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Excellent track record: Tarquin Williams (pictured) appointed as Oakman Group as CFO

Oakman Group appoints new CFO

By Rebecca Weller

Multiple operator Oakman Group has announced the appointment of Tarquin Williams as its chief financial officer (CFO).

City operation: Westside BID’s Mike Olley (far left), Bitters N’ Twisted’s Matt Scrivens (centre left) and Oval Real Estate’s Jo Salmon (centre right) lay out the Birmingham landscape

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What is Birmingham like to operate in?

By Nikkie Thatcher

New operators opening sites in Birmingham has helped it change and develop, delegates at The Morning Advertiser’s MA Leaders Club recently heard.

Half-year results: Nightcap is aware further rail strikes could impact the business

Rail strikes hit Nightcap but revenue up almost 50%

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap estimates 13 days of rail strikes has cost the business about £1.2m but like-for-like (lfl) revenue has risen by almost 50%, according to the company’s interim results for the 26-week period ended 1 January 2023.

Better outlook: Revolution Bars Group says its Peach Pubs arm is faring well

Revolution sales up after record-breaking Christmas

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bars Group has reported an increase in total sales from £74.1m to £76m thanks to a bumper Christmas period that saw record breaking like-for-like (lfl) pre-booked party revenue, in the 26 weeks ended 31 December 2022.

Multifaceted venues: pubs “underestimating the opportunities” presented by M&A activity within the sector (Pictured: MA Leaders Birmingham)

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M&A opportunities ‘underestimated’

By Rebecca Weller

Firms are “underestimating the opportunities” presented by M&A activity within the sector as operators look to take on “smaller locations”, according to property experts.

Growing estate: the Six Bells in Madeley is Red Oak's third acquisition of the year

Red Oak Taverns hits 210 pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multi-site operator Red Oak Taverns has secured its third acquisition of 2023 with the Six Bells in Madeley, near Telford in Shropshire.

Revolution trade: Rob Pitcher says temporary closures will allow staff to be on ‘brilliant form’

Revolution to expand ‘when time is right’

By Shwetali Sapte

Revolution Bars Group has a strong pipeline in place but remains focused on integrating Peach Pubs into the company in the short term, according to chief executive Rob Pitcher.

Business update: Oakman CEO Dermot King (left) and chairman Peter Borg-Neal (right) (image: Oakman Group)

Oakman eyes £5.3m shareholder raise

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator The Oakman Group is looking to raise £5.3m from shareholders, it revealed in a half year trading update to Sunday 1 January 2023.

Outside factor: pre-booked party revenue for Revolution Bars Group was disrupted by rail strikes

Revolution to make winter closures as lfls fall

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bars Group has reported its like-for-like (lfl) sales fell by 9% for the Christmas period versus 2019 – the last time results were not affected by Covid – adding it will close sites on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Delighted: Nightcap CEO and co-founder Sarah Willingham

Nightcap reports record 60.9% revenue boost

By Gary Lloyd

Bar operator Nightcap has reported a record-breaking boost of 60.9% in its revenue and a 4.7% hike in like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to 1 January 2023.

Company growth: Blind Tiger Brew Co is the mobile event bar division of Blind Tiger Inns

Footfall steady for Blind Tiger Inns

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multi-site pub operator Blind Tiger Inns has reported a steady trade despite the current challenges facing the sector.

What's in the news 9 December?

'Costs are through the roof'

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with Newgate Pub & Bars boss Joe Smith to get his take on the industry's news.

Business plan: the Cat & Wickets Pub Company is looking to grow further next year (image: Getty/RapidEye)

Cricketing duo expand pub group

By Nikkie Thatcher

Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney have acquired the Griffin Inn, Swithland in Leicestershire, as the duo grow their pub business.

Firm growth: this is the fifth site for New Dawn Pubs, which is headed up by Mark Williams (l) and Mark Robson (r)

New Dawn opens 5th site

By Nikkie Thatcher

South east-based multiple operator New Dawn Pubs (NDP) is opening its fifth site, following a seven-figure investment into the property and its refurbishment.

