2016

Positive: Shepherd Neame posts strong sales results (pic: Jonathan Neame)

‘Food pubs are not dead’ says Shepherd Neame boss

By Nicholas Robinson

Recent upheaval in the casual-dining sphere does not signal the death of the eating-out market, but highlights the pitfalls of “putting all your eggs in one basket” instead of offering variety, according to Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame....

Parliamentary reception: winners will be announced on 5 February at a reception at the House of Lords

Finalists announced in National Best Bar None awards

By Stuart Stone

Bolton, Sheffield, Plymouth and Torquay have made it through to the final of the ‘National Best Bar None awards’ to be presented at a reception at the House of Lords on 5 February.

Good year: Beds and Bars has reported a 5% increase year on year on like-for-like sales

Beds & Bars reports 'another successful year' for 2017

By Georgina Townshend

Backpacker bar and hostel operator Beds & Bars has reported that like-for-like sales have increased 5% year on year, rising to £47.7m from April 2016 to March 2017 despite "political, social and economical obstacles hitting the businesses hard".

Delighted: Peter Borg-Neal reports profit growth over 2016/17

Oakman Inns reports 'strong sales and profit growth' over 2016/17

By Georgina Townshend

Oakman Inns has reported a strong performance over 2016/17, with group turnover up by 20.4% at £23.3m and like-for-like sales up 3.5% - despite being "negatively impacted" by the weakness of sterling and a snowy Christmas period.

Wages: men are paid on average more than women

Men paid 14p an hour more than women

By Michelle Perrett

Male workers in the hospitality sector are paid more per hour than women, research from software company Fourth has revealed.

Lack of trust: Jemima Withey fears inside theft after £21k stolen

Operator awarded £1 after manager stole £21k

By Georgina Townshend

A Suffolk publican has hit out after being awarded £1 from a former manager who admitted stealing more than £20,000 from the premises over the course of a few months.

Cost-saving: CAMRA national chairman Colin Valentine assured members there was no cause for concern

CAMRA implements emergency cost-saving measures

By Nikkie Sutton

A potential shortfall in income has lead Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) leaders to take evasive action and put cost-saving measures in place, the organisation revealed in a letter to members.

Happy as is: Pugs Pubs has put plans for rapid expansion on the backburner

Pug Pubs puts expansion plans on hold

By Michelle Perrett

Pug Pubs, the three-strong pub chain, has put plans for rapid expansion on the backburner to focus on its current operation.

The Pub Market Report from MCA Insight and MA will reveal how the trade has changed since 2016

Will licensee optimism continue to rise?

By Peter Linden, market analysis manager, MCA Insight

In the Pub Market Report conducted by MCA Insight and the MA last year, the key finding was that licensees were increasingly positive about trading.

'Unapologetically consistent': Georgel on the company's ethos

Pubs code

MRO taken by just four Admiral licensees

By Liam Coleman

Only four Admiral Taverns licensees have taken up the option of MRO since the legislation became law in July 2016, the company's financial results have revealed.

MRO: More roadshows for tenants

Events

MRO: More roadshows for tenants

By James Evison

More road shows have been announced by PAS and the ALMR, BII & FLVA following the first successful round of MRO workshops.

Pub openings August 2016

Openings

Pub openings August 2016

By Nikkie Sutton

The Morning Advertiser takes a look at pubs which have been refurbished and reopened in August.

Tracker figures: managed pub and restaurant groups show growth

Brexit

Pub market defies Brexit fears

By Liam Coleman

There are no signs of short-term post-Brexit woes in the pub property market, as figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show that pub and restaurant sales have increased in July 2016 compared to July 2015.

The journey to the pubs code

Legislation

The journey to the pubs code

By James Evison

On 18 November 2014, MPs voted in favour of the market rent only-option (MRO) in the pubs code. It’s been a long time coming, but finally the promise of that day has been delivered. The Morning Advertiser looks back on the journey to implementation.

Pub openings in July 2016

Pub openings

Pub openings July 2016

By Nikkie Sutton

The Morning Advertiser takes a look at pubs reopened and renovated in July 2016.

Martin has described operating conditions as 'highly competitive'

city news

JD Wetherspoon like-for-like sales up 3.8%

By Emily Sutherland

JD Wetherspoon has announced like-for-like sales increased by 3.8% in the 13 weeks leading up to 24 April, in line with the most recent six week period reported in the company’s interim results.

More than half of Brits went to pub in January

Mintel research

More than half of Brits went to pub in January

By Chris Wisson

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser has partnered with market analysts Mintel to provide insight from its new leisure tracker, which covers consumers’ pub visiting habits. Senior analyst Chris Wisson examines the latest findings.

Hot Shots: Are you a pub trade rising star?

Careers

Hot Shots: Are you a pub trade rising star?

By Mike Berry

One of the biggest challenges the pub trade faces is attracting new talent and convincing people that the sector offers exciting and viable careers. The Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) wants to meet that challenge head-on and showcase the diversity...

Fleurets and Christie Co optimism for pub property sector

Analysis

Are there reasons to be optimistic about pub property?

By Ben Winstanley

With Fleurets’ Survey of Pub Prices and the Christie & Co’s Business Outlook 2016 now published, Ben Winstanley takes a closer look at what the two reports have in common and what this tells us about the year ahead

Advice: Timescales clearer on deregulations

Legal advice

Advice: Timescales clearer on deregulations

By Poppleston Allen

We have been commenting on the Deregulation Bill 2014 for some time and providing updates where possible on the proposed timescales for it receiving royal assent and the Deregulation Act coming into force.