Multi-Site Pub Operators

Pubs need help: hospitality leaders have written to the Government (credit: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

BBPA members demand help ahead of Budget

By Gary Lloyd

Leaders of more than 80 of the UK’s pub companies and breweries – who are members of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) – have written to the Chancellor to demand action at next month’s Budget on VAT, business rates and beer duty.

Business anniversary: Urban Pubs & Bars is celebrating 10 years of trading this year

A look at Urban Pubs & Bars’ history

By Nikkie Thatcher

We’ve taken a look back at how Urban Pubs & Bars was formed and how the group is dealing with the current challenges facing the sector.

What's in the news 9 February

REVIEW OF THE WEEK

‘VAT cut would allow us to pay staff more’

By Gary Lloyd

The Morning Advertiser’s associate features editor Gary Lloyd caught up with Banwell House Pub Company managing director Toby Brett to get his take on the week's news, what he wants from the Spring Budget and gives a prediction for England v Wales...

Huge funding: the £3.8million raised is the equivalent of £434 every hour in 2023 and could fund up to 82,353 Macmillan nursing hours

GK celebrates £3.8m raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

By Gary Lloyd

Suffolk-based brewer and pub operator Greene King is celebrating another record-breaking fundraising year for Macmillan Cancer Support after its pubs, breweries and support centres raised an amazing £3.8m in 2023.

Company history: Urban Pubs & Bars was founded in 2014

Urban Pubs & Bars ‘poised for expansion’

By Nikkie Thatcher

London-based multiple operator Urban Pubs & Bars has reported an upswing in sales and turnover in its latest trading update and is eyeing further growth.

Positive future: sales up 11.5% at Fuller's

Fuller's sales up 11.5%

By Rebecca Weller

Fuller, Smith & Turner has reported like-for-like sales growth of 11.5% in the 42 weeks to Saturday 20 January 2024.

New ways: Lucky Saint research offers insight into changing consumer habits (Credit: Getty/NoSystem images)

74% Brits see pub as key to community

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Three quarters of Brits (74%) see the pub as key to the community, research from alcohol-free beer brand Lucky Saint has revealed.

Property refurbs: this week's round-up features Brotherhood, Shepherd Neame and Inn Collection Group

PROPERTY

Brotherhood bars invests £500k into refurb

By Rebecca Weller

This week's property refurb round-up includes investments from sports bars operator Brotherhood, pub with rooms brand Inn Collection and Shepherd Neame.

People focus: 'We're a people business. Our first priority is for the team and our partners, suppliers and customers,' North co-founder Christian Townsley tells The Morning Advertiser

North Brewing co-founder ‘debt repayments like cement shoes’

By Nikkie Thatcher

The burden of debt repayments alongside a plethora of ongoing challenges were cited as the reasons behind Leeds-based business North Brewing filing a notice of intention to appoint administrators, one of the co-founders told The Morning Advertiser.

Boss comments: M&B chief executive Phil Urban was delighted by the firm's trading performance

7.7% sales upswing for M&B

By Nikkie Thatcher

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has reported like-for-like sales growth of 7.7%, according to a trading update for the 15 weeks to 13 January 2024.

New site opening: Alex and Matt Crowther are opening the Lost Pug

Beer & Coffee Company to open the Lost Pug

By The Morning Advertiser

The Warwickshire-based bar and restaurant group behind venues including pubs the Royal Pug, the Fat Pug and the Black Pug in Warwick, and the Lazy Pug in Shipston is continuing to expand with plans for a new Pug venue.

Honoured: Tim Martin, Adam Handling and Stuart Broad

New Year’s Honours roll call review

By Gary Lloyd

The New Year Honours list always attracts attention and the recent awards were no exception as JD Wetherspoon (JDW) chairman Tim Martin received a knighthood for his services to hospitality and culture.

Fresh challenge: taking on a pub or moving to a different site could be just what the doctor ordered (credit: getty/andresr)

The surge in applications to run a pub

By Gary Lloyd

“New year, new me.” So often the cry of someone who managed to survive the previous 365 days despite facing hammer blows all the way with the intention of reversing such misfortunes in the time it will take for the Earth to revolve around the sun again.