Insightful contribution: City Pub Co co-founder and chairman Clive Watson is just one of the speakers at the next MA500 meeting in Cambridge

MA500 Cambridge agenda unveiled

By Nikkie Sutton

The first MA500 business club meeting of the year is set to take place in Cambridge on 8 February and The Morning Advertiser can now reveal the exciting line-up.

On target: specialist drinks agency Sweet&Chilli has taken over the 19th century Gunmakers pub

From promotion to operation - drinks agency takes on pub

By Stuart Stone

Victorian pub the Gunmakers - located on the site of an former gunmaker’s shop on Eyre Street Hill in Clerkenwell, central London - which features a hair studio in its attic has been taken over by specialist drinks agency Sweet&Chili.

Cambridge Circus site: The BrewDog Seven Dials will overlook London's Palace Theatre

Brewdog to open Shaftesbury Avenue site

By Stuart Stone

Multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog will be taking over the former Ape & Bird pub at 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, after Venetian-inspired restaurant group Polpo closed its doors following four-years in operation.

'Going great guns': the four-week festive period saw sales rise at Draft House

Draft House like-for-like sales up 5.9%

By James Wallin

Draft House, the Charlie McVeigh-led craft beer pub operator, is planning a return to the acquisition trail in the second half of the year.

Pub grub: according to Sargeant, 'at its best, a meal in a pub can compete with any restaurant'

Top chef Sargeant eyes pub rollout

By James Wallin

Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant has told MCA he is keen to secure a joint venture to increase his portfolio.

Good year: Beds and Bars has reported a 5% increase year on year on like-for-like sales

Beds & Bars reports 'another successful year' for 2017

By Georgina Townshend

Backpacker bar and hostel operator Beds & Bars has reported that like-for-like sales have increased 5% year on year, rising to £47.7m from April 2016 to March 2017 despite "political, social and economical obstacles hitting the businesses hard".