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Large operator: Whitbread stated the job losses were less than previously feared

Whitbread cuts 1,500 jobs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The parent company of Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn confirmed 1,500 job losses in its latest trading update – just over 4% of its 36,000 staff.

Incredible support: 'As we sit in tier three and unable to open for the foreseeable, we’re grateful that we’re still in business'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘This certainly wasn’t in the business plan we presented last Christmas’

By Marc Hornby, co-founder, the Virgins & Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Publicans Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby received the keys to their new pub on 9 March – less than a fortnight before the UK’s first national lockdown. Here Marc reflects on taking on a site during a pandemic.

Tricky year: 'I've had to pay a lot of people out of my own pocket to make sure they have money for Christmas'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

'We've served 450,000 customers since July and are unaware of any Covid cases'

By Patrick Frawley, owner, East London Pub Company

Patrick Frawley, who owns and operates five pubs and bars in central London as well as five restaurants and bars in Ireland via the East London Pub Company, believes hospitality has been 'thrown to the wolves' in 2020.

Reports state: this follows news earlier this year of SA Brain selling 40 sites

SA Brain ‘up for sale’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Welsh brewer and pub group SA Brain is reportedly up for sale, recruiting advisers to “navigate this period of uncertainty”.

How much have wet-led pubs lost during coronavirus?

Sales 'wipe out' for wet-led pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Wet-led pubs saw sales all but wiped out during November, data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker shows.

How much rent are pub companies charging in lockdown?

Pub companies announce lockdown rent plans

By Emily Hawkins

Pub companies including Greene King and Stonegate Pub Company have confirmed rent reductions for tenants to 10% for the second lockdown period.

What is Admiral Taverns doing to help pubs?

'Pubs are not the problem, we’re part of the solution'

By Ed Bedington

“I’m baffled” by the restrictions imposed on the sector and government support is “insufficient”, Chris Jowsey tells The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington in an exclusive video interview on how Admiral Taverns is working to support its tenants in...

Extremely confident: Fuller's chief executive Simon Emeny has said it is a question of when London bounces back and not if.

Fuller's boss 'rightsizing business'

By Emily Hawkins

Fuller’s chief executive has said he is optimistic his London-based estate can overcome “short term challenges”, in an interview with The Morning Advertiser (MA).

Bear with us: after closing indefinitely following a fire on 22 July, its been announced that the Thirsty Bear will reopen on 17 October

Former GBPA finalist to reopen after fire

By Stuart Stone

London’s Thirsty Bear, a finalist in the 2017 Great British Pub Awards’ Best for Sport category, will reopen on Saturday 17 October after fire forced it to close in July.

Up to 6,000 jobs cut: 'these changes create a more flexible labour model that can adapt with changes in the demand environment going forward,' Whitbread said of redundancy proposals

Whitbread to cut 6,000 jobs

By Stuart Stone

The operator behind brands such as Brewers Fayre, Beefeater and Premier Inn has announced that as many as 6,000 members of staff could face redundancy following a collapse in sales during the coronavirus crisis.

'Unreasonable and unsustainable': a group formed by the tenants of 202 pubs owned by Global Mutual will deliver a letter to Small Firms Minister Paul Scully

Tenants to protest pub-owning hedge fund’s rent relief

By Stuart Stone

A group formed by the tenants of 202 pubs owned by Global Mutual will march on Whitehall to deliver a letter to Small Firms Minister Paul Scully today (9 September) despite the hedge fund stating that it has provided £4.4m worth of pandemic support thus...

'Serious impact': Adnams' H1 results revealed a pre-tax loss of £3.5m for the first six months of 2020 compared to a loss of £800,000 in 2019

Adnams pre-tax losses increase to £3.5m

By Stuart Stone

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Adnams has reported further losses as a result of the “serious impact” of the coronavirus crisis on the business.

Does delaying opening help pubs?

Wait and see success for pub

By Ed Bedington

In the final recording of our series following one West Sussex pub through lockdown, MA editor Ed Bedington went back to the Lockhart Tavern in Haywards Heath to find out whether their decision to delay reopening by a few weeks has paid off.

Manager Glenn Farrell and wife Sam (front) pictured with team

Robinsons pumps £1m into Macclesfield pub

By Nicholas Robinson

Brewer and pub operator Robinsons has announced the reopening of the Flower Pot in Macclesfield after ploughing £1m into the venue as part of a long-term plan to invest in its 250-strong stable.

How successfully have pubs reopened?

How have pubs adapted to the 'new normal'?

By Ed Bedington

With pub across the UK now starting to reopen, The Morning Advertiser spoke to a few operators across Surrey and Sussex about their experience of opening up on 4 July.

Royal approval: The Duke of Cambridge shows his support to the pub trade

Prince William pops to the pub for a pint

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs received their biggest show of support prior to reopening on Saturday 4 July when HRH the Duke of Cambridge popped into the Rose & Crown in Snettisham, Norfolk, for a swift pint.

Positive outlook: operators have outlined their thoughts on reopening

It’s all about the customers!

By Ed Bedington

With pubs gearing up for independence day from next Saturday (4 July), The Morning Advertiser spoke to a group of operators to find out what it was they were most looking forward to when it comes to the industry getting back up and running.

Why aren’t some pubs opening on July 4

To open, or not to open…

By Ed Bedington

Not all pubs will be flinging their doors open on Saturday 4 July, with many choosing to wait and see how the public reacts to the new situation.

Stable pub numbers: 228 pubs called last orders in the first half of 2020 compared to 235 for the same period in 2019

Pub closures ‘stabilise’ despite Covid-19 shutdown

By Stuart Stone

The latest figures on pub closures have revealed that the number of pubs in England and Wales calling final orders in the first half of 2020 remained flat year-on-year, despite the enforced closure in March.

Pub business: Jonathan Neame said he was excited about the prospect of reopening

Shepherd Neame reveals reopening rent plan

By Nikkie Thatcher

Kent brewer and operator Shepherd Neame has announced a phased rent proposal for its licensees after the anticipated reopening of pubs on 4 July.

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