Punch makes changes to exec team

Punch announces exec team change

By Ed Bedington

Punch Pubs & Co has announced a shake-up within its executive team, which sees a couple of changes in senior roles.

New career: TLC Inns appoints ops director

TLC Inns appoints ops director

By James Wallin, MCA

Martin Baillie, who left Greene King this summer after 18 years, has joined TLC Inns as interim operations director, The Morning Advertiser's sister title MCA understands.

Concerns raised: Trade bodies and pubcos have said they are worried the handbook could 'create another level of complexity'

Concern raised over PCA's compliance handbook

By Georgina Townshend

While the pubs code adjudicator's recently published handbook for pub-owning businesses has largely been welcomed, there are worries it could "create another level of complexity, in addition to the existing code".

New investors: Admiral Taverns acquisition by Proprium and C&C has officially completed

Acquisition of Admiral Taverns complete

By Georgina Townshend

Admiral Taverns has "welcomed on board" its new investors after its purchase by Proprium Capital Partners and C&C Group has been officially completed.

New skills: the scheme will help kitchen staff, among others, further their careers

Stonegate unveils apprenticeship scheme

By Nikkie Sutton

Stonegate Pub Company has launched a new nationwide apprenticeship programme for back-of-house staff as part of its training scheme called the Albert Theory of Progression (ATOP).

New concept: pair of former The Restaurant Group (TRG) directors have launch new pub and restaurant venture

Ex-TRG directors launch new pub venture

By Mark Wingett, MCA

A pair of former The Restaurant Group (TRG) directors have launched a new pub and restaurant venture, which is set to open its debut site in the West Midlands later this summer.

Celebrating individuals: ALMR launches 2017's Operations Managers Awards

ALMR launches 2017 Operations Managers Awards

By Georgina Townshend

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has begun this year’s search to find the “best and brightest” leaders in pubs, restaurants and bars as part of the annual ALMR Operations Managers Awards. 

AHDB launches revamped quality scheme

AHDB launches revamped quality scheme

By Nikkie Sutton

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHBD) has launched a revamped quality standard mark (QSM) scheme alongside a new team of ambassadors.

Improving sales: food and drink sales on the up for M&B


Mitchells & Butlers’ sales on the up

By Nicholas Robinson

Pub group giant Mitchells & Butlers, which operates about 1,600 sites across the UK, has reported strong food and drink sales growth for the four weeks to 7 January, attributed to healthy Christmas trade.

ALMR name 2016 Operations Managers Awards winners

Operations Managers Awards

Best operations managers in the country named

By Liam Coleman

The winners of the ALMR Operations Managers Awards 2016, the yearly search for the best and brightest regional managers in the pub sector, have been announced at a gala ceremony in London.

Wadworth signs two apprentices to HQ


Wadworth signs two apprentices to HQ

By James Evison

Pub operator and family brewer Wadworth has appointed apprentices in its first support centre, allowing them to learn while they work in its marketing and business administration departments.

Paul Pavli:


Paul Pavli: "Hit a sticky patch? Produce a new business plan"

By Paul Pavli

One thing that never changes in the British pub market is the constant changes. Not only are there the usual internal industry challenges, from changing legislation to mergers and acquisitions, but influential external factors, from the rise of casual-dining...

Punch strategy chief to quit role


Punch strategy chief to quit role

By James Evison

Punch's chief strategy officer, Neil Griffiths is standing down from his role and will leave in November 2016.

Stonegate graduates and their MPs hit the House of Commons


Stonegate graduates and their MPs hit the House of Commons

By Liam Coleman

What did you get up to on Wednesday 9 September? Chances are you can’t remember because it was a regular day with very few noteworthy events. For 100 managers of Stonegate pubs, it will be a day that will live long in the memory.

Stonegate boss urges rethink on apprenticeship plans

Apprenticeship Levy

Pub boss calls for rethink on apprenticeship plans

By Ed Bedington

The government’s plans to impose an apprenticeship levy could put the brakes on the ability of the industry to train efficiently, a leading pub operator has warned.

New World Trading Co acquired by private equity firm

City news

New World Trading Co acquired by private equity firm


Graphite Capital, the private equity backer of Hawksmoor and Corbin & King, has acquired the fast-growing pub and restaurant business New World Trading Company (NWTC), in a £50m deal, MCA understands.

BII to ‘put pride in its membership’

BII to ‘put pride in its membership’

By Mike Berry

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is in a “healthy position” with membership and revenue growing, according to managing director Mike Clist.