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'We must do everything to get people back into our pubs', says Cornerstone Inns managing director

Damon Horrill, managing director, Cornerstone Inns has said "we must do everything to get people back into our pubs".

Damon Horrill: 'We must do everything to get people back into our pubs'

How the record-breaking New World Trading Company was built

17-Mar-2017 - New World Trading Company (NWTC) swept the board at this year’s Publican Awards, winning an unprecedented six awards. But how did the pub company get so far in such a...

BrewDog admits talks to sell almost a third of business

16-Mar-2017 - Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog has admitted it is considering the timescale for a potential initial public offering (IPO) and has been in discussion with investors about selling almost...

Be At One talks multiple city sites as it opens second Leeds pub

16-Mar-2017 - Cocktail bar operator Be At One has acquired a second site in Leeds increasing its total number of sites to 32.

Future looks bright as pub closures slow

10-Mar-2017 - For so long in the industry we have been told pubs are closing at an alarming rate. Yes, closures are continuing but the rate is slowing and multiple operators are...


Look to Dubai for inspiration says brand expert

28-Feb-2017 - Operators need to look further afield than the UK, creative expert and founder of Keane Brands Aidan Keane told delegates at The Morning Advertiser’s MA500 event in Birmingham earlier this...

Seafood Pub Company acquires first Yorkshire site

28-Feb-2017 - Award-winning group Seafood Pub Company has announced the purchase of its first site in Yorkshire.

Dark Star to open fifth site

28-Feb-2017 - Brewer and pub operator Dark Star Brewing Co will open its fifth site in Crawley, West Sussex.

New pub entries on Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies list

27-Feb-2017 - Pub employers have made a strong showing in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For 2017 list, with several new entries from the industry.

NWTC plans to roll out six sites a year

17-Feb-2017 - New World Trading Company (NWTC) boss Chris Hill told The Morning Advertiser he wants to open six new sites a year.


Pub food can survive the Brexit storm

17-Feb-2017 - Food-led pubs are in the best position to weather the storm of Brexit-induced price rises and reduced consumer confidence caused by political instability.


Pubs with rooms are 'not like Fawlty Towers now'

16-Feb-2017 - Visitor numbers across Britain are expected to rise further as the weaker pound makes it more attractive to foreigners and Brits alike, according to Dominic Worrall, owner of the Bull...

'Much to be proud of' in Birmingham pub property market

14-Feb-2017 - Ahead of the MA500 arriving in Birmingham this Thursday (16 February), the managing director of Davey Co, Paul Davey, takes a look at the pub property market in the city.

MA500 thrilling study tour unveiled

03-Feb-2017 - The MA500 is coming to Birmingham and has arranged a fantastic study tour of some of the city centre’s most interesting and exciting venues to follow the day’s riveting line-up....

NWTC boss “aware of risks of expansion” following £23m NatWest backing

02-Feb-2017 - New World Trading Company (NWTC) chief executive Chris Hill has said he is aware of the risks of expansion after announcing NatWest are investing £23m into the pub group.

BrewDog and Cloudwater collaborate on new Vermont IPA

02-Feb-2017 - BrewDog has collaborated with acclaimed Manchester brewery Cloudwater on a new beer.

New World Trading Company to launch new concept

27-Jan-2017 - New World Trading Company (NWTC) is to launch a new concept in Birmingham this year. 

"We want to be a proper regional brewer with a tied estate" - Mark Crowther on his Butcombe plans

24-Jan-2017 - The realisation of refinancing has given Butcombe Brewery the chance to expand and chief executive of parent company Liberation Group, Mark Crowther, is determined to make the most of the...

Revealed: exciting line-up for Birmingham MA500

16-Jan-2017 - A rundown of what to expect at the upcoming MA500 event in Birmingham on 16 February has been revealed.

Music in pubs is a "humungous matter" says branding expert

16-Jan-2017 - Aidan Keane of Keane Brands, which designs restaurants, bars and clubs, gives us his opinion on the need for music.

Ainsty Inns' owner reveals why he swapped the motor trade for the pub industry

16-Jan-2017 - Former motor industry man Antony Pratt decided to swap the car keys for pub keys and really moved up a gear when his Ainsty Inns business expanded.

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MA500 Member Profile: Martin Hilton — Managing Director of Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Birmingham

13-Jan-2017 - Martin Hilton is only a third of the driving force behind the Purecraft Bar & Kitchen concept. Along with Michelin-star chef Andreas Antona and Purity Brewing Company managing director Paul...


BII Licensee of the Year: "Birmingham is a vibrant city, has plenty of culture and the people are friendly"

08-Dec-2016 - Ahead of the next MA500 club meeting in Birmingham, The Morning Advertiser looks at why operators should consider opening a site in this thriving city.


Bitters N' Twisted's Matt Scriven: 'I wanted to put Birmingham on the map'

08-Dec-2016 - Ahead of the next MA500 club meeting in Birmingham, The Morning Advertiser gets top tips from an existing licensee. After opening its first site in 2006, Bitters N’ Twisted now consists...


Redcomb adds Potters Bar pub to fast-growing estate

24-Nov-2016 - Multi-site operator Redcomb Pubs has added a further site to its fast-growing portfolio of outlets having only acquired its previous site in October.