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Teachers at free school to strike

Bill Grimsey urges £550m levy to aid high street in alternative to Portas plan

The veteran retailer Bill Grimsey has called on national retail and leisure chains to come to the rescue of ailing high streets by pumping £550m into a local economic development fund via a one-off levy in 2014.

Industrial action threatens supply of beer to 30,000 premises across UK

Delivery workers are unhappy about changes to employment terms and conditions and a restructuring exercise to build three giant distribution hubs

Draymen's dispute threatens beer supply to thousands of pubs and clubs

Unite union says national agreement was being changed, threatening job losses

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian was judged to have the healthiest children’s menu

High-street restaurant chains fail health test for hungry youngsters

Meals aimed at children are still dominated by unhealthy options such as chicken nuggets, burgers and sausages

Wetherspoons cheers rising sales despite rules and tax burden

The outspoken pub boss Tim Martin yesterday showed that it is possible to keep sales rising, even in the face of a tax and regulatory burden he regards as unfair.

Wetherspoon's feeling tax pain

The size of the tax burden imposed on Britain's pubs was laid bare yesterday in half-year results from JD Wetherspoon.

Luggage: Plastic briefcase? A reformed bag carrier speaks...

Informality can be disarming, especially when you are a man who carries his laptop, books and lunch around in a straining supermarket carrier bag. Some can rely on their looks to make an impression but the rest of us need something else.

Rebecca Tyrrel: JD Wetherspoon is named after a teetotal geography teacher from New Zealand

Who knew that one of George Orwell's legacies to British culture is the JD Wetherspoon pub chain? Among the countless millions inspired by his work was Tim Martin, who was a young entrepreneur in 1976 when he read an Orwell article in the Evening Standard from 40 years earlier describing his perfect pub – free of music so that the customers could talk freely, selling cheap and nutritious food, serving its draught beer in pewter tankards, and where the friendly barmaids know your name (and they're always glad you came).

Investment View: A recent round of updates suggests pubs are revivng

Pubs have banked on Brits eating at the local instead of a restaurant and this has happened

JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin opens trading on London Stock Exchange to mark his firm's 20 years as a listed company

JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin marked his company's 20 years as a listed company today by opening trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Salt warning issued over children's meals

Children's meals at some of the UK's leading pub and fast food chains contain more salt than they should eat in an entire day, a study has found.

Simon English: 'Spoons suffers another unfair helping of taxes

Outlook Tim Martin was banging on about the same old thing yesterday. He's perfectly entitled, since he's right.

According to Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, obesity costs the NHS more than £5bn a year

Government's attempts to tackle obesity crisis 'doomed'

Food companies have failed to commit to healthy eating scheme, claims Which?

Wetherspoon toasts victory as property fraud case is settled

There's a bit more cheer than usual down at JD Wetherspoon. The pub chain has just settled a long-running fraud case against property agent Paul Ferrari.

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