14 Andrew Knight

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Related tags: Punch taverns, Public house, Inn, Tavern, Spirit

managing director, Spirit (Punch Taverns) (13)

managing director, Spirit (Punch Taverns) (13)

Why he is on the list:

Spirit runs 800 pubs across the UK as the managed arm of Britain's biggest operator Punch. It's a mixed estate that has seen heavy investment since Knight moved across from private equity-owned Spirit to become a Punch staffer when it was acquired. Chef & Brewer is its best-known brand, with value-driven Two For One gaining prominence.

What the past year has held:

Spirit has been busy slimming down its staffing numbers and launching several new concepts including a new Grill House format. It has also adopted the Good Night Inns moniker as part of concerted plans to establish a place in the growing budget letting room market. It has also ramped up its green credentials with a series of energy-reduction initiatives.

Challenges ahead:

More retail innovation looks likely, particularly on food — a format that pushes Two for One into smaller pubs is being developed. Further energy-reduction measures are due, to cut the company's carbon footprint 17% by 2010. At least one senior analyst, Geof Collyer of Deutsche Bank, is still unimpressed by Spirit's performance under Punch auspices.

Related topics: Other operators

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