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Celebrating community: Fuller's have launched the Pride of Fuller's Awards for 2022

Fuller’s launches Pride of Fuller’s Awards

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Pride of Fuller’s Awards have been launched by Fuller, Smith & Turner, to celebrate anyone who has gone above and beyond, inspired others, or carried out acts of kindness.

Pictured at the MA Leaders event (from left to right): The Morning Advertiser's Nikkie Thatcher was joined by operators Brian Whiting, Dianne Irving and Philip Thorley

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Consumer confidence has risen but inflation poses threat

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs are still standing and optimistic for the year ahead, but inflation and VAT rises alongside the staffing crisis pose big challenges for 2022, according to operators across the sector.

Insight revealed: CGA managing director for UK and Ireland Jonny Jones outlines consumer data at the MA Leaders Club conference

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Consumer confidence rises by 36 percentage points

By Rebecca Weller

Consumer confidence has risen 36 percentage points when compared with January 2021 with 70% now feeling ‘very’ or ‘quite confident visiting hospitality venues, according to CGA.

What's in the news 25 February?

The MA's Review of the Week

The economic impact of Ukraine invasion will be felt across the world

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington catches up with Valiant Pub Co boss Gerry Carroll to get his take on the latest headlines hitting the industry, from managing the exit of restrictions through to the impact of war in Europe on the trade.

Onwards and upwards: pubs are back on the expansion trail says Peter Hansen of Sapient Corporate Finance

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Further lockdowns unlikely because Government ‘cannot afford it’

By Gary Lloyd

The possibility of further lockdowns is over according to Peter Hansen of Sapient Corporate Finance because the Government “cannot afford it”, he said while speaking at the MA Leaders Club conference at Fabric nightclub, in London, on Thursday 24 February.

Just Add Talent: Star Pubs & Bars to double the amount of its managed pubs in Scotland (Credit: Getty/ monkeybusinessimages)

Star to double Scottish managed portfolio

By Rebecca Weller

Large pub operator Star Pubs & Bars has announced plans to double the amount of its managed operator pubs in Scotland during 2022 as part of it Just Add Talent (JAT) estate.

Exciting times: Nightcap plans to open two new sites in early April

Nightcap set to open new Cocktail Club, 24 new sites in pipeline

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, is set to open a The Cocktail Club site and a Tonight Josephine bar in early April – and has 24 new premises under offer or in legals too.

Your Adventure Starts Here: St Austell Brewery launches six-figure recruitment campaign

St Austell Brewery launches six-figure recruitment campaign

By Rebecca Weller

Independent brewery and pub company, St Austell Brewery, has launched a six-figure campaign to attract new talent to the hospitality industry and highlight the adventures in store for employees who choose to work in the South-West.

Linda and Paul McNamara: having run the Park View in Birkenhead for two decades the licensees are selling the site via raffle

'Proper boozer' to be sold via raffle

By Rebecca Weller

Licensees in Birkenhead have decided to sell their pub via raffle in the hope the “proper boozer” will stay at the heart of the local community.

Agenda details: Farringdon will play host to the latest MA Leaders Club event on Thursday 24 February (image: Getty/Andrew Holt)

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MA Leaders London line-up revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

Our first MA Leaders Club event of 2022 will be taking place at the iconic Fabric nightclub in Farringdon, London this month (Thursday 24 February) as well as exploring Smiths of Smithfield before hitting the streets to uncover some of the most exciting...

First opening: the Stanneylands in Wilmslow will reopen this week after ground-floor work and exterior landscaping

JW Lees to open first new-build site in 10 years

By Gary Lloyd

Manchester brewer and pub operator JW Lees is set to open three sites including its first new-build pub in more than 10 years at the end of the month – and is targeting more acquisitions.

Pub group boss: Oakman founder and executive chairman Peter Borg-Neal

Oakman looks to increase estate size by 25%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator the Oakman Group has secured what is directors believe to be its “strongest ever pipeline of new sites”, which would result in the business growing its estate by a quarter (25%).

Stability at the top: former CEO and chairman Mark Derry will stay on as executive chairman at Brasserie Bar Co

Alchemy acquires Brasserie Bar Co

By Georgi Gyton

Brasserie Bar Co has been acquired by Alchemy Partners for an undisclosed sum, understood to be around £40m.

Time at the bar: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, reputedly the oldest pub in England, has closed (credit: Getty/MOF)

Last orders at England’s ‘oldest pub’

By Gary Lloyd

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks – a pub believed to be the oldest in England – has called time at the bar and closed after licensee Christo Tofalli’s business went into administration.

Growing portfolio: the Crown in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire takes the company's bedroom total to 1,000

RedCat grows accommodation offer with latest acquisition

By Nikkie Thatcher

Former Greene King boss Rooney Anand’s pub investment vehicle RedCat Pub Company has acquired the Crown Hotel in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, taking its portfolio to approximately 100 sites.

One in three pubs have no cash reserves left: BII member survey reveals 55% of respondents have debts of more than £40,000 (Credit: Getty/katleho Seisa)

Pubs in 'fragile state' as 1 in 3 left with no cash reserves

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs have been left in a ‘fragile state’ with no cash reserves, forcing some to consider ceasing trade as one in 10 licensees believe their business is currently unviable, according to the latest British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) member survey.

CAMRA launches consultation to drive inclusivity: members and non-members asked to anonymously share experiences with the campaign (Credit: Getty/ alubalish)

CAMRA launches consultation to drive inclusivity

By Rebecca Weller

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a consultation into inclusivity, diversity and equality within the organisation and at its events, in response to discussions in the wider beer and pub industry regarding continuing prevalence of discrimination and...

Venue makeover: The Prince Albert, Ely, has been expanded with an investment of Greene King Pub Partners

Prince Albert pub transformed with £280k investment

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Prince Albert pub in Ely, Cambridgeshire has bagged a £280,000 investment from Greene King Pub Partners in conjunction with long-term business partners Jeanene and Mike Connelly.

London life: directors are pleased with Urban Pubs & Bars’ performance at its sites such as the Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec (pictured)

Urban Pubs & Bars pleased with performance during pandemic

By Gary Lloyd

Urban Pubs & Bars has recorded a profit before tax of £5,287 (2020: £890,404) from sales of £8.8m with directors saying they are “pleased with the performance of the company” in its latest report to Companies House.

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January:  figures are an improvement on the first two weeks of the year (Credit: Getty/skynesher)

Drinks sales down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were down 11% in the week to Saturday 22 January when compared with the same week in 2019, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

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