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I blog ideas and facts relating to bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and anything hospitality related. I'll publish the latest industry news and loads of ideas to make you venue run smoothly for profit.

Personal Licence Course Exam Venues Added

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

MJR Morgan Ltd and National Hospitality Academy are pleased to be adding several more exam venues to it's ever growing portfolio. We already have more exams in more towns than any other single Personal Licence Training company in the UK and our list of clients is growing.

We have new Personal Licence Exams in Barking London, Oceana Leeds, Bessie Surtees House Newcastle, Oceana Kingston-Upon-Thames and The Brewhouse Cardiff

The Personal Licence Course remains completely FREE to access directly form our website and we have now added a mock exam, exactly as you would take the real one. Click the banner on our website to open.

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Professional Bartending (Cocktails)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Here at MJR Morgan we own and run the National Hospitality Academy and are fast becoming the go to place for training within the licensed retail industry.

Our latest course come in the form 3 day intensive training for budding mixologist's who want to take a qualification in the art.

It's the City Guilds level 2 Professional Bartending (Cocktails)course and will give trainees all they need to know to set them on the path t becoming our future fantastic bar tenders.

The course will be available UK wide from May 2014 and over 190 people are booked in across West Wales alone.

Foe information on the course and dates for your town call 02035442211
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Valentines day is nearly here

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Love is in the air! A bit of a after party following Christmas and New Years Eve, but hey, its the first real celebration of 2014 so embrace it. Valentine's Day can be one of the most profitable days in the bar and restaurant industry especially in the city. Customers are already looking to make bookings, so now is the perfect time to promote your bar or restaurant in a romantic way. How will you different? Here are a few suggestions to entice your customers with more than just chocolate, wine and flowers.


Dress up your restaurant and your staff for a fancy evening. Change the mood with lighting, decorations, live music (jazz musicians or a swing singer. Gourmet meal options… view more »

New Years Eve 2014

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

With Christmas still to come, New Year's Eve might seem far away. But in terms of party planning, it's right around the corner. If you want your bar or restaurant to have the most popular party in town, you'll need to start planning! Check out these tips on how to plan an amazing New Year's Eve party at your bar or restaurant.
1. Start planning yesterday.

People tend to make their New Year's Eve plans well in advance, so you need to have everything figured out early. Make your plans well ahead of New Year's Eve so that you'll have time to book everything you need. If you need a DJ or entertainer, make sure you grab them fast!
2. Promote it.

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When you think of Christmas you think of the words like warm, comforting, and inviting? Well that's exactly what customers will expect from your customers at Christmastime.

So how do you make your venue attractive to customers for the Christmas? Your Christmas décor is one of the most important elements of your venues success in December. The atmosphere you create will be the difference between your customers seeing you as a party venue and a venue that will provide the words above. Are you a haven or just another run of the mill venue.

Holiday decorations do more than just create an atmosphere, however. They also encourage customers to book Christmas parties. Your Christmas decorations might seem like a small aspect… view more »

Wine Basics

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

With Christmas quickly approaching, there is no better time to start planning your Christmas dinner menu and selecting wines to complement the feast. Historically, the week before Christmas is a great time to buy wine as many wine merchants run specials on preferred wines.

The big question - which wines to go with the variety of tastes, textures and aromas that uniquely present themselves at Christmas. Should you choose one wine to carry you through appetizers to desserts - a tough request, but doable. Or should you choose several wines to accent different components of the meal and cater to a variety of guests' palates? The choice is entirely up to you, but here are some options to get you started.

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Managing Your Bar

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Managing a bar is tough work. You're in charge of making sure that everything's running smoothly, and it can be a lot to handle! But by keeping these tips in mind, you can make managing more manageable.
1. Train your staff.

This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how many managers simply throw their staff behind the bar and assume they'll know what to do. Even if your bar staff and servers have tons of experience and come highly recommended, you still need to train them in the particular ways you do things at your bar. If your customers expect a certain kind and quality of service, you want to make sure your staff can give it to them.
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Largest Hospitality Training Giveaway in the UK

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Tomorrow we will be launching the largest hospitality training Giveaway in the UK.

Launched at the Licensing Association Conference in Birmingham, attended by licensing specialists from all over the UK on November 21st 2013, we will be giving away 5000 free Responsible Alcohol Retail Courses to any venues across England and Wales that what to take them for their staff.

Licensing police and councils are welcome to encourage venues in their towns to take up the offer and train their staff Responsible Alcohol Retail.

The Level 1 Responsible Alcohol Retail Course is an absolute must for any member of staff who intends to serve alcohol.
Failing to train your staff adequately leaves you vulnerable to prosecution, a fine of up to £20000 and the… view more »

Personal Licence Statistics

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Just over 34000 new Personal Licences were issued in the year ending 31st March 2013. The government are currently looking at plans to abandon the system but the industry fights back.

Statistics are presented here on the numbers of personal licences issued by the licensing authorities in England and Wales that were in force on 31 March 2012, and comparisons with 31 March 2010, the last date for which data were collected. These figures combine the data received from 336 of the 350 licensing authorities (96%) plus estimates for the remaining authorities.

Key facts

There were 502,400 personal licences in force in England and Wales on 31st March 2012, 16 per cent more than the 434,200 on 31 March 2010 (includes estimates for… view more »

Engage Your Customers

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It's not a luxury to have social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the like anymore. It's absolutely essential!

Almost half the population have a social media profile and many use this in some capacity every day. It's important to establish your brand and business on social media to engage with customers and make positive impressions. Here are a few ideas.

Content is King and the better and more out there the content is, the more likely it has to be shared. Social media isn't just about preaching your sermon to your own friends and followers. It's about reaching out to a wider market through re-posting and re-tweeting ect.. So, dynamic and elaborate posting are a must if you want… view more »

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