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Development opportunities: TRG acquired by Apollo Global Management (Credit: Getty/Martin Barraud)

TRG to be taken private in £506m deal

By Finn Scott-Delany

The Restaurant Group is to be acquired by Apollo Global Management in a cash acquisition valuing the company at around £506m.

Improved outlook: Marston's reports 10.1% sales increase

Marston's sales up 10% as pubco reduces head office costs

By Rebecca Weller

Pub operator and brewer Marston’s has reported like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to Saturday 30 September were 10.1% up compared with the same period last year as well as a £5m reduction in head office costs.

Record results: Jonathan Neame is confident for the future

‘Record revenues’ achieved by Shepherd Neame

By Gary Lloyd

Shepherd Neame CEO Jonathan Neame is confident “the turmoil of the past few years is now settling” as the company achieved “record revenues” in the 52 weeks ended 24 June 2023.

Hidden costs: Karen Errington of top gastropub the Rat at Anick outlines how rising prices are impacting her business


'It's much harder to keep people happy'

By Karen Errington, the Rat, Anick, Northumberland

When I was asked to write an opinion piece on the issues that affect us in the industry today, it was nigh on impossible to write about anything other than rising costs and the struggle for us small businesses to stay viable.

Good timing: Bath Pub Company co-founder Joe Cussens (pictured) told the MA he was looking forward to doing something different following St Austell acquirement


'Good timing' for St Austell takeover of Bath Pub Co

By Rebecca Weller

After a “tumultuous few years’” in the sector, managing director and co-founder of the Bath Pub Company, Joe Cussens, told The Morning Advertiser (MA) it was time for a “new chapter” for both him and the business.

Hugely valued: TRG chair Ken Hanna to step down (Pictured: Brunning & Price site the Roe Deer in Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands)

TRG chair to step down

By Rebecca Weller

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has announced its chairman, Ken Hanna, will step down.

Operator opinion: 'It’s quite depressing that none of the parties are offering any solution to the continuing UK labour shortages', says Brendan Padfield


Batten down and call out Brexit

By Brendan Padfield, owner, the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

As autumn beckons, sadly further clouds appear to be gathering for the hospitality sector. Many of our team at the Unruly Pig are not alone facing whopping increases in their mortgage payments from October to December, which will significantly adversely...

Array of experience: managing director of Boots Opticians James Arrow appointed as new Brewdog chief operating officer (Pictured: BrewDog's Las Vegas bar)

BrewDog appoints new COO

By Rebecca Weller

Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog has appointed James Arrow as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Celebration: Licensee looks back on her time at Lancashire pub

Licensee celebrates 40 years behind bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Licensee Lorraine Hewitson celebrated her 40-year milestone behind the bar at the Lancashire-based coaching inn the Royal Oak, citing the "extended family" of the community as her favourite part of the job.

Silver celebration: (l-r) Alex Arkell, James Arkell, Anne Andrews, Nicholas Tilt, George Arkell and Nick Arkell

Arkell’s toasts long-serving licensees

By Gary Lloyd

Wiltshire brewer and pub operator Arkell’s Brewery has celebrated the 25-year milestone of Nicholas Tilt and Anne Andrews running of the Duke of Edinburgh, in Winkfield.

A view to more rooms: Broad Street Townhouse in Bath, Somerset, pictured

Liberation Group to invest in more rooms across estate

By Gary Lloyd

Liberation Group will invest in expanding its accommodation offer after announcing like-for-like (lfl) sales on the rooms side of its UK business has risen by 14.7% in the first half (H1) of its current financial year (FY23).

Second site: Tom and Renata are the new licensees at the George Inn in Newnham for Shepherd Neame

Kent couple go multiple after lunch at picturesque village pub

By Gary Lloyd

A lunch date at Shepherd Neame site has led to a pub-running couple to take on their second venture with the brewer and pubco after being enamoured with the picturesque village inn. Here are some pictures of the George and the operators

Strong start to the year: Fuller's CEO Simon Emeny has been buoyed by recent sales figures

Fuller’s like-for-like sales up 15.1%

By Gary Lloyd

Pub operator Fuller, Smith & Turner (Fuller’s) has announced a like-for-like (lfl) sales boost of 15.1% for the first 15 weeks of its financial year (FY23) to 15 July 2023.

Escape to the lakes: The Angel Inn aims to welcome guests to the pub as they would their home

Friendly staff ‘key’ to business success

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Staff can make or break a business according to general manager of the Angel Inn, which was recently recognised as one of the top places to stay in the Lake District.

Pub People: Mark Crowther was appointed as non-executive chairman in October 2022

The Pub People expands by 50% in six months

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Pub People has grown its estate by 50% in six months, a move its non-executive chairman cites as one of his biggest achievements as he eyes the future with “confidence”.

Trading results: The Pub People shares its business and acquisition insights

Pub People celebrates ‘strong’ trade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Pub People Group has accelerated its expansion plans by making several freehold acquisitions, including an addition of five pubs to its portfolio last month.

Trading update: Young’s is looking forward to the Rugby World Cup in autumn

Young’s optimistic as revenue and lfl sales rise

By Gary Lloyd

Young & Co Brewery said it is optimistic about the year ahead as it announced, for the first 13 weeks of 2023, revenue was up 8.3% in total and up 6.8% on a like-for-like (lfl) basis versus 2022.

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