What's in the news 11 November

Reasons to be optimistic

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with Robinsons Brewery's William Robinson to discuss the economic outlook and grounds for optimism amid the challenges we're facing.

Loungers in Bournemouth: success in the sun

Loungers' turnover boost

By Mark Wingett

Loungers, the privately-owned group behind the Lounge and Cosy Club concepts, has reported a 55% growth in turnover for the 12 months to 30 April,...

Turner: god performance from Fuller's

Profit and sales up at Fuller's

By Ewan Turney

London brewer and pub operator Fullers has reported an 11% rise in pre-tax profit to £16.8m for the 26 weeks to 25 September. Revenue rose 4% to...

Rental figures: from Fleurets annual survey

Fewer pub rent reviews in recession

By Gemma McKenna

The economic downturn has meant a slowdown in the number of rent reviews being carried out — that's according to Fleurets annual rental survey....

A shift in focus

A shift in focus

By Hamish Champ

Ask any operator for a 'shopping list' of what is necessary to run a good pub and having well-trained, qualified staff is bound to feature. But...

Simmonds: positive about code

BBPA: get on board with new pub code

By Ewan Turney

The new boss of the British Beer and Pub Association has urged the whole industry to consider its new code and "get on board".

Living Rooms is one of PBR's prized brands

BDO: several parties interested in Premium

By The PMA Team

The administrator for Premium and Bars Restaurants has reported that there are several parties interested in buying parts of the business. Dermot...

Pring: pubcos want their pubs to stay open

Help! We need everybody's

By Andrew Pring

Whether or not pubcos are able or willing to offer help to licensees, additional trade initiatives are vital, says Andrew Pring.

Flatters: take advantage of stressed workers

Pubs can capitalise on "sod it" factor

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Pub retailers should concentrate on the segmentation of their offering if they are to survive a recession, according to a leading futurist and...

On-trade sales volumes are down 8%

Pubs suffering miserable summer

By Lucy Britner

Pubs have endured another miserable summer as consumers look to save money and take advantage of cheap off-trade deals — on-trade sales volumes are down 8% on last year but up 3% in the off-trade.

Paul Boggia

Paul Boggia

Paul Boggia, licensee, the Kingston Arms in Cambridge Corporate goal for the year? We have two: a defensive, reactive goal (partly in anticipation of...