Multi-Site Pub Operators

Sales boost and high-end predictions: All Bar One (pictured) is one of M&B's brands

M&B lfl sales up 7% and buys Pesto Restaurants

By Gary Lloyd

Mitchells & Butlers has claimed to be outperforming the market in like-for-like (lfl) sales and expects its annual results to be at the top end of its forecasts.

Expert insight: Lumina Intelligence's Maggie Davis highlights top trends shaping the pub sector

3 key trends shaping the pub market

By Nikkie Thatcher

Utilising space, tapping into experiences and drinks innovation are three trends operators should be showcasing in their businesses, one expert urged.

Excuses made: often a change of plans will see a booking cancelled or result in a no-show (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Top 5 reasons for no-shows

By Gary Lloyd

One in five hospitality guests fail to turn up for a reservation because they booked multiple venues to ensure they would get in somewhere.

 Boxing clever: a good relationship between pubs and suppliers is more important than ever (credit: Getty/andresr)

FEATURE – Supplier relations

FEATURE: Get a love-love relationship with your suppliers

By Nigel Huddleston

Perhaps it’s the result of successive economic shocks – most recently fuelled by the catalytic impact of the pandemic – but there seems to have been a fundamental shift in the relationships between pub operators and suppliers over the past decade or so.

Mixed bag: More than £50m pints pulled across bank holiday weekend but trade down vs 2023 levels (Credit: Getty/SolStock)

Pubs report mixed results for bank holiday

By Rebecca Weller

More than 50m pints were estimated to have been pulled across the May Day bank holiday (3 – 6 May), though sales were down against 2023 as pubs report mixed trading results.

Business change: Rekom UK will now be named Neos Hospitality (image: Getty/John M Lund Photography Inc)

Rekom UK splits from group owner

By Nikkie Thatcher

Nightlife business Rekom UK has separated from its owner, Rekom Group and has been renamed Neos Hospitality.

Back of the net: score big with the Euro 2024 tournament (credit: Getty/Aksonov)

FEATURE - Euro 2024

FEATURE: Know the score with the Euros

By Matt Eley

Once the final whistle is blown on the domestic football season, the attention of fans will quickly veer to Euro 2024.

Incredibly pleased: Greene King Pub Partners opens 50th Hive Pub

Greene King opens 50th Hive Pub

By Rebecca Weller

Greene King Pub Partners, the tenanted and franchised arm of Greene King, has opened its 50th Hive Pub.

Strong trading: Loungers delivers record revenue (Pictured: CEO Nick Collins left and founder Alex Reilley right)

Loungers delivers record revenue

By Shwetali Sapte, MCA

Loungers has delivered record total revenue of £353.5m in the 53 weeks to 21 April 2024 (FY24), up 24.7% on £283.5m in FY23.

Must attend: the next MA Leaders event is happening in Cardiff on 16 May

Stellar speakers lined up for MA Leaders Cardiff

By Nikkie Thatcher

We’re heading to the capital and largest city of Wales – Cardiff next month (Thursday 16 May) for the MA Leaders Club conference and we can now reveal a flavour of the agenda.

New sites: Loungers has a ‘fantastic pipeline’ (Muro Lounge in the north-east pictured)

Loungers opens eight sites since end of January

By Gary Lloyd

The rapid rollout of Loungers new site openings has reached one every 10 days since the end of January this year – bringing the total number in its portfolio to 257.

How to boost spirits sales in pubs

DRINKS MASTERCLASS

Top tips for expanding your reputation for spirits

By Rebecca Weller

As spirits sales continue to struggle across the on-trade, The Morning Advertiser (The MA) has looked into how pubs can maximise opportunities to push growth within the category.

Business plan: the strategy aims to return the company to profitability

Revolution Bars sets out restructuring plan

By Hannah Currie, MCA

Revolution Bars Group has revealed more details of its restructuring plan and future strategy, which it says comes in response to a series of external challenges affecting the business.

Milestone: Little Door & Co to open fifth site (Pictured: Kamran Dehdashti and Jamie Hazeel)

Little Door & Co to open 'milestone' fifth site

By Rebecca Weller

London-based house-party inspired late night bar and restaurant concept, Little Door & Co., has announced it will open its “milestone” fifth bar this summer.

Scottish operator: BrewDog CEO James Watt claims the business is 10% ahead of on-trade rivals

BrewDog’s ‘phenomenal’ Q1 2024 performance

By Gary Lloyd

Despite the hospitality sector and craft beer having a “very challenged” start to 2024, BrewDog’s performance has been “phenomenal”, according to CEO James Watt.

Cask thoughts: Tim Bird met with Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt off the back of his previous opinion article on The MA

OPINION

OPINION: Pubs cannot afford to fail the ale test

By Tim Bird, owner of Cheshire Cat Pubs & Inns

It has been a busy time since my last ‘Opinion’ article when I shared my concerns that, as an industry, we are at times a little too ‘doom and gloom’ and raised the question as to whether we are asking Government for too many things to help our cause.

What's in the news 12 April

Review of the Week

The art of keeping things simple!

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Livelyhood non-exec director and business consultant Karen Bosher for her take on the weeks news which has seen a number of results and mergers