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Affinity Bars & Restaurants sites closed

London-based Affinity Bars & Restaurants appears to have shut down operations with all four sites, including three pubs closed.

Sites shut: Affinity Bars & Restaurants revealed closures on Twitter
Future Trends: Beer and Cider

The future of craft beer: fruit?

03-Jul-2017 - Sales of fruit beer in the US’s well-established craft beer market account for 13% of total craft sales, which can be matched here in the UK, according to a leading...

BrewDog makes amends with Wolf bar by collaborating on gin

20-Jun-2017 - BrewDog has made amends with the owners of an independent Birmingham bar after the Scottish brewer came under fire for forcing the venue to change its name by threatening it...

OBE honour ‘recognises work of many people’ says Beds & Bars founder

19-Jun-2017 - The Queen unveiled her birthday honours list at the weekend with the news that she has awarded Beds & Bars CEO and founder Keith Knowles an OBE for services to...

MA500: Licensing Act changes - what are the odds?

09-Jun-2017 - The House of Lords select committee laid out its proposals for a “major overhaul” of the Licensing Act 2003 in early April. 

MA500: top tips on holding live music events

09-Jun-2017 - Music maestro Ethan Allen gave delegates at last month (May)'s MA500 meeting in Liverpool, his top tips on how best to use live music in their venues:

MA500: we aren't saying don't drink, it's pubs having something for everyone

09-Jun-2017 - With Millennials drinking less than any other age group, Club Soda co-founder Laura Willoughby demonstrated to delegates how adding to their drinks offer can pay dividends.

MA500: opportunities in ethernet real estate

09-Jun-2017 - Julian Ross from Wireless Social highlighted the benefits for pubs in offering Wi-Fi hot spots and partnering with other local venues to offer Wi-Fi. 

MA500: hitting the Mersey

09-Jun-2017 - The latest MA500 business club saw the sights and sites of Liverpool and heard from operators inside and outside of the trade before pounding the streets for a study tour.

Free BII membership for Butcombe tenants

08-Jun-2017 - Butcombe Brewery has announced it is automatically enrolling its tenants into the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), for free.

Be At One appoints head of marketing to drive innovation

05-Jun-2017 - Sophie Evans has been appointed head of marketing at cocktail bar operator Be At One.

£420,000 investment for Alchemist sites

26-May-2017 - The Alchemist has said it will temporarily close two of its sites in June as part of a full refurbishment.

Provenance Inns co-founder quits as director

25-May-2017 - There will be “no changes to current or future projects” from Provenance Inns, despite the co-founder resigning as managing director.

Gallery: MA500 hits Liverpool

25-May-2017 - The MA500 business club hit Liverpool this month (Thursday 18 May) and included top tips from operators inside and outside the trade before an evening of networking at some of...

Wadworth targets 65 managed sites after £6.5m investment

24-May-2017 - Wadworth is looking to take its managed estate to 65 sites in the years ahead, The Morning Advertiser (MA) understands.

First speakers confirmed for Managed Pub Conference

23-May-2017 - An icon of craft beer, a Generation Z expert and the CEO of Revolution Bars Group have all been announced as speakers at the upcoming Managed Pub Conference.

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.

Licensing authorities and publicans to job swap for National Licensing Week

23-May-2017 - National Licensing Week will take place in mid June and see job swaps across the industry, the Institute of Licensing has confirmed.

Redcomb to open pop-up site on ‘floating park’

22-May-2017 - A pop-up site from Redcomb Pubs will open at London’s ‘Floating Pocket Park’ on the Paddington Basin section of the Grand Union Canal this summer.

What the Millennials say about pubs

18-May-2017 - Drinks offers, atmosphere, ‘shareability’ and the entertainment available in the pub play a big part in where Millennials choose to spend time in the on-trade.

Pete Brown: craft beer will drive alcohol-free category

18-May-2017 - The alcohol-free beer category will become as attractive to drinkers as the regular alcohol categories soon, according to award-winning beer writer Pete Brown.

Coaching Inn Group on track for substantial site growth by 2019

16-May-2017 - The finance director for Coaching Inn Group has said that the company is on track to fulfil its target of running 20-25 sites by mid-2019.

Pubcos included on LSE list of firms with ‘high-growth potential’

15-May-2017 - Four pub operators have been included on the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain’, an annual celebration of the country’s most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

Three Cheers takes on eighth site and plans £2m refit

12-May-2017 - Three Cheers Pub Company has announced that it has grown its portfolio by acquiring the Bedford in Balham, south London, taking its total number of sites up to eight.

MA500 Liverpool thrilling study tour announced

11-May-2017 - The next MA500 meeting is taking place next week (Thursday 18 May) in Liverpool and the study tour venues have now been revealed.

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