Managing Director

Cost price: almost half (46%) of consumers say price impacts their decision to drink 'soft drinks' when out, according to CGA

Moving soft drinks upmarket

By Andrew Don

Publicans do not have to be soft to give non-alcoholic drinks a hard push but they should do it with panache.

Big numbers: some 1.5bn desserts were consumed in the out-of-home market in the year to November 2017, according to global information company The NPD Group.(image credit: unalozm/istock/

Sweet wise: how to get desserts right

By Nikkie Sutton

Though desserts are traditionally the final taste diners have of a meal, it also means the dish will be their last impression, making it crucial operators get it right.

Centralised source: Ei Group will work with Yext in order to provide accurate, up-to-date public information about pubs in its portfolio

Ei Group partners with Yext to manage online portfolio information

By Stuart Stone

Ei Group has collaborated with digital knowledge management provider Yext in order to maximise the visibility of its portfolio of pubs, improve customer experience and drive footfall through a centralised, online, bank of information on its estate.

Pleasure principle: for some, paying for premium is a marker of success (image based on TAW4/iStock/

Drinks: what is premium?

By Andrew Don

Premium drinks offer potential for enhanced profits, but when is a drink ‘premium’ and when is it not? The answer isn’t always clear cut.

The BII's Mike Clist wants to put pride back into the organisation

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.

Preparing for the rent review fight


Preparing for the rent review fight

By Michelle Perrett

The term ‘rent review’ can strike fear into the heart of any licensee. Michelle Perrett finds out how to negotiate the best possible deal in the first of this two-part series.

The best business lessons learnt by multiple operators this year


The best business lessons learnt by multiple operators this year

By Emily Sutherland

As the year draws to a close, the PMA asked some of the industry's top multiple site operators to cast their mind back over 2015 and share the one business lesson they know now that they wished they'd known at the start of the year. 

Top 10 pub games: What's your vote?


Top 10 pub games: What's your vote?

By Oli Gross

The Publican's Morning Advertiser reveals an expert's top ten games for pubs - but which do you think is best?James Masters, managing director of Masters Games - which specialists in pub games - gave the PMA his top ten and explained why each...

Dates for the diary


Dates for the diary

By Emily Sutherland

Time to get your diary out - a number of key events for multiple site operators will take place through October and November. 

McMullens appoints managing director

McMullens appoints managing director

By M&C Allegra

McMullens, the Hertfordshire brewer and pub operator, has announced the appointment of Tom McMullen as joint managing director.

Jo and Steve Haslam who run TLC Inns


TLC Inns plans Grand Central expansion and ops director appointment

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Steve Haslam, managing director of TLC Inns, has told the Publican's Morning Advertiser's sister title M&C Report that the lack of good quality pub sites on the market has led the company to focus on its Grand Central concept, which could...

The appointment completes the restructure of the company


Stonegate appoints M&B man to top role

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Managed pub operator Stonegate has announced that Nick Andrews, currently brand operations director at Mitchells & Butlers, will join the company as managing director of its Traditional Pubs business.

What does 2015 hold for the property market? (img: flickr - Elliot Brown)

Pub property predictions for 2015

By Ellie Bothwell

How will the pub property market perform in 2015? The Publican’s Morning Advertiser speaks to the agents in the know.

Spirit Leased has added a platinum module to its training programme

Spirit expands training programme

By James Wallin

Spirit Leased Pubs has launched two new training packages on the back the popularity of its ‘In Pub’ programme.

'Caution should be taken as a nil premium lease does not simply mean that you are being given a free pub'


A guide to nil premium leases

By Matt Bettesworth

Matt Bettesworth, managing director of Bettesworths, explains the pros and cons of taking on a nil-premium lease

JW Lees is accelerating its growth plans

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.

Tim Page is the new CAMRA chief executive

CAMRA appoints new chief executive

By James Wallin

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its new chief executive, three months after Mike Benner left the post.

Senior directors at Young's saw a hike in their remuneration last year

Pay rises for Young's directors as bonus package doubles

By John Harrington

Senior directors of Young’s, the London-based pub operator, saw substantial uplifts in their remuneration packages in 2013/2014 after total bonuses paid almost doubled from £506,323 to just over £1m.

Wolsey was given his honour for services to business and the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland

Beannchor MD Bill Wolsey is made OBE

By John Harrington

Bill Wolsey, managing director of Northern Ireland-based hospitality firm Beannchor, has become an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Simon and Robert Theakston will work side by side for the first time

Yorkshire brewers team up to celebrate Tour de France

By Helen Gilbert

Black Sheep Brewery and T&R Theakston will be working side by side for the first time as they gear up to help the market town of Masham celebrate its inclusion of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart.

Loungers MD Alex Reilley said the firm is targeting 15 openings next year

Loungers to hit 90-site mark ahead of time

By Mark Wingett

Loungers, the Piper-backed café-bar operator, is likely to reach 90 sites by 2017, ahead of an earlier target of 70 by that date, as it reveals the details of the next handful of property acquisitions.

A number of operators reported increased sales on Tax Parity Day on

Campaigners hail Tax Parity Day a success

By Mark Wingett

Last Wednesday’s Tax Parity Day (25 September), which saw up to 15,000 outlets take part in a national day of action as part of the campaign to reduce VAT for the sector to 5%, helped increase sales for participating operators by up to 23%, while also...