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Portfolio increase: the deal sees Admiral's estate grow to about 1,600 sites (image: Getty/VioletaStoimenova)

Admiral acquires Hawthorn for £222.3m

By Nikkie Thatcher

Hawthorn, the Community Pub Company has been sold to Admiral Taverns for an expected gross aggregate cash consideration of about £222.3m, taking the latter’s estate to more than 1,600 sites.

Greater impact: ‘Just as I was starting to make a few quid for the first time in 15 months it has been completely wiped out and more’

Opinion

Isolation notices: The shark in the shallows

By Tim Tomlinson, operator of the White Cross, Merchants 1688, the Stonewall Tap, Lancaster, Lancashire

I am sure everyone in the sector is extremely happy about the news we will be allowed to open more or less as normal from 19 July.

Better times ahead: ‘As ever, there will be winners and losers in the sector depending on location, demographic, segment, management, ownership amongst other factors’

Opinion

Post-lockdown pub sector presents ‘once in a decade opportunity’

By Nigel Parson director, research, Finncap

The hospitality sector is on tenterhooks over the Government’s proposed roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June – dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ – according to Nigel Parson director, research, at strategic advisory and capital raising service provider Finncap.

Cash injection: Robinsons has invested across its estate during the coronavirus pandemic

Robinsons pub investment continues

By Nikkie Thatcher

North-west based brewer and operator Robinsons has invested millions into its pub estate amid the coronavirus crisis.

Pub politics: ''To be elected mayor of Goole is testament to how well Chris understands the town and what the community cares about,' Hawthorn CEO Mark Davies said of Goole's new mayor Chris Bailey (pictured)

Pub operator elected mayor of Goole

By Stuart Stone

A Hawthorn pub operator has been elected mayor of the port, market town and civil parish of Goole in East Riding of Yorkshire.

What’s in the news 30 April?

MA’S REVIEW OF THE WEEK

‘We’re still feeling a bit like the fun police’

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser’s Ed Bedington spoke with Phil Thorley of Thorley Taverns to discuss the most recent on-trade news - including the latest on vaccine passports.

Tenant satisfaction: More than half of tenants responding to The MA’s survey revealed that their pubco point of contact – such as their business development manager – has changed during the past year

Coronavirus: a year of closures

How has Covid-19 impacted tenant relationships with their pub company?

By Stuart Stone

With 20 March marking a year-to-the-day since last orders were called in pubs just days before a first national lockdown, The Morning Advertiser (MA) quizzed its readers on how their working relationships have changed in the past 12 months.

Reopening date: Young's is aiming to get its pubs open again for 17 May, according to the Government's proposed roadmap

Young’s forecasts positive cash flow by May

By MCA

Young’s has announced plans to reopen 140 of its managed pubs with outdoor spaces on or around 12 April, as well as an update to its finances which it gives it available borrowing facilities of £225m.

Developed role: 'When I look back, I am grateful for the changes and the education it has brought forward in many aspects of my life'

International Women's Day 2021

'Vast improvements' for women working in pubs

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

My younger self did not take any notice of such events as International Women’s Day.

What’s in the news 5 March?

The MA’s Review of the week

Beer duty freeze ‘could have been bolder’

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser’s Ed Bedington mulls over the Spring Budget with the help of Herefordshire-based freehouse operator Matt Slocombe of the Crown at Woolhope.

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.

Revenue down: London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace has reported huge losses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Darwin & Wallace revenues down £2m

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace lost almost a quarter of its usual revenue as a result of the first lockdown, contributing to a £2m dip in its year-on-year sales.

Rushed reopening: 'There has been a big push to get pubs opened as soon as possible again. I understand that, I just urge a little bit of caution,' Stuart Bateman says

Big interview

'False dawn' pub reopenings would be absolutely catastrophic

By Stuart Stone

Like everyone else in the on-trade, Stuart Bateman of Lincolnshire-based Batemans wants to see pubs open ‘as soon as possible’ – however the Salem Bridge brewer isn’t buying into the idea of a Government witch hunt.

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