All news articles for May 2021

Post lockdown: while some operators described a quiet first week back, sales data shows the sector saw a boost after indoor trading was allowed to resume from Monday 17 May

'Shockingly quiet' first week of indoor trade

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have described the first week of indoor trading after lockdown as “shockingly quiet” but said they are optimistic as sales data shows a boost.

Unlockdown: 'We urge Government to do everything it can to keep the roadmap on track so pubs can properly start their recovery from 21 June,' a British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) spokesperson said (image: Getty/ViewApart)

'Keep roadmap on track,' urges trade

By Emily Hawkins

Pub trade bosses have urged the Government to stick to its unlocking roadmap and allow the sector to rebuild beyond 21 June.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 26

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: Food Glorious Food!

By Ed Bedington

With indoor reopening now well underway, the Lock In team tackle the subject of pub grub, how the crisis has impacted on offers, the challenges around growing your own chefs, calorie labelling on menus and we ask how sustainable is your pub food offer?...

'Clear vision': 'Despite the challenges of the last year, the actions we have taken have ensured that Marston’s has emerged a stronger and more focused business with a substantially strengthened balance sheet', according to Marston's Ralph Findlay

Marston’s records £105.5m loss

By Stuart Stone

While pub operator Marston’s has revealed a £105.5m pre-tax loss in the 26 weeks to 3 April, the firm cites post-lockdown sales hitting 80% of pre-pandemic levels as cause for optimism.

Covid impact: 'With the support of our main stakeholders, we are now well placed to emerge in a strong competitive position and look forward to the removal of remaining trading restrictions,' M&B's Phil Urban explained

M&B suffers £200m loss as pandemic restrictions bite

By Stuart Stone

Despite takings tumbling by 79% during the six months to 10 April, the CEO of the firm behind Toby Carvery and All Bar One believes it can emerge from pandemic restrictions in a ‘strong competitive position’.