MA500 goes digital

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Under wraps: the line-up of speakers for the MA500 webinar will be revealed shortly
Under wraps: the line-up of speakers for the MA500 webinar will be revealed shortly

Related tags: Coronavirus

With the unprecedented shutdown of society ongoing, The Morning Advertiser is striving to find new ways to keep our readership informed and head of the game wherever possible, and the MA500 is no exception.

While we’re unable to organise our usual outstanding conference and study tour, we’ll be working hard to deliver some timely and useful content to all our multiple operator members via a digital platform that will give you some key insight in how to tackle some of the issues we are all facing in these very challenging times this month (Thursday 14 May).

The MA500 is made up of the leading multiple operators across the pub trade, the entrepreneurs and outstanding businesses, which set standards for others to follow. Ranging from those with just a few pubs, to those with several hundred, the club aims to provide an insight, sharing, inspirational platform for operators to come together and learn, and network among like-minded peers.

Sharing practices

Traditionally, the club meets up three times a year in a different part of the UK and involves a daytime conference of inspirational speakers including BrewDog co-founder James Watt, Loungers CEO Nick Collins, City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson to name a few, followed by a late afternoon study tour visit to exceptional sites and operators within the local area.

UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls will give us the latest on Government plans and how operators can use support provided before operators reveal how they have been weathering the coronavirus storm.

Full agenda

While the lockdown makes some of this content difficult to deliver, we will be endeavouring to continue to offer the usual high standard of insight and inspiration through a digital platform, creating a virtual conference.

We recognise that times are exceptionally challenging for all operators in the current circumstances, but we’re aiming to provide an event that will help you hit the ground running when we’re all allowed to reopen.

Register your interest now here​.


  • Introduction – The Morning Advertiser​ editor Ed Bedington
  • Scene setter – UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls provides an update on the current situation, the direction Government support is taking and where the industry is heading
  • Finance – Pubs have started to receive the help announced by the Government and we hear, first-hand, how the process has been and how these funds are being used
  • Peer perspective – Operators reveal what they have been doing amid the crisis, including furloughing staff and safeguarding business for when lockdown restrictions are lifted
  • Corporate responsibility – From forgoing salary to delivering drinks, online community platforms and more, staff welfare has remained at the fore and we find out how teams are being engaged by this
  • Conclusion and wrap-up – Ed Bedington
  • Live Q&A with all speakers

MA500 is supported by headline sponsor Molson Coors and associate sponsors CPL Learning, Davey Co, Poppleston Allen, UCC Coffee, UKHospitality and Wireless Social.

Related topics: MA Leaders Club

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