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Revealed: exciting line-up for Birmingham MA500

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

Unveiled: the schedule for the next MA500 meeting has been announced

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...


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...


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.


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.


Oakman Inns raises £20k for Italian earthquake appeal

15-Sep-2016 - Midlands and southern-based multiple operator Oakman Inns has raised more than £20k for charity following the Italian earthquake last month.


Employment expert Katrina Fox gives tips on how to get and retain staff

08-Sep-2016 - Employment expert Katrina Fox will be advising delegates at the next MA500 meeting this month (September) on how to attract and retain staff. Ahead of the event, Fox reveals some...


Why should operators consider Leeds?

08-Sep-2016 - Co-founder of Arc Inspirations, Martin Wolstencroft will be speaking to delegates about Leeds at this month's MA500 meeting and advising them on the city.

Apprenticeship Levy

Pub boss calls for rethink on apprenticeship plans

08-Sep-2016 - The government’s plans to impose an apprenticeship levy could put the brakes on the ability of the industry to train efficiently, a leading pub operator has warned.


Pint Shop set to open new site in Oxford

24-Aug-2016 - Cambridge beer house Pint Shop is set to open its second site in Oxford next month (September) following extensive work to the venue.

The Craft Beer Co

Craft Beer Co secures another London site

21-Aug-2016 - London-based pubco the Craft Beer Co has secured a new site in the city’s Limehouse.

Interior Design

Five important things to consider when refurbishing your pub

02-Aug-2016 - The design of a pub is a method in which the business can draw customers in: its location, indoor and outdoor space, as well as décor, can all contribute to...


Leeds is "an amazing, vibrant and metropolitan city"

26-Jul-2016 - Operators explain why Leeds is ideal for the next MA500 club meeting.