Jw Lees

Message for Government: JW Lees' MD William Lees-Jones says the Government must look at what it can do to help the sector

JW Lees reports record turnover of £88m

By Gary Lloyd

Manchester-based brewer JW Lees has reported record turnover for the year to 31 March 2023 with revenue at £88m (up £13m (16%) on the previous year).

What does 2024 hold for pubs?

New Year 2024

Industry hopes and fears: Part one

By Ed Bedington

With 2024 looming, we spoke to a number of leading industry figures to get their thoughts on what the year ahead will hold.

Record year: JW Lees takes on former Marston's site as it looks to expand estate

JW Lees takes over ex-Marston's site

By Rebecca Weller

Manchester-based operator and brewer JW Lees has announced the completion of its purchase of the Pointing Dog pub from Marston’s.

Regional growth: (l-r) managing director William Lees-Jones, general manager Neil Gorman and chairman Richard Lees-Jones

JW Lees continues its north-west expansion

By Emily Hawkins

Manchester-based brewery JW Lees has continued its expansion in the north-west with the acquisition of a Cheshire coaching inn to its portfolio.

Pub properties: December's big deals


December's done deals

By Liam Coleman

An additional pub for the JW Lees estate and an iconic community pub are among the biggest and best pub deals in December.

William Lees-Jones:

The National Living Wage will lead to more pub closures

By William Lees-Jones

When George Osborne announced the introduction of the National Living Wage in July he surprised everybody. It came out of the blue and was a shameless political coup from a recently-elected government aimed at scoring points over other political parties.

Roy Ellis joins JW Lees board as adviser

Roy Ellis joins JW Lees board as adviser

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Roy Ellis, founder and ex-chief executive of Inventive Leisure, is to join the management board of JW Lees, the Manchester-based brewer and pub operator, as an external adviser, as the company accelerates its growth plans.

The Big Interview: William Lees-Jones, JW Lees

The Big Interview: William Lees-Jones, JW Lees

By Phil Mellows

JW Lees is poised for growth thanks to developing the best bits of tradition and not being afraid to close failing pubs, managing director William Lees-Jones tells Phil Mellows. Free pies have helped, too.


Mancs for the memories

By Pete Brown

How JW Lees got innovative and turned to a group of cool, anorak-clad dancers to help promote Manchester Pale Ale.

JW Lees launches Manchester Pale Ale

JW Lees launches Manchester Pale Ale

By Robyn Black

Manchester brewery JW Lees is launching a new beer, which it hopes will do for the brewery what London Pride has done for Fuller’s.

Freehold purchased: JW Lees

Lees acquires Blue Moon pub

By John Harrington

Manchester-based brewer and pub operator JW Lees has bought the freehold of a West Yorkshire pub from Blue Moon Pub Company, the firm run by former...

Decision: Tribunal hearing

JW Lees wins live-in manager appeal

By Gurjit Degun

Manchester brewery JW Lees has won a landmark employment tribunal case over paying live-in managers for their off-duty time, which could have been a...

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,...

JW Lees: pro-active in improving relations

JW Lees launches 10-point tenants' pledge

By Ewan Turney

JW Lees has launched a 10-point pledge to help bolster its relationship with its tenants and bring about a "cultural shift" at the company. An...

Simon Cross: promotion

Simon Cross joins JW Lees board

By Ewan Turney

JW Lees has promoted Simon Cross to the board as finance director — the first non-family director in 30 years. Cross joined JW Lees as director of...

JW Lees: still acquisitive at right price

JW Lees buys two ex-Mercury pubs

By Ewan Turney

North West brewer and pub operator JW Lees has acquired two ex-Mercury Inns pubs out of administration. JW Lees bought the freeholds of the Red Lion...

Marston's: absorbing price rises

Marston's and JW Lees delay price rises

By The PMA Team

Two more tenanted pub companies have pledged to help licensees by keeping a lid on price rises. Marston's tenanted division boss Alistair Darby...

JW Lees: price freeze this year

JW Lees freezes prices

By John Harrington

Manchester brewer JW Lees plans to freeze the wholesale and retail price of its beers during 2010. The brewer said it would be "cynical" to raise...

Punch Taverns: best offers came from JW Lees and Shepherd Neame

Hosts 'kept in dark' as Punch sells pubs

By Gemma McKenna

Two licensees have accused Punch of selling their pubs "behind their backs" to regional brewers while they were busy still bidding for the freeholds....

Coronation Street Ale: JW Lees rollout

Coronation Street ale rollout

By Robyn Lewis

Manchester brewer JW Lees is set to launch its Coronation Street Ale in bottles from 1 June this year. The company signed a five-year deal with ITV...

William Lees-Jones

William Lees-Jones

William Lees-Jones, managing director, JW Lees Corporate goal for the year? To still be here this time next year, believing that JW Lees is a great...