Punch Pubs & Co

Punch deal rumours remain unconfirmed

By Ed Bedington

Speculation over a potential deal for the purchase of Punch Pubs & Co continues to swirl with both parties refusing to comment.

What's in the news 27 February

The MA's Review of the Week

Frustrations and optimism for reopening

By Ed Bedington

The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington speaks with Punch Pubs ceo Clive Chesser about the week's biggest headlines.

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.

Live updates: latest on the Government's pub-related coronavirus restrictions

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Prime Minister pledges cash for wet pubs

By Emily Hawkins

Most areas in England will be placed into tier two measures this week while pubs in a number of areas must remain closed under the strictest rules.

Ongoing support: Punch Pubs & Co is offering rent credit from July

Punch to offer 75% rent credit from summer

By Nikkie Thatcher

Punch Pubs & Co will offer help to tied pubs on substantive agreements from 4 July, with initial support of three quarters (75%) rent credit for July, reduced each month beyond autumn.

Joint effort: Punch Pubs & Co boss Clive Chesser said the business was committed to working with its publicans

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Punch continues to suspend rent

By Nikkie Thatcher

Punch Pubs & Co is still suspending the collection of rent, insurance, fixtures and fittings rental, and licensing fees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent additions: Punch’s Clive Chesser has welcomed the seven Heartstone Inns pubs to the fold

Punch acquires 7 pubs from Heartstone Inns

By Nikkie Thatcher

National pubco Punch Pubs & Co has completed the acquisition of seven pubs from south-west-based Heartstone Inns this week for an undisclosed sum.

Building bridges: the fundraiser has accepted the pub’s apology and donation after he was asked to leave during his charity walk (image credit; flickr.com/photos/darkdwarf)

‘Speedo Mick’ accepts Punch’s apology

By Alice Leader

An unfortunate misunderstanding that resulted in an avid Speedo-wearing fundraiser being asked to leave a pub during his 1,000-mile charity walk, has been resolved.

Long history: the Rothschild Arms has been open since 1847

Campaigners protest at Punch HQ to save pub

By Nikkie Thatcher

Campaigners are fighting to save a popular Buckinghamshire pub from closure by protesting outside its owner, Punch’s head office in Burton-upon-trent, Staffordshire.

Saved by drinkers: pub operator Jayne Blackshaw says donations have saved the Cotton Tree (image: The Cotton Tree, Facebook)

Regulars raise £3.5k for flooded pub

By Emily Hawkins

A pub operator has thanked her regulars for coming to the rescue with a crowdfunding effort after a flood forced the pub to shut for weeks.

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.

Industry-leading facility: Punch has launched a new training venue to help operators create great customer experiences

Punch launches publican training facility

By Stuart Stone

Independent pub company Punch has launched a new training facility, The Academy, at its support centre in Burton-upon-Trent, east Staffordshire.

Board departure: Clive Chesser is leaving Greene King to join Punch

Punch appoints Clive Chesser as CEO

By Michelle Perrett

Clive Chesser, the former managing director of Greene King’s brewing division, has joined Punch as its new chief executive officer.

Committed: Punch is the latest pubco to turn its back on single-use straws

Punch becomes latest pubco to stop using straws

By Georgina Townshend

Punch has become the latest pubco to join the war against plastic straws by eliminating their use across its 70-strong retail pub estate, while encouraging its circa 1,200 leased and tenanted pubs to follow suit.

Remarkable Punch publicans: pubs have a 'rosy future'

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Outgoing Punch chief executive on the future for Punch pubs

By Claire Churchard

Following the news that Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood has decided to leave the business, after Patron completed its deal to buy the group's pubs, The Morning Advertiser gets the inside track on why he isn’t staying for the transition period...

Concerned: pubs code adjudicator Paul Newby vows to investigate MRO issues further

PCA to confront pub owning businesses over MRO blocking

By Claire Churchard

Pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code, according to a report commissioned by the pubs code adjudicator’s office.

Increased selection: Punch and Star pubs can order beers from outside their ordinary range for festivals

How can tied pubs still host beer festivals?

By James Beeson

The hot summer weather may be but a distant memory, but for many pubs the arrival of summer is hailed as the perfect opportunity to increase trade and footfall by hosting a beer festival. 

Low pick-up: only a handful of licensees have taken the MRO option

Meagre MRO take up across major pubcos

By Liam Coleman

Only eight licensees have taken up the market-rent-only (MRO) option across five of the six pubcos governed by the pubs code since it came into force in July 2016.

Deal struck: Marston's will distribute beer to part of Punch's current estate

Punch strikes distribution deal with Marston’s

By Nicholas Robinson

Punch will change its delivery service ahead of its proposed takeover by Heineken and Patron Capital, following current distributor Carlsberg’s announcement to withdraw its UK delivery service.

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