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Investigation of Punch takeover extended again

Heineken's proposed purchase of 1,900 Punch pubs has for the second time had its investigation by The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) extended.

Delay: the proposed takeover has now been held up twice

Punch honours seven pubs for community spirit

11-Apr-2017 - Punch has praised tenants from the company’s Mercury division in the north of England and Wales in a special awards ceremony to celebrate top performance.

Star Pubs & Bars licensees back Punch takeover

31-Mar-2017 - Heineken’s proposal to take over 1,900 Punch pubs received a morale boost as licensees from its tenanted-arm Star Pubs & Bars voiced support for the deal.

CMA extends investigation into Punch-Heineken deal

28-Mar-2017 - The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has extended its investigation into Heineken’s bid to take over 1,900 Punch pubs.

Punch welcomes care home residents with free carvery dinners

03-Mar-2017 - Pubco Punch has hosted a free carvery for residents and carers at its pub the Blacksmiths Arms, in Burton-upon-Trent, as part of an ongoing initiative to give something back to...

Punch grows Village Pub & Kitchen estate

24-Feb-2017 - Punch has grown its Village Pub & Kitchen format to seven sites and is assessing its estate for the next stage of rollout, MCA has learnt.

Punch-Heineken deal to be investigated by CMA

16-Feb-2017 - The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has officially launched an investigation into Heineken’s proposed acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs.

Punch shareholders back Heineken/Patron bid

10-Feb-2017 - Punch shareholders have overwhelmingly backed the Patron/Heineken bid to acquire the company in a deal valuing the UK’s second biggest pub company at £1.8bn.

Heineken issues full assurances to Punch tenants

10-Feb-2017 - Heineken has made further assurances to Punch tenants that there are no plans to force them to buy solely Heineken products.

Punch tenants won’t be forced to buy only Heineken products

09-Feb-2017 - Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens has assured current Punch tenants they will not be forced to buy solely Heineken products.

Heineken's Punch takeover not a blanket MRO trigger

08-Feb-2017 - Heineken’s proposed deal to buy 1,900 Punch pubs will not act as an immediate blanket trigger for all the tenants to be able to request the market-rent-only (MRO) option, according to...

Heineken urged by CAMRA for assurance on Punch deal

08-Feb-2017 - The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called on pub giant Heineken for assurances on the affect the takeover of 1,900 Punch pubs would have on its members.

Gallery: pub openings January 2017

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

Route clear for Heineken's Punch pubs takeover

01-Feb-2017 - Heineken is now the only remaining bidder for a portfolio of 1,900 Punch pubs after rival bidder Emerald Investment confirmed that it would not pursue its bid further.

Mystery surrounds identity of blogger opposed to Heineken/Punch Taverns takeover

31-Jan-2017 - The industry has raised questions over the identity of a person behind a blog that is campaigning against Heineken’s proposed takeover of Punch Taverns. 

Punch pumps funds into Liverpool pubs

27-Jan-2017 - Punch has announced plans to capitalise on an "exciting time for the city" of Liverpool by investing £450,000 in two of its city centre pubs.

Paul Pavli: Are you giving ‘heartfelt hospitality’ to customers?

24-Jan-2017 - Punch Mercury Division managing director Paul Pavli advises operators on how to give 'heartfelt hospitality' to their customers.

Punch tenants demand clarification on Heineken deal

23-Jan-2017 - The Punch Tenant Network (PTN), the campaign group representing Punch licensees, has called on the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) to clarify the position if Heineken’s bid for the pub company...

Date set for shareholder vote on Heineken bid

18-Jan-2017 - Punch shareholders will meet next month to vote on the proposed takeover bid by Heineken.

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‘Don’t be fooled’: SLTA slams Heineken’s ‘dismissing concerns’ on Punch bid

12-Jan-2017 - The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) claimed Heineken was trying to “dismiss concerns” regarding the ongoing bid between the Dutch company and Punch Taverns. 

Punch Taverns

‘We can’t be replaced’: Brighton’s ‘only alternative pub’ given new five-year lease

10-Jan-2017 - Punch Taverns has agreed to give Brighton’s “only alternative” site a new five-year lease after fears that the venue could have been converted into part of a pub chain. ...

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Heineken hits back at SLTA’s Punch deal concerns

09-Jan-2017 - Heineken has played down Scottish industry fears it would become a pub company “monster” north of the border.


December 2016 pub openings

03-Jan-2017 - The Morning Advertiser takes a look at new openings and pub facelifts in the last month of 2016.

2017 Predictions

2017 Predictions: Garrood says with change comes opportunity

19-Dec-2016 - Punch CEO Duncan Garrood has said that following the pubs code and Brexit paving the way for change in 2016, next year will also bring change and opportunity.

Punch takeover

‘Monster-tie’ Heineken/Punch deal could threaten tenants, industry warns

15-Dec-2016 - Industry figures have expressed ‘serious concern’ over Heineken’s bid to acquire almost 2,000 Punch Taverns pubs.