Extra Hours for May Bank Holiday

The first May bank holiday for 2020 has been moved to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2020. The Home Secretary announced this week that licensing hours for Pubs, Clubs and Bars in England and Wales that are licensed to trade until 11pm will now be able to serve for an additional 2 hours on both Friday 8th May and Saturday 9th May 2020 without need for a temporary event notice.

May Bank Holiday licensing hours extended for 2020
Early May Bank Holiday licensing hours extended for 2020

What does this mean?

Pubs with a licence to stay open until 11pm will see their hours extended to 1am on both the Friday and Saturday nights. This is great news for operators, as you won’t have to apply for an extension of your licensing hours.

However, should you wish to trade beyond 1am, you will have to apply to extend your licensing hours with a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

It is not yet clear whether this will also cover ‘late-night refreshment’ i.e. the ability to sell hot food past 11pm so we will be keeping an eye on any announcements.

Please also note this does not apply for the Spring bank holiday which is also earlier than normal this year on the 25th May 2020.

What should you do next?

It’s important to check your licence conditions. If you have any event planned for either weekends and need to apply for a TEN it is worth doing this sooner rather than later as usually Local Authorities are inundated with applications and often there can be a substantial delay in processing.

If you wish to discuss such applications, check your licences or any issues regarding existing licences please contact BARBIE’s legal partners at Gregg Latchams – get in touch with Melissa Toney for advice by calling 0117 9069400 or via email at melissa.toney@gregglatchams.com

BARBIE partnership with Hale Events | The Source Tradeshow in Bristol

The team at BARBIE are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Hale Events as they bring their extremely successful Source Trade Roadshow to Bristol for the first time.

Taking place on Thursday 18th June 2020 at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ, this will be the biggest exhibition for traders to attend that are involved in the food and beverage sector. If you are interested in exhibiting get in touch with James Curtis at james@hale-events.com, tel. 01934 733433 or visit the website directly at bristol.thesourcetradeshow.co.uk.

For any visitors wishing to register click https://bristol.thesourcetradeshow.co.uk/visitor-registration/ and its free to register for trade. The BARBIE stand is A1 at the entrance!


Hale Events have been organising trade shows for 25 years. Based in Axbridge, Somerset, they have been running a successful show for food and drink buyers in Exeter for ten years. It’s called the Source trade show, and next year it’s going on the road! Its first outing will be to Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on the 18 June 2020.

“Bristol has a thriving independent food sector, with a focus on local, organic and ethical produce, so it’s perfect for us to connect more regional producers to. We want to help Bristol buyers try, taste and test even more of the best produce that the South West has to offer.” Mike Anderson, Managing Director. Hale Events Ltd. “Trade shows offer a unique marketing medium in today’s digital world. Their face to face nature enables long-term trusting relationships to be built. They are engaging and in a market like food and drink, events like this are a great way to compare the competition.”

Working with Taste of the West, the South West’s regional food group, and BARBIE – Bristol Association of Restaurants, Bars and Independent Establishments, along with a broad mix of trade publications, and local business press, this event will showcase artisan food & drink producers, alongside hospitality and catering supplies, food service, and service providers to hospitality and food retail.

John Sheaves, Taste of the West’s Chief Executive said: “Taste of the West is absolutely delighted to support the new Source Trade Roadshow in Bristol, being one of the key cities and therefore markets for high quality food and drink in the South West. This is a truly exciting venture that takes quality, high integrity products right into the heart of Bristol where producers will be able to share their knowledge and expertise with buyers from the city, and for us having the same Source trade show skills and expertise behind the venture provides us with great confidence”.

“BARBIE Bristol welcomes this new trade show to Bristol and looks forwards to working with the organisers to make it successful & fun for Bristol’s hospitality sector.” Andy Dodd, Chairman.

“We’ve wanted a trade show for hospitality buyers in Bristol for years. We’re delighted Hale Events are launching one because we’ve always done great business at their shows.” Nick Rowland, Director Qtos Catering Equipment.


Launched in January 2017, we now have over 7,300 members in our group and 340+ venue members. It was set up to have influence over the council (we now sit on the Bristol City Council board for the night time economy representing our members), purchasing power as a group and industry events. For more information call the team on 0117 2140098.

The Source Trade Roadshow in Bristol
The Source Trade Roadshow in Bristol on Thursday 18 June 2020 at Ashton Gate Stadium

100 free B2B / B2C Privilege Card memberships for BARBIE members!

The Privilege Card is a 3-in-1 loyalty card concept unifying consumers, businesses and suppliers.

The concept is to promote local and independent businesses whilst offering consumers a nominal discount and/or value-added service at partner businesses.

Similarly, businesses will also benefit from increased consumer patronage and secure better rates with suppliers.

Sponsored by Matthew Clark, some of the local partners include: Audi Bristol, Mint Room, Rosemarino, Fraser Besant Lighting, Bristol Film Festival and others.

We have secured 100 complimentary business memberships of the Privilege Card for our BARBIE members ahead of a major marketing push, and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Relevant to businesses that are willing to offer a nominal discount to members.

Late October 2019 (DATE TBA) – BARBIE owners/senior management meeting in Clifton

We’ll be addressing the Whiteladies Road Cumulative Impact Zone with view to starting an assessment within 7 days of that date.

We’ll also be providing updates on the NiteWatch Board we sit on alongside Bristol City Council and recapping what we’ve been up to regarding planning, licensing, pesky fines from 3GS, apprenticeships and work placement schemes, safety and other concerns.

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