Vibrant industry: pub groups were lauded for their fast growth and innovation in the hospitality sector

Pub groups recognised at the Retailers’ Retailer Awards

By James Wallin, MCA

Cutting edge pub groups were recognised at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer Awards, now in their 20th year and organised by MCA, the Morning Advertiser’s sister title, at London’s Guildhall on Wednesday night.

Supermarket trading restricted: Good or bad for pubs?

Supermarket trading restricted: Good or bad for pubs?

By Oli Gross

Plans to extend Sunday trading hours for supermarkets have been pulled after David Cameron expected opposition within his party, but would a relaxation of trading laws damage trade, or be beneficial?

M&B integrates 173 pubs; director goes to Enterprise Inns

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M&B integrates 173 pubs; director goes to Enterprise Inns

By MC Allegra FS

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has announced it has completed the integration of the 173-strong Orchid estate it acquired for £266m last June and said that following this Steve de Polo, who was most recently Orchid programme director, has decided to...

Most of the additional cash was spent on eating out in cafes and quick service restaurants

Eating out spend rises as fuel costs drop

By Mike Berry

Spending on eating out has increased as the fall in petrol prices drove consumers to pump an additional £12.81 each into the UK economy last month, as they benefited from an extra £19.81 in their pockets.

CAMRA says two pubs each week were converted into supermarkets between January 2012 and January 2014

MPs seek to end pub planning rights ‘scandal’

By Ellie Bothwell

MPs from the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group have tabled an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, seeking to “end the scandal” of pubs being demolished or turned into supermarkets without planning permission.

Greene King reports managed like-for-like sales rise

Greene King reports managed like-for-like sales rise

By Mark Wingett

Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has reported a 2.2% rise in like-for-like sales across its managed estate for the 51 weeks to 21 April 2013 and said it expected to meet market expectations for the full year.

Senior pub figures to talk at Pub Retail Summit

Senior pub figures to talk at Pub Retail Summit

By John Harrington

Leading figures from across the sector are to speak at the Pub Retail Summit 2012, a must-attend conference focusing on the managed pub industry, at London’s Landmark Hotel on Thursday, 8 November.

'The pub experience has no real competition', says Rob Willock

Experience key to survival

By Rob Willock

I’d rather be running a pub than a shoe shop right now. And that’s not just because the idea of handling people’s feet all day turns my stomach.

Accredited: S&NPC BDMS put through BIIAB training programme

S&NPC puts BDMs through BIIAB training programme

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company (S&NPC) has put all its business development managers (BDMs) through a BIIAB accredited BDM training programme which it claims is the most comprehensive in the leased pub sector.

Appeal: Paul Charity thinks M&B should join the ALMR

Time for change: an open letter to Bob Ivell

By The PMA Team

Dear Bob, I trust you’re well. Welcome back to the pub trade. You will have noticed that right now our industry’s collective voice is as fragmented as ever. I know there have been a few distractions at Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), Bob, but things...

Coulson: alcohol price hikes will not sit well with the public

The below-cost sales minefield

By Peter Coulson

It does not surprise me that the Government is having some difficulty in resolving the issues involved in supermarket low-cost sales (Cheap booze ban: work continues — the PMA, 20 October).

Supermarkets: cheap booze

Brighton Council seeks VAT rise for off-licence sales

By Ewan Turney

Brighton & Hove City Council is the first local authority to call for the Government to set differential rates of VAT for the on and off-trades to help combat the cheap booze fuelling binge drinking.

Consumer confidence could be hit

Riots: Losses could reach £392m

By Michelle Perrett

The riots and looting across the UK have already cost retailers £80m in lost sales, according to research from Kelkoo. The figures, produced by the...

Underage drinkers: get most of their alcohol from friends

Under-18s can help solve drink issues

By Ewan Turney

Under-18s and their parents can make the greatest contribution in combating underage drinking, a new consultation on test purchase operations has...

Supermarket beer: promos should be moved  from entrances, says Lansley

Trade: 'be tougher on supermarkets'

By Adam Pescod

Trade leaders and licensees have urged the Government to take more robust action over the failure of supermarkets to curb promos.

Grand Union: 12th site opening

Grand Union Paddington is a big deal

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Grand Union Group (GUG), the fast-growing London-based multi-site operator, will open its 12th and biggest site next week in Paddington.

ID checks: only way to beat test purchase operations

Test purchase self regulation an option

By Sonya Hook, The Grocer

The Government is considering letting retailers and pubs conduct their own test-purchasing operations to stop underage sales of alcohol if they can...