Company & City News

The latest news from the pub industry's top companies, as well as deals, results and appointments from the City.

BrewDog opens latest bar in Helsinki

17-Dec-2014 - Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog has opened its Helsinki bar - its 12th outlet this year.

McMullen pays bonuses to more than half its tenants

17-Dec-2014 - Hertfordshire-based brewer and pub operator McMullen has paid out bonuses of up to £10,000 to more than half its tenants for driving tied sales above expectations.

Thornbridge Brewery set to increase capacity

17-Dec-2014 - Thornbridge Brewery is set to unveil a £400,000 expansion which will increase capacity by 40%, adding two million pints a year, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Robinsons brews up a new look

16-Dec-2014 - Family brewer Robinsons is undergoing a company-wide brand revamp commencing with a new logo and its biggest pub investment commitment to date, with fresh signage throughout its estate.

Enterprise revamps website with focus on new recruits

16-Dec-2014 - Enterprise Inns has revamped its website in a bid to boost recruitment among potential publicans.

JD Wetherspoon to open 100-room hotel and pub in Dublin

15-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has bought Camden Hall Hostel in Dublin city centre and intends to open a pubs with a 100-room hotel.

Oakman grows to 12 sites with new Greene King lease

09-Dec-2014 - Oakman Inns & Restaurants has taken on its first Greene King lease to bring the company to 12 sites.

Wetherspoon's ditches Heineken after row over Irish pub drinks supply

09-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is ditching Heineken across its entire 926-strong pub estate with immediate effect, after the drinks group refused to supply Heineken lager and Murphy’s stout to the company’s new pub in Dun Laoghaire in the Republic of Ireland.

Brighton multiple operator trials urban demographic concept

08-Dec-2014 - A multiple operator who is trialling a new concept with Brakspear aimed at an 'urban demographic' says he would like to work with the company to roll it out.

M&B opens first Orchid conversion

08-Dec-2014 - Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has opened the first of its pubs converted from the 173-strong Orchid estate it bought earlier this year for £266m.

M&B reveals growth ambitions for brands

04-Dec-2014 - Mitchells & Butlers’ leading brands — Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One and Miller & Carter — have the potential to grow from a combined 455 to 1,200, the company has said.

Barons says new Spirit lease model shows best of pubcos

04-Dec-2014 - Clive Price, managing director of Surrey-based Barons Pub Company, has said his latest site with Spirit under a new style of leasehold proves pubco/tenant relationships can benefit both sides.

Greene King reports half-year revenue growth

04-Dec-2014 - Greene King has reported revenue growth of 5.3% across its retained business to £613.1m with profit before tax up 3% for the 24 weeks to 19 October.

Davy's eyes South East expansion due to 'ridiculous' prices in capital

03-Dec-2014 - James Davy, chief executive of London-based wine bar operator Davy’s, has told the Publican's Morning Advertiser's sister title M&C Report the “ridiculous” prices in London may mean the company looks to commuter belt towns for expansion.

Stonegate opens new Popworld site

02-Dec-2014 - Stonegate has opened its 13th Popworld with a new site in Bristol.

Anglian Country Inns opens sixth site

02-Dec-2014 - Anglian Country Inns, the pub and restaurant group led by James Nye, has opened its sixth site, The Cricketers at Weston, Hertfordshire.

Vianet revenue up 1.4% but pubs code a threat

02-Dec-2014 - James Dickson, chairman of beer-flow monitoring company Vianet, has said recent developments in the pubs code and increasing M&A activity in the sector could affect the company’s growth.

Buoyant trade in London boosts ETM

02-Dec-2014 - ETM Group, the London-based gastropub operator led by Tom and Ed Martin, has completed its disposals as it focuses on larger sites, including its microbrewery in Ealing and a second Botanist.

West Berkshire Brewery confirms new EIS launch

01-Dec-2014 - West Berkshire Brewery, the brewery chaired by industry veteran David Bruce, has confirmed it is to launch a new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fundraising drive to raise £4m to relocate to a bigger production site, complete with visitor centre and café.

JD Wetherspoon to create 2 hotels

01-Dec-2014 - JD Wetherspoon is to spend £4m on creating hotels at two pubs.

Marston's reports full-year sales growth

27-Nov-2014 - Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales up 3.1% year on year in its Premium and Destination arm for the 52 weeks to 4 October 2014.

M&B faces fine after Christmas Day food poisoning prosecution

26-Nov-2014 - Managed pub operator Mitchells and Butlers (M&B) has insisted food safety is the company’s “highest priority” following its conviction of a food hygiene offence which led to the death of a customer.

Food sales drive managed performance at Fuller’s

25-Nov-2014 - Fuller’s has reported a 6.5% increase in like-for-like sales across its managed pubs and hotels division, helped by a rise in like-for-like food sales of 7.7% for the 26 weeks to 27 September 2014.

Beavertown to open new bars in London

25-Nov-2014 - North-east London craft beer pub and Beavertown Brewery owner Logan Plant is eyeing sites for expansion and has plans to add a large second American BBQ focused site under his ‘Dukes’ brand as well as a wet-led Beavertown tap house.

Enterprise hopes new Kerridge pub will be inspirational

25-Nov-2014 - Enterprise Inns’ regional manager for Tom Kerridge’s new pub says he hopes the Coach’s format will inspire others in the trade and newcomers into the industry.

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