All news articles for June 2020

Confusion: publicans were left wondering if reopening guidance meant they should restrict numbers to 30 people

No cap on numbers for pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs do not have to cap their numbers to 30 people, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS) has confirmed to The Morning Advertiser (MA).

Results in: the trade was split in half as to whether to open on 4 July or not

50% of pubs 'may not open on 4 July'

By Nikkie Thatcher

Half of operators don’t know or are not planning to reopen on 4 July, according to the latest data from a weekly survey.

Confidence project: Marston's said it is entering an uncertain trading situation when its pubs open up from 4 July

Marston's announces £40m hit to sales

By Emily Hawkins

Pub company Marston's experienced a hit of £40m to sales due to the coronavirus lockdown, prompting its chief executive to say he was uncertain about how its pubs would perform in the short-term reopening period.

Pubco process: “We have consistently taken a measured approach to all Government advice during lockdown and implemented our support procedures accordingly,

Ei tied tenants to get 75% rent credit for July

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ei Publican Partnerships has revealed a “support package” for its tenants, which includes rent credit equivalent to 75% for July and 50% for August for all tied publicans on substantive agreements.

How can small pubs operate under the Government guidance?

Big challenges for small operators

By Ed Bedington

While the news that distancing measures were being relaxed from 2m to 1m is being celebrated, for some operators, even 1m is going to be a challenge.

Changing times: the July MA500 is a one-off edition of the conference


One-off July MA500 agenda revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Morning Advertiser (MA) is set to host a special edition of the MA500 conference this summer, as pubs begin to reopen and adapt to the changed marketplace.

Pre-launch funding: Young's has raised gross proceeds of approximately £85.5m with an additional £2.7m coming from retail investors

Young’s taps investors for £88.4m

By Stuart Stone

London-based pub operator and brewer Young’s Pubs has raised gross proceeds of £88.4m through a share placing as it prepares to resume trading.

State aid: the Government is supporting outdoor dining as part of its effort to help the economy bounce back from coronavirus

Red tape slashed to simplify outdoor service for pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government has introduced simpler licensing processes for outdoor seating for pubs in a bid to make it easier for people to safely eat and drink outside and in turn, help operators bounce back from the coronavirus lockdown amid reopening.

Trade resumption: the Ostrich in Bristol will be one of three Butcombe pubs to begin post-lockdown trading on 8 July

Butcombe to reopen pubs from 8 July

By Stuart Stone

Liberation Group owned brewer and pub operator Butcombe Brewing Co has revealed that three of its pubs will resume trading on 8 July as part of a staggered opening schedule.

Government guidance: outside areas in Scottish hospitality venues could reopen on 6 July

Scottish beer gardens to reopen on 6 July

By Nikkie Thatcher

Scotland’s outdoor hospitality areas such as beer gardens are poised to reopen on 6 July – nine days before inside use is to be permitted.


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