Cock strikes nine

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Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has bought the Cock & Woolpack in the heart of the City. The pub in Finch Lane, EC3, is next to the Bank of England...

Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has bought the Cock & Woolpack in the heart of the City. The pub in Finch Lane, EC3, is next to the Bank of England and is closed for refurbishment until January. It is Shepherd Neame's ninth acquisition in the capital this year. It takes its London estate to over 50 and its estate in the south-east to 367 houses. Director for Young's Patrick Dardis joined South London brewer Young's as operations director on Monday. Dardis was business development and marketing director of Grey Archer, the internet buying business which collapsed in September with losses of almost £27m. Young & Co is searching for a chief executive to replace Pat Read when he retires next year. Carter takes reins Lion Nathan has recruited Andrew Carter as director of UK and European operations to oversee the relaunch of Castlemaine XXXX via Interbrew in this country. As marketing controller of cider and beer at HP Bulmer, Carter managed the revamp of the Strongbow brand. Skills drive Independent pub retailer and brewer Hardys & Hansons is encouraging staff to improve their computer skills by signing up for a course run by Learn Direct and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce. The company, which runs more than 250 houses across the East Midlands, is preparing for the launch of external and internal websites in January as part of its IT development programme. Staff who complete the course will be awarded the European Computer Driving Licence. Funny bar bar Eldridge Pope's the White Lion at Banbury in Oxfordshire begins a series of David Hasselhoff Comedy Club nights on Sunday. The pub, part of Eldridge Pope's Toad brand, is the only venue outside the West End in London to host the club nights. Fifteen were held last year. Hal Cruttendon is among the comedians on the first bill. He was nominated for the Perrier award at the Edinburgh fringe festival. Women with bottle Students studying mechanical engineering and packaging trends at Sheffield University have discovered that bosses are impressed by women who swig beer straight from the bottle. Lecturer Belinda Winder says it can make female staff seem more assertive. Chain wins award The 75-strong Tom Cobleigh restaurant chain has been awarded the Investors in People standard. The award recognises companies that are committed to on-going staff training and development.

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