The PMA’s annual Pub Market Report highlights some promising trends. Respondents to the survey cited increasingly flexible tenancy/lease contracts as one reason to be cheerful, alongside opportunities from events and occasions, food sales and hot beverages.
Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), the managed pub operator, has reported a 6.5% rise in like-for-like sales in the nine weeks to 21 January, aided by improved weather over the Christmas period, although trading in January has been “more subdued”.
One of the most rewarding duties that befalls the editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (besides all the press launches, beer tastings, industry dinners and, ahem, skiing trips) is to get involved with judging for the Publican Awards.
If you haven’t already done so, I suggest taking a look at Accolade Wine’s new website dedicated to helping the trade grow sales. Even with my suspicious approach to anything new, it didn’t take me long to realise that winningwithwine.com has some pretty...