Multi-Site Pub Operators

J&S Pub Co takes on Star pub, Mist, in Scarborough

J&S takes on 5th Star site

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

North Yorkshire multiple operator, J&S Pub Company, has taken on its fifth Star Pubs & Bars pub, Mist in Scarborough, north Yorkshire, bringing its pub estate to seven.

Pushing forward: M&B reports profits of £120m

M&B reports profits of £120m

By Rebecca Weller

Large multi-site pub operator Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has reported profits of £120m for the first half of 2022.

Return to profit: Marston's reports  £369.7m revenue

Marston’s reports return to operating profit

By Shwetali Sapte

Marston’s PLC has reported a return to pub operating profit and normalised trading, with like-for-like (LFL) sales at 97% of 2019 levels in the 26 weeks ending 2 April.

Female drinkers' choices could lead to more cask ale sales

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Female drinkers could be key in cask take-up

By Gary Lloyd

Licensee Ady Smith operates Greene King pub the Dove Street Inn, in Ipswich, with partner Karen. Here he explains how they took on the site and how cask can break ground with younger people.

How to improve your range of soft drinks and sell more

Soft drinks feature

FEATURE: Go hard on capturing soft drinks sales

By Phil Mellows

It’s an old conundrum for the publican. You’d like to sell more soft drinks. You’d like to stock a bigger range. You’d like to offer your non-drinking customers something a little more interesting. In an ideal world. But as you may have noticed lately,...

What's in the news 13 May 2022?

Review of the week

'Everyone has got so creative with outside space, it's fantastic'

By Nikkie Thatcher

Directors of Green Salmon Co Jason Green and David Salmon spoke with The Morning Advertiser's Nikkie Thatcher to discuss the top headlines of this week including outlining how they retain staff and a trading update on the business.

Major refurb: Brakspear reopen the Bull, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Brakspear pub the Bull reopens after major makeover

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Multiple operator and brewer Brakspear has reopened the Bull on Bell Street in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after an extensive refurb, the first major investment within its managed estate since it was rebranded as Honeycomb Houses last autumn.

How can cask beer retain its relevance?

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How can cask beer retain its relevance?

By Nikkie Thatcher

A number of beer experts discussed how cask can remain relevant The Morning Advertiser’s MA Leaders Club in Manchester earlier this week (Tuesday 10 May).

UK GDP increased by 0.8% during the first quarter of 2022: ONS figures showed a 0.1% contraction in March 2022 (Credit: Getty/atiatiati)

GDP increases by 0.8% in first quarter of 2022

By Rebecca Weller

UK gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.8% during the first quarter of 2022 according to figures released by Office For National Statistics (ONS) today (Thursday 12 May).

Strong recovery: St Austell Brewery has more funding available to improve further in 2022

St Austell Brewery back in profit post-Covid

By Gary Lloyd

South-west-based brewer and pub operator St Austell Brewery has reported a strong recovery and a return to profitability in 2021 after the impact of the pandemic.

Christie & Co: A promising start to the year for the home counties pub market

Strong start to 2022 for home counties pub market

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The year has kicked off to a strong start for the country pub market across the home counties, with business property adviser Christie & Co’s hospitality team completing on six individual pub sales across the region during March alone.

Tipping battle: plans to allow sector staff to keep all tips were first spoken about in 2016 (credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Anger over plans to scrap tips law

By Gary Lloyd

Trade bodies have reacted angrily to national reports that plans to ensure hospitality staff get the tips they have earned have been axed.

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Boost your cider offer with this free PDF

By Gary Lloyd

Summer is on its way and what could be better than have a packed pub and, in particular, a packed beer garden to boost your bottom line?

Chapter Collection: the Clerk & Well is the first site under Stonegate's new division

Stonegate unveils new premium division

By Finn Scott-Delany, MCA editor

Stonegate has launched the first site under its new premium division, which will be known internally as the Chapter Collection.

Improving figures: JDW chairman Tim Martin expects ‘relative normality’ in the company's next financial year

JDW profits set to ‘break even’, boardroom switch announced

By Gary Lloyd

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has announced it “anticipates a ‘break-even’ outcome for profits in the current financial year” in its Q3 trading update, adding like-for-like sales were “slightly positive” for the last two weeks.

