Stonegate Pub Company

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Stonegate launches dynamic pricing

By Ed Bedington

The UK’s largest pub group has launched a new system of dynamic pricing, which could see prices increase in some pubs during busier periods.

Who is the new ceo of Stonegate?

McDowall 'I'm in my dream job'

By Ed Bedington

For some of us, we’re lucky enough to enjoy our jobs, but for Stonegate boss David McDowall, he’s delighted to find himself doing the job he’d always wanted!

Heart of the community: Craft Union Pub Company donates more than £37,000 to local projects

Craft Union donates £37,000 to local projects

By Rebecca Weller

Craft Union Pub Company, part of Stonegate’s managed pubs division, has donated more than £37,000 to local projects as part of its ‘Love your Local’ campaign.

Finalist info: here's a deeper dive into this year's Stonegate Pub of the Year shortlist

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Meet the finalists for Stonegate Pub of the Year

By The Morning Advertiser

Ahead of the 2022 Great British Pub Awards in a just a few days time, here's the lowdown on the finalists in running to be named Stonegate Pub of the Year.

Commemoration and celebration: Many pubs will stay open on the day of the Queen's funeral (Getty/ Walter Bibikow)

Pubs plan for Queen’s funeral

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Many pubs have opted to stay open next Monday (19 September), the day of the Queen’s funeral, to “celebrate” and “honour” her life and service.

Business comment: Stonegate leased and tenanted MD Nick Light said he was proud of the financial support the company had provided (image: Getty/Scott O'Neill)

Ei rent credits to stop at end of June

By Nikkie Thatcher

Tied Ei Publican Partnerships licensees on substantive agreements in England will receive rent credits until 20 June but The Morning Advertiser understands the credits will stop after this date.

Different amounts: the rent credits for tied tenants on substantive agreements will be tapered according to which tier they are in

Stonegate reveals rent credits for tiers

By Nikkie Thatcher

Stonegate Pub Company has unveiled three rent credit systems for its leased and tenanted arm – Ei Publican Partnerships – differing for each tier.

Beer sale: pubs are reducing the price of ale to help cut the amount thrown away

Pubs slashing ale pint prices to less than £1

By Nikkie Thatcher

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) and Stonegate Pub Company have cut prices of real ale to under £1 in a bid to throw as little beer away as possible during the second lockdown.

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


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

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'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’


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.

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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.

Be at One completes £20m refinancing

Be at One completes £20m refinancing

By Mark Wingett, MCA

Be At One, the Piper-backed cocktail bar group, has completed a £20m refinancing, and ended the sales process it started earlier this year.

Stonegate boss urges rethink on apprenticeship plans

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Pub boss calls for rethink on apprenticeship plans

By Ed Bedington

The government’s plans to impose an apprenticeship levy could put the brakes on the ability of the industry to train efficiently, a leading pub operator has warned.

Pictures: Pub openings - March 2016


Pictures: Pub openings - March 2016

By Oli Gross

The Publican's Morning Advertiser looks at pubs which were opened and renovated up and down the country in March 2016.

Stonegate Pub Company expands portfolio with 15 strong investment

Stonegate acquires Maclay Inns portfolio

By M&C Allegra FS

Stonegate Pub Company has announced a re-strengthening of its estate with the acquisition of 15 sites formerly operated by the Maclay Group, the Scotland-based pub, bar and hotel operator, which was placed into administration earlier this year.

Zonal complete Stonegate EPoS rollout

Zonal complete Stonegate EPoS rollout

By James Wallin, M&C Report

Zonal, the Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) provider to the hospitality industry, has completed the rollout of its Aztec software to the 614-strong Stonegate Pub Company estate in record time.

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Bramwell faces uncertain future as Stonegate eyes core estate

By Mark Wingett

Bramwell Pub Company, the c180-strong managed operator, is in talks to sell the better performing parts of its estate to rival operator Stonegate Pub Company, a little more than a year after undergoing a financial restructure and appointing a new management...