. The evening  awarded various sectors of the industry ranging from Best venue, best event manager & best international launch etc. In total their were 20 awards which were won by large and small companies from all over the UK and europe. Mobile Bar Hire provided their brand new LED curved bar units all branded for the event, as part of their ‘Official Event Partner’ package, director of business development Mr  Ragbhir Sandhu was pleased to sponsor the Best Venue Event Manager award – which he presented to Michelle Adderley from the NEC in Birmingham.

In he’s comments Mr Sandhu said “ it was great to represent Kent and to see so many sectors of the exhibition industry recognised for their personal and corporate commitment to an industry which takes great pride in the planning and running of events.”

Ragbhir Sandhu from Mobile Bar Hire presenting the award to Michelle Adderley from the NEC BIrmingham

Government proposals aimed at tackling binge drinking culture in the UK could see a minimum price for alcohol set at 40 pence per unit. The proposals, which supporters say will only affect high-strength, budget alcohol, could see some supermarket products almost doubling in price.

With the limit set at 40 pence per unit, extra strength lagers and ciders would be the worst hit, while most premium brands, wines and spirits will remain unchanged. A can of extra strength lager, which represents approximately 3 units, would have to be priced at a minimum of £1.20 – a price high above many current supermarket and corner shop deals.

Supporters hope that higher prices will discourage binge drinkers from drinking too much, helping to lower alcohol-related crime rates and make town centres a safer place to be. However some politicians have been critical of the plans, claiming that minimum pricing will have a negative effect on the poorest sections of society and do nothing to tackle the real root of alcohol-related crime. 

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The Home Office is currently considering plans to allow local councils the option of a levy to cover the costs of late-night town management. The plan, which has been branded a ‘stealth tax’ by some, would see premises remaining open after midnight contributing to the costs of extra policing and other schemes which keep town centres under control late at night.

The plan has been proposed to raise the burden on taxpayers who currently foot the bill for the services such as medical centres, taxi wardens, welfare officers and more. Under the new scheme, late night premises would be asked to contribute an annual fee relative to the size and scope of their business which would help fund initiatives to keep the town centre a safer place. Although the plans have been welcomed by many local councils concerned about the impact of late night drinking on their communities, many local licensees have expressed concern that such a levy could force many establishments to shut their doors early, leading to a loss of essential income and jobs.

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As drought conditions spread across much of England and the government considers introducing hosepipe bans and other measures to conserve water, the dry conditions are having an adverse effect on much of the country’s native agriculture – including the barley and hops used to brew beer.

Perfect pint of lager

Brewing has always been an industry sensitive to drought – the water-intensive process uses up to 5 pints of water to brew just a single pint of ale. And with water-conserving measures coming into play across the country, the industry is being dealt a double-whammy with the cost of barley and hops set to rise. After several dry winters and sunny summers, local crops are beginning to suffer and the less-than-average harvests will be reflected in the price of the barley and hops which are used to make British lagers and ales.

This rise in the cost of brewing will inevitably be passed on to the drinker, making the gulf between pub and supermarket pricing wider than ever before. And while industry experts assure us it’s not time to panic yet, those who love drinking British beer without paying through the nose might do well to brush off their rain dance and hope for some seasonal showers.

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Budget 2012

Alcohol price increase for this year is 2%, says George Osborne in he’s earlier budget today. This price increas is worked out to be approx. 10p per pint of beer. In an already suffereing industry this can be seen as a little set back. Although we all understand and reaslise that the bar and events industry is suffering due to peoples hospitalty budget being cut, this may not be what the industry was expecting in the budget earlier today.
The Chancellor confirmed that there will be no change in alcohol duty and it will therefore increase by two per cent above inflation, which current stands at 3.4 per cent. The overall increase in alcohol will be four per cent and the changes will be effective from 6pm today.
How do you feel about this? Do you thinks the increase in the price of alcohol is justified and do you have any additional comments on this?

Saint Patrick’s day went with a swing this year. South East based Mobile Bar Hire started to distribute equipment customers have hired to make sure their Saint Patrick’s day is one to remember, or not. The company had started to install keg systems and draught beer to those who wish to celebrate this day in style.

Keg hire is especially popular this time of year as people look to draught beer as their beverage of choice.

Saint Patrick’s day is officially supposed to commemorate Saint Patrick who was one of the patron Saints of Ireland. The modern day festivity has become more of a celebration of Irish culture in general. In Britain it’s celebrated with a parade in London and people typically wear green and celebrate drinking Irish beer and other well known types of larger. As the celebration of this day has grown people are now holding more and more parties of their own all over the UK and more and more people are requiring bar equipment to celebrate in style. With the great POS kits (point of sale) been given to Mobile Bar Hire from Diageo, they took great pride in having their staff and also some of their clients at the event wearing some great Guinness t-shirts and hats. With yesterdays St Patricks day event hosted in London’s famous Trafalgar Square, I’m sure you’ll agree that St Patricks Day 2012 was agreat one to remember.

