Findlay: beer tie is red herring

Marston's: beer tie not the problem

By Ewan Turney

The beer tie is not the problem for our tenants, Marston's chief executive Ralph Findlay said today. Speaking to The Times, Findlay admitted that...

Agreements: under the spotlight

BBPA code 'doesn't address main concerns'

By John Harrington

The new framework code of practice between pubcos and tenants "doesn't address the fundamental issues of concerns to lessees", says the Independent Pub Confederation.

New fee will cost lessees £1,380 per year

Enterprise criticised over new charge

By John Harrington

Enterprise Inns has been criticised for adding a new monthly charge of £100 plus VAT to licensees who don't pay the pubco by direct debit. In a...

Luff: pulling no punches

BBC show slates pubcos

By John Harrington

Pubcos were slated for their treatment of tenants on BBC's Inside Out programme on Monday night. Peter Luff MP pulled no punches, referring to the...

MPs: IPC calls for fair and legal framework for tenants

IPC wants pubco review in one year

By Gemma McKenna

The new Independent Pub Confederation (IPC) wants MPs who conducted the probe into pubcos to formally review the trade's progress in one year's time.

Robertson: clearing up 'misunderstanding'

BII: benchmarking code has teeth

By John Harrington

The BII has rejected BBPA's claims that the content of pubco codes are not examined when they get a stamp for clarity from the BII.

Cocaine: 13kg, worth £1/2m was found at the Prince Regent

Drug-bust pub had illegal tenant

By Gemma McKenna

A pub at the centre of a £500,000 drugs bust was being operated by an illegally-assigned tenant without landlord Wellington Pub Company's knowledge....

Robertson: BII will police pubco performance of new code

BII: life will be much better for tenants

By Ewan Turney

BII boss Neil Robertson believes that life will be much better for new and existing pub tenants as a result of the new code of practice for pubcos....

Darby: mediation achieved a lot

Pub mediation achieved a lot

By Alastair Darby

Mediation achieved more than you might think. Here's the view of Alistair Darby, managing director of Marston's Pub Company. Fair Pint, the ALMR,...

Darby: not in pubcos favour to disadvantage tenants

Darby: let's get back to business

By Ewan Turney

Now is the time to draw a line under the pubco-tenant divide and work together to improve the trade, says Marston's Alastair Darby.

Whiteside: plan for reform

Punch: time to pull together in partnership

By Roger Whiteside

Roger Whiteside took over as boss of Punch's leased division a year ago. He talks about what he has discovered — and the way forward. I joined...

Pring: some good signs from pubcos

The devil will be in the detail

By Andrew Pring

The biggest pubcos pledge fairness and reform, but what about the others — and what about the nitty gritty of their offers, asks Andrew Pring.

Scott: emailed Roger Whiteside after reading MA article

Punch 'trespass' host wins reprieve

By Gemma McKenna

A Punch host about to be kicked out of his pub for "trespassing" as his name was incorrect on the lease has won a reprieve. Roger Whiteside, MD of...

Regionals are getting more interest in pubs

Recession prompts rise in pub applications

By Gemma McKenna

Regional brewers say applications for tenanted pubs have risen sharply since the start of the year — with increased redundancies cited as a reason....

Brian King

Brian King

By The PMA Team

Brian King managing director, Trust Inns (28) Why he is on the list: King heads up Trust Inns, which runs a nationwide estate of 600 tenanted and...

Fair Pint: want changes

Tied pub tenants converge on Westminster

By Ewan Turney

Around 200 tied pub tenants are due to descend on Westminster today to lobby MPs for support to change the pubco model. The Lobby Day, organised by...

Spirit bouncebacks are costing Punch

Spirit bouncebacks are costing Punch

By The PMA Team

The challenge of turning around Spirit, Punch's managed division, could be made harder by the problem of additional reversionary leases, according to...

Sykes: calling for change

Leases: clause and effect

By Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes, chairman of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, has called for a set of "standard compulsory clauses" to be inserted in pubco...

Bish: time for change

ALMR calls for major changes to pubco model

By Ewan Turney

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has proposed implementing major changes to the pubco model to ensure a "fair distribution of the economic benefit between the landlord and the lessee".

Greene King: 12-month tenancy options

Greene King gets rid of cooling-off

By John Harrington

Greene King has abandoned cooling-off periods for in-coming licensees in favour of 12-month stand-alone tenancies to give hosts a flavour of running...

Shannon Wells

Host's £37,000 water bill

By Gemma McKenna

An Enterprise Inns lessee is locked in dispute with Southern Water after receiving a £37,000 bill. The case raises the question of who is...

Regent Inns: sales drop

Regent Inns warns on its future

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Regent Inns has warned that the uncertainty of its trading position could affect its ability to operate as a going concern.

Enterprise: gas safety warning

Gas-test warning for licensed trade

By Gemma McKenna

Enterprise Inns has warned licensees on leases of more than seven years that they are responsible for gas safety testing. The warning comes amid...

County Estate: new short leases

County's new short lease deals

By The PMA Team

County Estate Management has launched a new free-of-tie tenancy for the 260-strong estate of Pubfolio pubs it manages. Would-be licensees are being...