City centre: the next MA Leaders Club meeting will be in Manchester (image: Getty/ChrisHepburn)

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Manchester MA Leaders stellar line-up revealed

By The Morning Advertiser

This month (May) will see MA Leaders hit the iconic city of Manchester where we’ll also be hearing from a number of speakers and experts about business growth, the ongoing pricing issues and more.

Multiple operator: Nightcap currently has more than 30 sites in its estate

Nightcap’s growth trajectory continues

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Nightcap has continued its growth trajectory in the third quarter of its 2022 financial year, which is the 14 weeks ending 3 April.

Frisco boss Cuthbertson on cask ale

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We need to stop the ‘Real Ale Assassins’

By James Cuthbertson, director Frisco Group and ex-MD of Dark Star Brewing

Let’s be honest, as an industry, when it comes to cask beer, we need to do much better.

Looking to the future: now is the time to re-evaluate sector says Lorraine Copes

Racism hinders career progress according to new research

By Gary Lloyd

Some 43% of black people say their ethnicity has hindered career progression in the hospitality sector while only 7% of white people believe the same, according to the second edition of the Inside Hospitality report.

Multiple operator: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham founded the business two years ago

A deep dive into Nightcap’s acquisition trail

By Nikkie Thatcher

Multiple operator Nightcap has hit the acquisition trail hard, buying up a number of sites over the past 12 months, taking it to a 33-strong estate at present, with an additional 23 under offer or in legal negotiations.

New initiative: Young’s staff can choose their own work hours

Young’s gives staff power to choose hours

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Young’s has launched a new internal platform, the Ram Agency, to give employees the power to pick their working hours as part of its recruitment drive.

Clean slate: Hance McGhie offers advice on keeping your pub in mint condition

Five post-pandemic hygiene lessons

By Hance McGhie, business development executive, Chemisphere UK

The hospitality industry has been through many challenges during the pandemic but, as we all adapt to the emerging, restriction-free world with a hopeful eye on the future, some of the lessons learnt when it comes to hygiene can – and should – be built...

Rapid growth: Nightcap CEO Sarah Willingham says the Bristol opening for Blame Gloria is set to take place later this year (credit: Nicky Johnston)

Nightcap announces first Blame Gloria opening outside London

By Gary Lloyd

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, has announced another opening for the rapidly expanding group in the form of a Blame Gloria site, which sits under the Adventure Bar Group umbrella,...

Improve your offer: if you a new pub operator who wants to add cask ale to your range, we can help

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Call for new cask ale operators

By Ed Bedington

With cask beer being a unique product for UK pub operators, it’s important to ensure pubs are maximising the opportunity and getting it right and The Morning Advertiser (MA) is now seeking new operators to the trade to help them lay solid foundations...

Cider specialists: The Ciderologist Gabe Cook (above right) has lots of advice as do Thatchers, Kopparberg and Westons, among others

The Cider Report

FEATURE: Facts, stats and advice to push your cider offer

By Gary Lloyd

The Chinese new year began a couple of months ago, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, but operators of hospitality businesses will be hoping 2022 will be the ‘Year of the Pub’ as sites return to full use across the UK.

Trade hits back: The Oakman Group's Dermot King says businesses must be able to trade under a fair tax system

Give the Government credit WHEN credit is due

By Dermot King, CEO, The Oakman Group

The Oakman Group chief executive Dermot King responds to Lord Smith of Hindhead’s reaction to the hospitality sector over funding.

Recognising hard work: Fuller's celebrate Pride of Fuller's awards winners with Sunday lunches hosted by TV chef Brian Turner CBE

Fuller's celebrates Pride of Fuller's awards

By Rebecca Weller

Large multi-site pub operator Fuller, Smith and Turner has celebrated the Pride of Fuller's awards after receiving more than 250 nominations and selecting 20 winners.

Accolade received: North was awarded Best Brewing Pub Company at the 2022 Publican Awards

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North eyes London and Birmingham openings

By Nikkie Thatcher

Leeds-based operator and brewery North Bar/North Brew Co is looking to open sites in London and Birmingham, one of the co-founders told The Morning Advertiser.