MA500 Business Club

Annual review: Stew & Oyster’s Jay Weir says ‘the past six weeks or so already feel like half a lifetime’


‘Never let a crisis go to waste’

By Jay Weir, operations director, Stew & Oyster

As I look back on my first year as ops director of Yorkshire-based pub operator Stew & Oyster, to say it hasn’t quite been what I was expecting would be like saying beer is moderately palatable – rather an understatement.

Leader’s departure: managing director Chris Hopkins is retiring from Hydes Brewery

Hopkins to retire from Hydes

By Ed Bedington

Industry veteran Chris Hopkins has announced he’s stepping down from the managing director role at Manchester-based family brewer Hydes after 22 years at the helm.

Future ideas: Chestnut’s Philip Turner, Black Sheep Brewery’s Andy Slee and Loungers’ Nick Collins laid out the post-lockdown plans


How are operators planning for post-lockdown?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Social distancing, further innovation and concerns about the end of the furlough scheme are three points operators are taking into consideration when planning to reopen.

Further aid: UKH boss Kate Nicholls called for the Government to extend support into next year


Government needs to evolve support to 2021

By Nikkie Thatcher

Support packages for the hospitality industry must continue and evolve to the end of 2020 and into the beginning of next year, one trade leader has urged.

Critical support: the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme has been an ‘absolute lifesaver’ according to Livelyhood Pub Group's Tom Talbot


‘The state aid we’ve received has helped us survive’

By Stuart Stone

Tom Talbot of Livelyhood Pub Company and City Pub Group’s Clive Watson dialled in to MA500’s online conference to discuss what Covid-19 financial support they had received and how it had helped their businesses survive shutdown.

How can you maintain a pub's value?


Size matters in the new normal

By Ed Bedington

Space and rural location is going to be key when it comes to maintaining property values in a post-lockdown world, a leading property expert has claimed.

How should I reopen my pub?


Preparation is key for reopening

By Ed Bedington

Pubs need to prepare carefully and think about updating their range in the run-up to reopening their operations, experts have advised.

Conference speakers: James Watt (left) and Gary Turner will be revealing how they are keeping teams engaged


BrewDog and Inn Collection Group reveal staff engagement secrets

By Nikkie Thatcher

BrewDog co-founder James Watt and The Inn Collection Group commercial and compliance manager Gary Turner will be outlining how they are keeping staff engaged at the digital MA500 conference later this week (Thursday 14 May).

Looking forward: BrewDog has said staff will wear face masks and gloves in its initial reopening plan


BrewDog reveals future for its bars

By Nikkie Thatcher

Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog has announced its initial approach to reopening its bars, subject to official guidance from the Government.

Support: most pubs would need furlough to be extended


68% of pubs need furlough beyond June to survive

By Nicholas Robinson

More than two thirds of pub bosses asked in a snapshot poll of hospitality industry leaders have said furlough will need to be in place for longer to ensure the sector’s survival.

Under wraps: the line-up of speakers for the MA500 webinar will be revealed shortly


MA500 goes digital

By Nikkie Thatcher

With the unprecedented shutdown of society ongoing, The Morning Advertiser is striving to find new ways to keep our readership informed and head of the game wherever possible, and the MA500 is no exception.

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