Marston’s appoints Andrew Andrea as next CEO
Marston’s board has announced Andrew Andrea will take the reins as its next chief executive officer from 3 October 2021.
Currently chief financial officer and corporate development officer at the 1,500-site pub group, Andrea’s appointment comes after current CEO Ralph Findlay revealed his decision to step down at the end of the current financial year.
Andrea has more than 23 years’ worth of experience within the pub and brewing industry and has served on Marston’s board since 2009 having joined the company seven years prior.
Covid-19 costs pub and restaurant owners £40,313 each on average
The Covid-19 pandemic has cost pub and restaurant owners in the region of £40,000 each on average in lost earnings, according to a study of businesses in the food and drink industry by small business insurer Simply Business.
This is more than double the amount that the average small business has lost so far during Covid-19 (£15,673) – flagging the scale of the impact on an industry particularly affected by the various lockdowns and restrictions over the past year.
What’s more, despite the reopening, owners expect losses to continue – with Covid-19 set to cost them pub, bar and restaurant operators £45,470 each in total on average.
“Few have been hit harder than the hospitality industry in this last year, and the scale of the impact on small businesses and the self-employed is abundantly clear in our latest research,” Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business said. “Covid-19 has cost pub, restaurant and cafe owners over £40,000 each on average, which is a huge collective loss to the economy.
“More importantly beyond the economic hit, we should recognise that behind each of these small businesses is a small business owner – each with families, livelihoods, and dreams. The impact of the pandemic on so many of these individuals and their communities has been devastating, both financially and emotionally.
“Against such a tough backdrop it's inspiring to see small business owners display such resilience – and this is especially true for the hospitality sector where 89% plan to continue or restart their current business.”
Pub operator elected mayor of Goole
A Hawthorn pub operator has been elected mayor of the port, market town and civil parish of Goole in East Riding of Yorkshire.
Originally from Barnsley, 48-year-old pub operator and councillor Chris Bailey has been at the helm of the town’s Mulberry pub for the past 17 years.
Bailey changed the name of what was formerly the Jailhouse pub in summer 2020 after revamping the establishment in honour of the men who built Mulberry harbours – floating artificial harbours designed and constructed by British military engineers during World War two – sections of which were constructed in Goole and used in the D-Day landings.
An independent councillor for two years Bailey began working in pubs at the age of 21 according to Hull Live.
Bailey replaces Josie Head, who was Goole's longest serving mayor before she passed away while in office. According to reports, there were no elections last year due to pandemic restrictions, meaning that Head continued in office for a second consecutive year.
Bacardi-Martini appoints head of brand advocacy UK
Former Martini hub ambassador for Northern Europe, Davide Zanardo, has been appointed head of brand advocacy, UK, for Bacardi-Martini.
Zanardo will lead a newly restructured advocacy team, ensuring that each trade ambassador is equipped to represent, support and train bars and bartenders on the Bacardi-Martini portfolio.
He will also oversee bartender training and engagement, alongside the roll out of Bacardi’s newly evolved Jigger Beaker Glass UK educational roadshow.
Zanardo will take over the position from Shervene Blackburn, who takes on a new role as Western Europe and Oceania programme manager for Grey Goose Vodka and Patrón Tequila.
After joining Bacardi in 2017 as the Martini hub ambassador for North Europe Zanardo, co-created and launched the Martini Racing Ciclismo advocacy programme for three years.
“I am excited to continue to support both bartenders and our team of Ambassadors in my new role as head of brand advocacy, UK,” he said of his new role. “Now is the time to evolve our approach to support the on-trade and the reopening of the hospitality industry.”
Shepherd Neame to hire more than 300 new team members
Kent-based brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame is to recruit more than 300 new team members as it prepares to reopen its entire estate over the coming weeks.
Operating a total of 312 pubs and hotels – of which 65 are managed - across Kent, London and the south east and employing more than 1,500 people, Shepherd Neame anticipates a busy summer after more than five months of closure.
“In preparation for this, we are delighted to announce that we will be recruiting more than 300 full and part-time team members across a variety of management, front of house and kitchen roles,” director of retail and tenanted operations Nigel Bunting said.
Valuations Office Agency joins forces with the Forum of British Pubs
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has engaged with pub representative organisation, the Forum of British Pubs (FBP) to ensure that both tied and free of tie pubs, benefit from accurate business rates in light of the impact of Covid-19 on the industry.
“We’re really pleased to be working with organisations like the Forum of British Pubs and are thankful for their support,” Alan Colston, chief valuer at the VOA, said.
“We know the pandemic has had a significant impact on many businesses, including pubs. We need to do everything we can to make sure this is reflected at the 2023 revaluation, and we have as much evidence as possible about the property market.
“That’s why it’s really important that pubs submit their up-to-date rental and turnover information to make sure their rateable value and the business rates they’re charged are accurate.”
How I got here: Margriet Vandezande-Crump
The Belgian co-owner of the Greyhound in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, which was recently named ‘One to Watch’ at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, spoke to Big Hospitality to reflect on her career to date.
Born in Oostende, Belgium, Vandezande-Crump first studied for a bachelor degree in hospitality management, before following that up with a degree in real estate management.
Her first role in the industry was as a waiter on cruise ships. In 2012 she became assistant manager of Adam Byatt's Michelin-starred Trinity restaurant in Clapham, London.
This was followed by a stint as assistant manager of Gordon Ramsay's Petrus in Knightsbridge, and then restaurant manager of the Oxford Blue in Old Windsor.
Vandezande-Crump opened the Greyhound in Beaconsfield with her husband, Daniel Crump, in 2019.
New additions to Mangrove UK team
Premium drinks distributer Mangrove UK has added Stuart Baillie, who will take on the role of managing the northern sales team, and Miriam Pomioli, who will become brand activator.
With years of experience in the spirits industry, Baillie started out behind the bar before moving to sales where he developed a track record in turning brands around and generating sales success.
Having moved to the UK in 2020, Pomioli will champion products from her home country of Italy, as she starts a newly created role of Gruppo Montenegro brand activator.
“I’d like to welcome Stuart and Miriam, it’s an exciting time to join us, with lots of opportunities to innovate and develop,” Nick Gillett, MD at Mangrove UK said. “They are both great assets to the team.
“With pubs and non-essential retailers back open, things are feeling really positive for an enjoyable and more sociable summer ahead.
“We want to be there showcasing our quality brand portfolio all carefully picked to match the Mangrove ethos, based on their provenance, category, authenticity and innovation.”
James Davis joins Henkell Freixenet
Sparkling wine producer Henkell Freixenet has announced that starting from 5 July 2021 James Davis will join them as vice president for product development.
Reporting directly to Henkell Freixenet board member, Eberhard Benz, Davis will perform a new role by leading collaborations with Henkell Freixenet’s wineries to ensure a consistent level of quality.
Davis will also work closely with Henkell Freixenet’s UK arm, Freixenet Copestick, to maximise both sourcing opportunities and the quality level for its I heart Wines brand.
“I am really excited to start working with James,” Benz explained. “His experience, his wine expertise and his knowledge of the global wine industry will help Henkell Freixenet continue to improve and cement our place as the world’s leading sparkling wine producer.
“We have ambitious plans for the future of both still and sparkling wine and James’ recruitment will help us all achieve our ambitions. Sustainability, innovation and quality are at the heart of our business and we will continue to strive to improve, day by day, year by year.”