Stark findings: almost four in 10 pubs could not cope with losing more than 10% of sales after reopening


10% sales drop is all most reopened pubs can handle

By Nicholas Robinson

The majority of pubs will be able to handle a maximum of just a 10% drop in sales to remain profitable and continue trading long-term, data from an exclusive snapshot poll of industry leaders has revealed.

Support fund: pub company Greene King has partnered with the sector’s leading support charity to help its staff


Greene King launches support fund for staff

By Emily Hawkins

Pub operator and brewer Greene King (GK) has launched a support fund in partnership with the Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) to help its staff members.

Under wraps: the line-up of speakers for the MA500 webinar will be revealed shortly


MA500 goes digital

By Nikkie Thatcher

With the unprecedented shutdown of society ongoing, The Morning Advertiser is striving to find new ways to keep our readership informed and head of the game wherever possible, and the MA500 is no exception.

Neil McDonnell, Hickory’s Smokehouse criticises insurance companies amid coronavirus


‘Insurance companies have been a disgrace’

By Ed Bedington

Insurance has been the biggest headache for operator Neil McDonnell of Hickory’s Smokehouse in Chester. He told The Morning Advertiser how he was dealing with the issue when we visited him.

Top title: the Cott Inn, run by Mark Annear, was crowned Great British Pub of the Year at the 2019 awards


Keeping the Cott on the landscape

By Ed Bedington

An award-winning operator has seen his year of success derailed because of the coronavirus crisis lockdown but is determined to keep his pub at the heart of its community.

Salary drop: Tim Martin has taken a 50% pay cut amid the coronavirus crisis


JDW ‘hoping to reopen in June’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pub behemoth JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has revealed it is planning for the future and estimates its pubs may be able to reopen in June.

'Business closing' burden: 'the prospect of coming out of this with considerable debt, largely as a result of substantial rent arrears, doesn’t bear thinking about,' Martin Roper explains

Pub companies must share the pain

By Martin Roper

Multiple operator Martin Roper has found himself caught between four different landlords in the debate on pub rents.

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