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Executive team: (l-r) Peter Borg-Neal, Dermot King and Joycelyn Neve

Oakman acquires six Seafood sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

Hertfordshire-based multiple operator The Oakman Group has acquired six pubs from the administrators of Seafood Pub Company.

'Careful cost management': 'the directors have a view that The City and West End will take a year to return to pre-covid levels of trade,' an Urban Pubs & Bars statement said

Urban Pubs & Bars sees significant lockdown losses

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

Urban Pubs & Bars lost out on £2.5m in sales in the first month of the March lockdown, and incurred a significant shortfall in profit due to its inability to mitigate costs immediately at the point of closure.

Operator view: reopening with heavy restrictions means risking that 'customers will not enjoy the experience and will be lost to the industry for the long-term,' according to John Ellis

opinion

'Opening up too early risks ruining pub experience'

By John Ellis, Crown Inn, Oakengates and Elephant & Castle, Dawley

I'm very concerned about the headlines this weekend that big property companies such as JD Wetherspoon and Young's are pushing the conversation towards opening up the industry before that would be viable.

What's in the news 12 February?

The MA’s Review of the Week

‘Forget’ overseas tourists this summer

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington speaks with City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson to reflect on some of the week's biggest headlines.

Industry voices: a plethora of trade experts will be revealing their plans and advice during the online conference

Future planning focus for first 2021 MA500

By Nikkie Thatcher

The first MA500 conference of 2021 is set to take place this month (Thursday 11 February) when we will be looking to help operators gear up for the year ahead.

Business bosses: Oakman executive chairman (left) Peter Borg-Neal and chief executive officer (right) Dermot King

Oakman adds to portfolio alongside £3.6m share raise

By Nikkie Thatcher

Hertfordshire-based multiple operator Oakman Inns has outlined its plans for this year including a “substantial pipeline of sites ready for development” and the addition of a freehold venue in Harpenden.

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