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Pub food can survive the Brexit storm

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.

Weather the storm: pubs can survive the tough times ahead

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.

MA 500

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.


A year in the life of MA500 members

23-Nov-2016 - The national living wage, the EU referendum and 'beertails' topped the agenda this year at MA500 meetings. Here, The Morning Advertiser reflects on the fast-changing landscape of the UK on-trade, as...


New Botanist to open in Didsbury, Manchester

18-Nov-2016 - The New World Trading Company (NWTC) has announced a new Botanist site in Didsbury, Greater Manchester. 


City Pub Co supports Redemption Brewery for Small Business Saturday

17-Nov-2016 - The City Pub Company is getting behind Small Business Saturday by supporting a local north London-based brewery.


Northern Powerhouse: how the top operators roll

11-Nov-2016 - The latest MA500 event took place in the booming Yorkshire city of Leeds in September. Members heard from experts in the field of design, employee engagement and social media, as...


BrewDog outlines brewery and HQ plans

03-Nov-2016 - Plans for the expansion of the current BrewDog brewery facilities and head office operations have been outlined by the Scottish company.


New World Trading Company's York site set to create 60 jobs

03-Nov-2016 - The New World Trading Company's new site in York is set to create up to 60 jobs as it opens its doors this November.

City news

New World Trading Company profit rises 63%

19-Oct-2016 - The New World Trading Company has seen profit increase by 63% and sales rise by 70%, according to its latest financial figures.


Oakman Inns growth continues

07-Oct-2016 - Multiple operator and Publican Awards winner Oakman Inns has continued its strong sales performance and growth of its Enterprise Inns managed site partnership.


Brewdog nears 50 sites with Southampton opening

15-Sep-2016 - Scottish brewery BrewDog has continued its expansion with the launch of its 46th bar in Southampton. 

Craft beer

Craft Beer Co's 'Craft 100' festival returns

15-Sep-2016 - One of London's biggest pub beer festivals Craft100 has returned for a second year at The Craft Beer Co's Clapham site.