Positive response: the site is the second Hickory’s has taken with Ei Commercial Properties

Ei and Hickory's agrees sequel deal

By Georgina Townshend

Ei Commercial Properties has "further strengthened its relationship" with barbecue restaurant chain Hickory’s Smokehouse following a "major £1m-plus investment" in Merseyside.

Unnecessary stress: Robin Wheeler speaks out over his experience with Marston's

Publican condemns Marston's over 'stress' of missing deposit

By Georgina Townshend

A publican has spoken out over the strain Marston's has caused him over his missing £5,000 deposit, and said that, based on his experience, it is "no wonder good operators are deserting the pub industry in droves”.

Huge concerns: MP Adrian Bailey slams Paul Newby and pubcos

Pubs code adjudicator and pubcos slammed by MP

By Georgina Townshend

An MP has blasted the behaviour of pubcos and the work of the pubs code adjudicator in a Westminster Hall debate, calling for adjudicator Paul Newby to be replaced and for a tougher approach to legislation.

 “Thorny issue”: Many tenants don't have sufficient funds to keep investing in their property

State of affairs: The cost of dilapidation

By Michelle Perrett

Licensees need to be aware of the potentially huge costs of dilapidations but, if maintenance and upkeep of a site is taken care of regularly, there should be little reason to be overly concerned

Fleurets' Sutcliffe: some rents are jumping to where we thought headline rents were maybe four to five years ago

Property: Average free of tie leases up as much as 22%

By Michelle Perrett

Rising rents, signs the London market has reached a tipping point, and the effects of Brexit, the national living wage and the new rating system are all covered in Fleurets’ annual rental survey.

Lease renewal: procedures should not be embarked on without the benefit of professional advice

Property advice: Give lease a chance

By Michelle Perrett

Lease renewals are a vital part of a publican’s business development, but procedures under the Landlord and Tenant Act are fraught with potential problems and shouldn’t be embarked on without the benefit of professional advice.

Key factors: It is crucial to get it right first time when deciding on tenancy or lease

Which is best, a tenancy or a lease?

By Michelle Perrett

Your knowledge of the pub business and how much money you have to spend are key factors in deciding whether you come into the trade on a tenancy, lease or a freehold. It is crucial to get it right first time

MRO concerns: evidence given to PCA was 'comprehensive', says PAS in letter to BBPA

PAS slams BBPA response to PCA's MRO report as ‘utter rubbish’

By Claire Churchard

The Pubs Advisory Service (PAS) has written an open letter criticising the response from the head of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to a report providing evidence that pub companies are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only...

Concerned: pubs code adjudicator Paul Newby vows to investigate MRO issues further

PCA to confront pub owning businesses over MRO blocking

By Claire Churchard

Pub-owning businesses (POBs) are blocking tied tenants’ access to the market rent only option (MRO) and going against the spirit of the pubs code, according to a report commissioned by the pubs code adjudicator’s office.