All news articles for March 2018

Good position: Charles Wells is set for its next chapter

Big Interview

Charles Wells reveals estate expansion and brewery details

By Nicholas Robinson

After selling its brewery and several key brands for £55m to Marston’s last year, Charles Wells is setting its sights on the future with pub acquisitions and the rollout of new beers from a modern brewery.

Support call: the BBPA has highlighted how 80% of pubs are classified as small businesses as part of its Government inquiry response

BBPA calls for more support for 'struggling' smaller pubs

By Georgina Townshend

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for more support for pubs in response to the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee’s inquiry into small business and productivity.

D-day: New data protection regulations could have huge implications (Image credit: ByoungJoo/iStock/

GDPR is coming: data protection regulations

By Andrew Don

New data protection rules are looming with the threat of eye-watering fines for breaching the privacy of individuals. Pubs have much to do ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May.

Undervalued: The price of cask beer rarely reflects its premium nature

Cask Beer: solving the problem of price

By James Beeson

Real ale is a uniquely British phenomenon, but the price of cask rarely reflects its premium nature. What can operators, brewers and other industry figures do to ensure that it remains the point of difference in the Great British pub?

Shut up: the Mill pub in Salisbury has been closed as part of police investigations (image credit: Chris Talbot)

Diners warned to wash clothes after poisoned spy incident

By Nikkie Sutton

Customers of a pub and a restaurant that were closed as part of investigations into the poisoning for a former Russian spy and his daughter have been advised to wash their possessions after nerve agents traces were discovered.

Big losses: casual dining is in the spotlight

Time to go back to the wet-trade future?

By Nicholas Robinson

A spate of casual-dining chain closures has left the pub trade – once again – questioning its future, but the stories behind the doom-laden headlines of Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo and others may offer hope to our sector.

Who will win? Publican Awards winners to be announced soon

Publican Awards: the 2018 finalists

By MA editorial

We’re heading into the finishing straight of the Publican Awards chase, and the trade will be keen to pick out their favourites from our final round-up of runners and riders.