Discounted drinks: the Commissioners Quay Inn is one of Inn Collection's sites offering half price hot drinks for over 65s

Inn Collection offering half price hot drinks

By Nikkie Thatcher

Amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, multiple operator The Inn Collection Group is inviting over 65s to use the pubs as a warm space alongside a special offer on hot drinks.

Magnificent seven: The Wordsworth Hotel becomes The Inn Collection Group’s seventh acquisition of 2022

Inn Collection Group reaches 7th heaven

By Gary Lloyd

Newcastle-based pubs with rooms operator The Inn Collection Group has taken over the Wordsworth Hotel – its seventh acquisition of the year.

All change: North has moved the production of its beers to brewery and taproom Springwell

North sells original brewery

By Nikkie Thatcher

Leeds-based brewer and bar group North has sold its original brewery to fellow West Yorkshire firm Tartarus Beers.

What's in the news 18 July?

‘We’re the good guys’

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with North Brewing’s John Gyngell to get his take on the week that saw the Autumn Statement announced.

Results boost: Revolution Bar Group has published its 2022 financial year figures

Revolution reports revenue rise to £140.8m

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bar Group has reported revenue of £140.8m in its annual report for the 52 weeks ended 2 July – up from £39.4m in financial year (FY) 2021.

Great results: Nightcap chief executive Sarah Willingham (Credit: Nicky Johnston)

Nightcap reports strong first full year of trading

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and Barrio Familia bars, has reported an increase from £6m revenue to £36m for its first full year of trading and gross profit of £28.6m up from £4.5m.

Sector overhaul: Loungers plans to open Brightside sites across A-road locations throughout the UK

New Loungers concept to reinvigorate roadside dining

By Gary Lloyd

Loungers, multiple operator of café-bar and restaurants brands Lounge and Cosy Club, is set to reinvigorate the spirit of the ’70s and ’80s in Britain with the launch of roadside dining concept Brightside.

Company growth: North is now at 10 sites including its taproom (pictured) on Sovereign Street in Leeds (image: John Slemensek Bokehgo)

North to open 10th site

By Nikkie Thatcher

Leeds-based business North Bar/North Brewing Co is set to open its 10th venue, which is located in Manchester.

Cash investment: Peach Pubs founder Lee Cash (centre) with Cat & Wickets team Harry Gurney (left) and Stuart Broad

Peach Pubs founder invests in cricketers’ pubco

By Gary Lloyd

Founder of Peach Pubs, Lee Cash, has invested in The Cat & Wickets Pub Company, which was established by cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad – who plan to have two sites open in April 2023 and five by 2025.

What's in the news 21 October

‘The more you give back, the more they support you’

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's Ed Bedington caught up with award winning operator Adrian Emmett of The Lion Treorchy to hear his take on the week's news which has seen yet another Prime Minister brought step down.

New position: Paul Pavli has joined Our Yummy Collection

Yummy adds ex-Punch MD to management team

By Nikkie Thatcher

Our Yummy Collection has announced the appointment of Paul Pavli – former managing director of Punch Pubs and sector adviser – as a non-executive director as the business eyes growth.

Annual results: James Nye says inflationary pressures have been passed on to customers

Anglian Country Inns posts revenue boost

By Gary Lloyd

Revenue at Anglian Country Inns increased to £14.3m (£5.4m: 2021) which represented a 20% increase in like-for-likes on 2019, according to its annual report for the 52 weeks ended 3 April 2022.

Positive return: CEO Rob Pitcher has called for ‘an immediate 50% business rates cut for all businesses, no matter of size’

Revolution turns £26m profit loss into £2m gain

By Gary Lloyd

Revolution Bars Group has return to profitability having turned a £26.3m loss before tax in 2021 into a positive £2.1m gain, according to its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 2 July 2022.

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