Portfolio expansion: the two latest acquisitions take Brunning and Price to 79 venues (image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Brunning and Price eyes 80 sites

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple pub operator Brunning and Price has acquired two new sites, taking its total estate to 79, with plans for an eightieth in the pipeline.

Staff shortage: the recruitment crisis in the trade has meant wages have risen (image: Getty/Volha Shakhava)

Wages driven up by staff shortages


The average wages of pub and restaurant workers have risen by as much as 14%, driven by a shortage of staff in the hospitality sector.

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.

Trade anger: Liverpool has agreed to implement a late-night levy policy


Industry slams Liverpool late-night levy decision

By James Evison

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and British Beer & Pub Association have described the move by Liverpool City Council to implement a late-night levy as "disappointing" and questioned if the local authority has the powers to...

Revamped proposal: Liverpool County Council has agreed to roll out a late-night levy


Liverpool signs off late-night levy plans

By James Evison

Plans for a late-night levy (LNL) have been introduced by Liverpool City Council (LCC) following deferral of a decision in March.

366th gin: Greg Kimber, Nelson's Gin, Jess Moody, the Cholmondeley Arms and her team.


Gin festival attracts thousands

By Nikkie Sutton

A Cheshire pub hosted the county’s biggest gin festival and saw more than 2,500 in attendance. 

Joule's MD Steve Nuttall:

Joule’s to rethink craft beer concept

By Mike Berry

Steve Nuttall, managing director of Shropshire brewer and pub operator Joule’s has revealed the company is re-evaluating its Craft Beer Bars concept after mixed results at two trial sites.

Fat Cat Cafe Bars attract interest

Fat Cat Cafe Bars attract interest

By John Harrington

Strong interest has been shown in the package of six Fat Cat Café Bars placed on the market last month, with all but one currently in legals.

Gerard Ford & Philip Ainsworth: tenants of the year

Millstone is top JW Lees tenanted pub

By Adam Pescod

A Manchester licensee has credited "good standards" after he was named Tenant of the Year at JW Lees' Pub of the Year awards on 7 June. Gerard Ford,...

Robinsons: looking for quality tenants

Robinson's seeks tenants at four pubs

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Frederic Robinson's, the Stockport-based family brewer, has appointed Christie + Co to find tenants for four of its pubs in Cheshire.

Dunn (L): Manager of the Year

Orchid dishes out Halo Awards to pubs

By Lesley Foottit

The Orchid Group's first Halo Awards took place last week at the Pacific Oriental in London where eight awards were presented. More than 500...

Riemenschneider: relaunched the Highwayman

Thwaites pub goes to Swiss chef

By The PMA Team

Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider has taken over a Thwaites-owned pub in Cheshire and relaunched it as a restaurant under the same name.

Robinson turnover and profits up

Robinson turnover and profits up

By The PMA Team

Stockport brewer and retailer Frederic Robinson has unveiled a 52% increase in pre-tax profits to £3.2m in the year to 31 December 2009. The...

Bacon: hopes to translate what is good about pubs to bars

Plans for US-type community bars

By The PMA Team

Tim Bacon, the founder of Living Room bar and restaurant chain, is to launch a new concept in the West Kirby district of Wirral next month, called...



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Cheshire pubwatch

Cheshire pubwatch

hits home Troublemakers over a wide area of Cheshire will in future face problems in getting a drink. The latest pubwatch to be launched in the...