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Tue 8th Dec 2015 - JD Wetherspoon withdraws from Jacques Borel VAT Club
JD Wetherspoon withdraws from Jacques Borel VAT Club: JD Wetherspoon has pulled out of the VAT Club Jacques Borel. The move is a major blow for the Jacques Borel campaign with Tim Martin instrumental is persuading many other companies and suppliers, including, at one stage, the Independent Family Brewers of Britain, to join the club. However, JD Wetherspoon will continue to campaign for a VAT reduction on food and drink within the hospitality sector and aims to set up a new organisation to continue the campaign. JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Martin said: “Jacques Borel has done an amazing job campaigning for a VAT cut over the past five years. He has led the way and has made great progress in terms of raising the profile of the case for a VAT cut and also for engaging with MPs and policy makers. I hope that those in the industry will appreciate the time and effort that he has put into the campaign. It is a shame that some big companies have not supported the campaign to date. I have decided that Wetherspoon can no longer support the VAT Club JB in its present form and believe there now needs to be an alliance of companies who believe, as I do, that a VAT cut is vital for the future of the hospitality sector. I will be working hard in the coming weeks to take this forward.”

Revolution Bars to open £1.7m Revolucion de Cuba site in Nottingham tomorrow:
Revolution Bars Group will open its new £1.7m Revolucion de Cuba site in Nottingham tomorrow (Wednesday, 9 December). The company is launching the venue on Market Street, which is creating more than 90 jobs. It features three separate rooms and bar areas, as well as a dedicated eating section. The ground floor has over 3,100 square foot available to customers, with an additional 2,500 square foot on the first floor. A further unique aspect of the venue is the Havana bar on the second floor, which is open from 9pm every day and trades as a separate entity, with its own bespoke cocktail menu featuring fresh fruit daiquiris. Revolucion de Cuba brand manager Clinton Ghent, said: “We are thrilled to be opening our new Revolucion de Cuba bar, the group’s 60th site, as we continue an extensive acquisition drive which has seen three openings over the last two months. Nottingham has some great bars and restaurants and we’re looking forward to bringing something a little different to the city.”
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