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Saint Patricks Day Keg instalation


Clarion Events Host Bluewater Wedding Week

From the 9th to the 12th of February 2012, the brand new events space at Bluewater, Glow, hosted the Bluewater Wedding Fair which played host to thousands of visitors over the four days. The Mobile Bar Hire team had a fantastic time talking to guests from our own exhibitor stand and serving drinks and champagne from our catwalk champagne bar.

Brides and Grooms celebrated the opening night of the four day extravaganza with a gala themed evening sipping on champagne and watching the latest wedding fashion ideas on the catwalk. Over the full four days the catwalk featured the newest fashions for brides, grooms, bridesmaids and family members from a variety of cultures including Asian wedding wear and traditional English wedding attire. Right opposite the catwalk itself, Mobile Bar Hire ran and served champagne from the Catwalk Champagne bar which catered to thirsty guests who watched the variety of shows from our bar.

 Glow is a brand new event facility spread over 2 floors and featured roughly a 100 exhibitors on each floor. Downstairs featured exhibitors from areas such as bridal wear, wedding entertainment, decoration and flowers. Upstairs had exhibitors from wedding jewellery companies, catering, DJ’s, dance floors and a whole Asian wedding section. Whatever couples planning their special day were looking for they were able to gain some knowledge into at the Wedding fair.

Our role didn’t just include working the large catwalk bar on the upper floor, we also had our own exhibitor stand where members from our experienced team were chatting to brides and grooms over the four days, providing them with information and giving them the opportunity to sample some of our catering and reception drink samples. From our stand were able to give guests our advice and information about hospitality aspects of their wedding. Couples were interested in various aspects of what our company can provide including our range of bar counter styles, our variety of bar staff, our drinks packages for weddings and how all of these work. Planning brides and grooms often are aware of bar features but do not know much about the trickier aspects such as the difference between a cash bar and free bar and how they work, how much bar counters are and just how a bar hire works. We were able to answer all of these to the best of our knowledge and visitors to our stand left well informed and happy.

We also ran a competition where visitors provided their details into a draw to win a bottle of champagne and the winner was picked the day after the exhibition finished. To check which lucky bride or groom won our competition visit our Mobile Bar Hire Facebook page where the winner has been announced.

Overall we are very pleased to have been able to participate in such a fantastic event and are confident that out of the 7000 visitors that weekend and the Brides and Grooms we were able to speak to, new bookings will be generated. We are very much looking forward to being able to participate in our clients’ events in the near future.

If you weren’t able to attend the Bluewater Wedding Fair and would like to know more about what we can do for people in terms of hospitality at their wedding, feel free to contact our office where a member of our team would be happy to help.


Exhibition Awards 2012

Mobile Bar Hire names 'Official Event Partner'

Everyone and anyone who is in the exhibition industry will be at this year’s Exhibition News Awards 2012 at Olympia, London. This is the 6th year the awards have taken place and Kent based Mobile Bar Hire have been announced as official event partners to the awards. Further to that they will be sponsoring the much anticipated award of best event director and in addition members of their team will be present at the ceremony and one of its directors will be presenting the award to its winner. The nominees this year range in age, experience and where they come from and the awards sponsors come from businesses all across the United Kingdom. The array of awards which will be given out include recognition for all areas of event and exhibition planning business, including awards for individuals and awards for whole businesses.

While its very exciting a Kent based company is presenting this award, some of the other highly anticipated awards which will be presented on the night include best International launch sponsored by Glow at Bluewater with whom Mobile Bar Hire have worked with before, best trade show sponsored by Showplans, best employer sponsored by Esp recruitment, best venue sponsored by Thorns, rising star award, best Salesperson and many more awards celebrating all aspects of the events industry.

This years awards looks like its going to be better than ever. At last years awards over 750 people attended and winners came from all different areas of the exhibition planning business.

This years event will play host to over 850 guests gathered in the new look West Hall at Olympia, all of who will be celebrating the achievements of key players in the events and exhibitions industry. The 7 hour programme includes a drinks reception, welcome presentation, dinner, some stand up comedy, live music and a DJ, and of course the presentation of the award trophies themselves. This is the place to be to network with some of the key players in the industry and celebrate the successes of the industry over the past year.

For further information about this year’s awards visit