Stonegate Pub Company

Double standards: the Kings Arms sits on the ground floor while the adjoining Popworld brand is on the level above

My Pub: the Kings Arms, Morecambe, Lancashire

By Simon Longbottom

Adam Hulme took over the Kings Arms as general manager almost a year ago and has seen it through a million-pound transformation. Here, he tells Stonegate boss Simon Longbottom what makes the pub tick and where he’d like the pubco to invest in its future.

Secrets to success: Stonegate has ‘grown up’ with 770 locations across the UK, employing 15,000 people

Five lessons from Stonegate’s success

By Simon Longbottom

Five years and 12 major acquisitions after chief executive Simon Longbottom joined the business, Stonegate Pub Company is on the cusp of becoming the UK’s largest pub operator. Here he reveals five lessons underpinning the company’s growth.

More than pulling pints: recruiting and retaining staff in the hospitality sector is an ongoing problem but pub companies are going above and beyond to help

Spotlight

Busting the myths around jobs in hospitality

By Nikkie Thatcher

Guest editor Simon Longbottom sets the brief for this issue’s Spotlight feature, which looks at debunking the myths surrounding jobs in the hospitality sector.

Stone-cold ambition: internal promotion is big at Stonegate with a focus on training and leadership

Big interview

'Please judge us on our track record' says Stonegate boss

By Ed Bedington

It’s been a tumultuous year in the pub trade on the acquisition front but the news that Stonegate was bidding for the much larger Ei Group still caught many by surprise. One of the leading architects of the deal Simon Longbottom reveals all.

Pub heritage: ‘Despite continued economic and political uncertainty, the appeal of the community pub and its role has arguably never been more valid’

Opinion

Government help is vital for pubs

By Simon Longbottom

For centuries, pubs have constantly demonstrated their ability to evolve and adapt to reflect the changing needs of society, according to Stonegate Pub Company chief executive Simon Longbottom.

Pub sector champion: Stonegate's Ian Payne receives MBE in Queen's birthday honours

Pub luminary recognised in Queen’s birthday honours 2018

By Claire Churchard

Ian Payne, founder and chairman of Stonegate Pub Company, has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to the hospitality and pub industry with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award.

Simon Longbottom, CEO, Stonegate Pub Company

My Shout: Simon Longbottom, CEO, Stonegate Pub Company

By Simon Longbottom

Our industry is facing unprecedented inflationary and political challenges, and many are in the area of people and employment, the national living wage, the apprenticeship levy and the potential post-Brexit shortfall in labour to name but three.