MA500 Business Club

Portfolio addition: the King’s Arms in Dorchester was acquired by Stay Original in 2016

Stay Original pumps £5m into historic pub

By Nikkie Sutton

Multiple operator Stay Original has invested £5m into the refurbishment of a pub that is famed for its literary links to novelist Thomas Hardy.

Experienced operator: Victoria Hunt has runs pubs in Norfolk since 2007

Victoria Hunt: my life in the trade

By Victoria Hunt

Multiple operator Victoria Hunt runs two busy pubs in Norfolk – the Lodge Griddle & Grill in North Tuddenham and the Fox at Lyng. She reveals how she got to where she is today.

Beer focus: Manchester has more than 80 breweries in and around the city

Manchester MA500: a city united

By Nikkie Sutton

The next MA500 business club meeting will be taking place in Manchester this spring (Thursday 16 May).

International Women's Day: Business leaders, in association with Plan B

International Women’s Day

The women who lead in the on-trade

By Nicholas Robinson

There are too few women at the top level in business across the world and the UK. While pubs and bars can't escape that fact either, here we tell the stories of nine women at the top in the on-trade.

Looking ahead: some 68% of all business leaders were optimistic about the prospects for 2019

Pub bosses cautiously optimistic about future

By Nikkie Sutton

Confidence levels in hospitality are varied in early 2019, with business leaders in the pub sector showing cautious optimism about what the next 12 months will bring, research has found.

Right or wrong: three operators talk pros and cons of tenanted and leased pubs

Multiple operators spill the beans on tenancies

By Nicholas Robinson

His first experience of a pub tenancy left Mark Robson, co-founder of Red Mist Leisure, “feeling scarred”, having been advised to remain guarded and to keep any sniff of financial success from reaching the site's landlord.

Looking ahead: UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls says the future is uncertain


Kate Nicholls: is Brexit worth it?

By Nikkie Sutton

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls will be revealing where we are at with Brexit and what the pub sector should expect with the various scenarios on the horizon, when she addresses MA500 at Stamford Bridge, west London, this week (13 Feb). Here...

Street talking: the MA500 crowd will hit the pavements of Clapham for the study tour at this month's event


MA500 London study tour

By Nikkie Sutton

The all-important study tour for the MA500 business club in London this month (February) can now be revealed.

Smooth integration: NewRiver confirmed it had acquired Hawthorn Leisure for £106.8m last year

NewRiver completes Hawthorn Leisure integration

By Nikkie Sutton

Retail estate investment business NewRiver has announced it has finished the integration of the Hawthorn Leisure pub and leisure business, eight months after its acquisition.