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Stability at the top: former CEO and chairman Mark Derry will stay on as executive chairman at Brasserie Bar Co

Alchemy acquires Brasserie Bar Co

By Georgi Gyton

Brasserie Bar Co has been acquired by Alchemy Partners for an undisclosed sum, understood to be around £40m.

London life: directors are pleased with Urban Pubs & Bars’ performance at its sites such as the Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec (pictured)

Urban Pubs & Bars pleased with performance during pandemic

By Gary Lloyd

Urban Pubs & Bars has recorded a profit before tax of £5,287 (2020: £890,404) from sales of £8.8m with directors saying they are “pleased with the performance of the company” in its latest report to Companies House.

Flashpoints and financial strain: Covid Passes were 'this year's version of the Scotch egg'

‘Covid Passes were this year’s version of the Scotch egg’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Covid Passes led to confusion, conflict and cost in what was "this year's version of the Scotch egg", according to Revolution Bars chief executive Rob Pitcher, who said the Government must do more than roll back Plan B restrictions.

What's in the news 14 January

Review of the Week

Restrictions have had no impact on infection rates

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Castle Rock Brewery boss Colin Wilde to hear his thoughts on the weeks news, from the impacts of restrictions, frustrations over government behaviour and isolation rules changing.

Who owns the Laine Pub & Brewing Company?

Laine also acquired by Fortress

By Ed Bedington

The Laine Pub & Brew Co has also been snapped up by US-bank Fortress Investment Group as part of its acquisition of assets from Patron Capital & May Capital.

A player in many markets: JW Lees operates 42 managed houses and has 96 Pub Partners

JW Lees ready to expand in 2022

By Gary Lloyd

Historic brewer and pub operator JW Lees has hunkered down during the pandemic to concentrate on survival first and foremost but that looks certain to change in the new year.

Prospect Pubs & Bars: Dan Shotton and Mark Draper are adding to their portfolio of pubs

Prospect Pubs & Bars to open fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

Prospect Pubs & Bars has announced it will open its fifth site, The Joiners Arms in Bloxham, Oxfordshire after major refurbishment and extension.

What's in the news 19 October?

The MA's Review of the Week

"Feels like everything is difficult to do at the moment"

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Vicki Williams from Almond Family Pubs to get her thoughts on the weeks events, from ongoing supply challenges, staffing shortages, through to Christmas ordering nightmares.

Portfolio expansion: the two latest acquisitions take Brunning and Price to 79 venues (image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Brunning and Price eyes 80 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple pub operator Brunning and Price has acquired two new sites, taking its total estate to 79, with plans for an eightieth in the pipeline.

What's in the news 12 November

Rising costs are 'frightening'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington speaks to Brian Whiting of WH Pubs for his views on the week's news, from inflationary pressures and premiumisation through to the debate over dogs in pubs.

Forever Young’s: the London-based brewer sold its Ram Pub Company division earlier this year

The history and business story of Young’s

By Gary Lloyd

Historic brewer and pub company Young’s has been a household name in London and the surrounding area since before Queen Victoria took to the throne. Here The Morning Advertiser looks at its history, acquisitions and disposals.

Expectations upgrade: Nightcap has reported a sales boost as it prepares to open new sites

Nightcap reports 68% sales increase versus pre-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the parent company of cocktail bar groups London Cocktail Club and Tonight Josephine, has reported a 68% increase in net sales for a 13-week period versus the same, pre-Covid, equivalent in 2019.

Inquisition needed: trade adviser Phil Dixon says setting rents way above pre-pandemic levels is ‘bonkers’

Opinion

Pub companies must do something about unviable rent offers

By Phil Dixon, trade adviser

As Monty Python famously recorded: “Though there was trouble at the mill they didn’t expect ‘The Spanish Inquisition’.” There is trouble in the pub sector mill and there needs to be an inquisition into the behaviour and transparency of pub-owning companies.

What's in the news October 22

Cautious optimism for the future

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington catches up with industry legend Peter Borg-Neal, chairman of the Oakman Group, to get his views on the news that have shaped the sector this week.

What's in the news 8 October?

The MA's Review of the Week

Honesty needed in minimum wage debate

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington catches up with the Vaulkhard Group's Ollie Vaulkhard to get his thoughts on the latest headlines affecting the pub sector.

Planet matters: Hamish Stoddart (centre) and Simon Heppner (right)

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Peach boss urges operators to be net zero

By Gary Lloyd

Peach Pub Company founder and managing director Hamish Stoddart has urged all operators to cut their carbon footprints and become net zero.

Unbeatable atmosphere: Dianne Irving of Drouth Ltd (centre) says pubs have the edge by being a centre for social contact

Opinion

Socialisation on a grand scale

By Dianne Irving, managing director, Drouth Ltd

Last week, I attended the MA Leaders Club event in Leeds. This event, formerly known as the MA 500, can only be described as first rate.

What can the sector do to boost gender equality?

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Campaign to boost diversity launched

By Nikkie Thatcher

A new campaign to level the playing field for professional women across the sector has been unveiled.

Legislation incoming: CPL Learning's Jamie Campbell talks about Natasha's Law

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84% back allergy legislation

By Gary Lloyd

More than eight out of 10 people believe the introduction of new legislation is a positive change when it comes to selling food that is pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS), according to CPL Learning.

Exclusive use: the MA Leaders Club is open to multi-site pub owners and operators

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How do I become a member of The MA Leaders Club?

By The Morning Advertiser

Want to join the biggest group of multi-site pub owners and operators you’re ever likely to see in one place? Well look no further – our comprehensive guide to the MA Leaders Club awaits below…

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