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Pub-industry bodies slam PCA’s MRO report as ‘one-sided and opaque'

Pub-industry bodies have slammed a report from the pubs code adjudicator containing evidence that pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code.

Disappointed: pub industry bodies think the PCA report should have included responses from pub-owning companies

PCA to confront pub owning businesses over MRO blocking

23-Aug-2017 - Pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code, according to a report commissioned by...

Flaming Grill pub blasted over serving ‘raw’ burger to child

16-Aug-2017 - A Flaming Grill pub in Derby has been criticised on Facebook after it served an undercooked burger to a child.

Customer angry after being called ‘greedy fat pig’ on pub's Facebook

10-Aug-2017 - A pub customer is outraged and is calling for someone to be sacked after she was insulted through a Greene King pub's Facebook account and was called a “greedy fat...

Hungry Horse school bag promotion earns rap from ad watchdog

02-Aug-2017 - Greene King has come under fire from advertising watchdogs after promotional leaflets for a Hungry Horse site was sent out in school bags.

Men discuss issues at the pub, not on social media

27-Jul-2017 - When it comes to talking about serious issues with friends, men are more likely to want to discuss them in the pub than on social media.

Greene King reports strong annual results

29-Jun-2017 - Greene King has this morning reported a 1.5% increase in like-for-like sales across its managed division in the 52 weeks to 30 April 2017, driven by a good Christmas, a stronger...

Greene King fined £24k after child's anaphylactic shock from dessert

27-Jun-2017 - Greene King has been ordered to pay £24,000 after an 11-year-old boy suffered an anaphylactic shock in one of its pubs after he ate a dessert containing egg.

Greene King pledges zero waste to landfill by 2020

19-Jun-2017 - Greene King has set a new target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020, as the pubco predicts the issue of waste will become “more and more pressing” for the...

Greene King pub slammed over ‘cold food and disgusting service’

12-Jun-2017 - A diner has taken to Facebook to vent his frustration over an unsatisfactory meal at a Greene King Flaming Grill, which he said was cold and poorly served.

Low MRO numbers caused by 'complex and convoluted procedures'

05-Jun-2017 - Billed as a ‘new dawn’ for tenants last July, take-up for the market-rent-only (MRO) option has proved slow ever since. What has gone wrong with this critical tenet of the...

Community fails in bid to buy Leeds pub despite raising £130,000

05-Jun-2017 - A community group has failed in its bid to purchase iconic West Yorkshire pub the Cardigan Arms as the owner agrees a sale with another party.

PCA to examine claims pubcos ‘inhibit’ tenant access to MROs

02-Jun-2017 - The office of Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby has approached industry bodies for evidence following concerns pubcos could be inhibiting tenant access to the market-rent-only (MRO) option.

Meagre MRO take up across major pubcos

26-May-2017 - Only eight licensees have taken up the market-rent-only (MRO) option across five of the six pubcos governed by the pubs code since it came into force in July 2016.

Greene King loses bingo licence appeal

26-May-2017 - The Court of Appeal has refused a Greene King application to have bingo in its pubs, after the court ruled in favour of the Gambling Commission.

Turnover of largest pub groups continues to outpace inflation

23-May-2017 - The average turnover of the 50 biggest pub companies in the UK is continuing to outpace inflation.

London pub successfully avoids ‘turgid’ MRO process

11-May-2017 - A central London pub has gone free of tie without invoking the “turgid” market-rent-only (MRO) option available through the pubs code.

Six biggest tenanted pubcos to honour new planning laws early

04-May-2017 - The six biggest pubcos have agreed to honour new planning legislation ahead of it coming into force in July.

Greene King expands foodservice arm for tenants

20-Apr-2017 - Greene King Pub Partners has expanded its range of food services to tenanted and leased pubs in its estate. 

Greene King opens 14 new Farmhouse Inns

13-Apr-2017 - Greene King has opened 14 new Farmhouse Inns sites over the last 12 months and has recruited 1,000 staff to fuel the expansion. 

Greene King helps licensees ‘drive trade’ through online presence

15-Mar-2017 - Greene King is offering discounted website 'toolkits' for tenanted and leased licensees to set up their own website and “embrace the digital world”.

New Greene King kits to cut beer cooling energy by half

08-Mar-2017 - Greene King is rolling out new cellar kits with the aim of cutting the energy used by its beer cooling systems by 50%. 

Record-breaking Christmas for Greene King

10-Feb-2017 - Pub group heavyweight Greene King broke its Christmas Day trading record and saw like-for-like sales growth of 1.1% for the 40 weeks to 5 February.

Gallery: pub openings January 2017

02-Feb-2017 - The Morning Advertiser takes a look at the newest pub openings and refurbishments across the UK.

Greene King lawyers urge minister to clear up stocking rights

02-Feb-2017 - Greene King's lawyers have written to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), calling for an amendment on stocking rights in the pubs code.

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