Punch Taverns

Dates for the diary

Events

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. 

Punch Taverns stress all help has been given

Punch

Punch tenant calls for more pubco support

By Emily Sutherland

A Punch Taverns tenant has urged pub companies to provide more support after falling behind with rent payments and being asked to leave her pub after seven years.

Andy Slee is leaving Punch after five years

People News

Andy Slee departs Punch Taverns

By James Wallin, M&C Allegra Foodservice

Punch Taverns has announced that external affairs and central operations director Andy Slee is leaving after almost five years with the company.

Greene King has legally completed its acquisition of Spirit Pub Company

City News

Greene King completes Spirit acquisition

By Mark Wingett, M&C Allegra

Greene King has officially completed the £774m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company to create what is described as “a real force to be reckoned with”.

Punch Taverns half-year profits

Operator news

Punch delivers profits

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Punch Taverns has reported a 0.5% rise in like-for-like income in its core estate for the 28 weeks to 7 March 2015 and EBITDA down from £108m for the period last year to £105m this year.

Robert Glenn said Punch’s partnership agreement with tenants should include “sharing the loss equally”

Tenant slams Punch for lack of support

By Ellie Bothwell

A Punch Taverns tenant has hit out at the lack of support from the pub company six months after his outlet was named Best Partnership Pub in the North West at the Great British Pub Awards.

Punch is also looking to further roll out Champs, its four-strong highstreet sports bar concept

Punch plans to expand Mighty Local model

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Punch Taverns believes there is potential to convert “hundreds” of its sites — both across its core and turnaround estate — to its fledgling wet-led community local model, Mighty Local, subject to clarity on the market rent only option (MRO), the Publican's...

Ex-Punch employee loses unfair dismissal claim

Ex-Punch employee loses unfair dismissal claim

By Ellie Bothwell

A former employee of Punch Taverns has lost a tribunal case, in which he had accused the pub company of unfair dismissal and detriment following whistle blowing.

Try January: Promoting the trade (pic: twitter.com/thecraftbeerco)

More operators sign up to Try January

By Jessica Mason

Try January, the campaign that calls on pubs and bars to reclaim January and challenge people to try new drinks and dishes and make the month more inspiring and experimental, has gathered further momentum with more operators, including Punch Taverns,...

If all requisite approvals are obtained, the restructure proposals are expected to become effective on 8 October

Punch restructure edges closer

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Punch Taverns’ restructure has edged closer after more creditors gave their backing to its proposals.

Punch research found that 90% of tenants think on-going training is important to their pub business

Punch re-launches tenants training programme

By Ellie Bothwell

Punch Taverns has re-launched its tenants training programme, after claiming new licensees often “underestimate” the expertise they need to run a successful pub.

10 key issues for pubs in 2014

10 key issues for pubs in 2014

By Phil Mellows

Phil Mellows picks out 10 key issues that could help determine the fortunes of Britain’s pubs this year, including the proposed statutory code, turmoil at Punch Taverns and the impact of the recent storms on trade.

Licensee Dave Smith: 'Is Punch so desperate that it has to employ these services at, no doubt, extreme costs to try to ‘catch out’ already hard pushed tenants?'

Punch tenants angry over 'surprise' stock audits

By Ellie Bothwell

Punch Taverns tenants have expressed their anger after the pub company recruited a third party agency to carry out surprise stock audits in its pubs, as part of a fresh crackdown on licensees buying outside the tie.

Pavli:

Are you ‘really’ listening?

By Paul Pavli

In the past I have questioned whether licensees are really listening to, and engaging with, customers by creating relevant marketing collateral and promotional activities. This time I want to talk about customer feedback and how (or if) staff, managers...

Punch Taverns: 'The restructuring proposals are final'

Punch announces full restructure proposal

By John Harrington

Punch Taverns, the tenanted and leased pub operator, has announced the full terms of its debt restructuring proposal and said that failure to effect the restructure would be expected to lead to a default in the near-term.